Minnesota Cheese Festival returns and expands

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They ask that you slice the cheese, don't cut it

Something pungent this way wafts: The Minnesota Cheese Festival returns September 14-15 as a two-day festival of all the gooey good. This year they've also paired with the newly formed Minnesota Cheese Guild (a not-for-profit group that raises awareness of artisan cheeses) to create a weekend-long session-based event. Whether attending informational demonstrations (like learning about beer and wine pairing or how to pull mozzarella), meeting the cheese makers, or simply sampling the goods, attendees at this year's festival will probably have their best experience yet.

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Minnesota milk aged to perfection
The event will be held at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds Saturday and Sunday, September 14 and 15. Each day's attendance is being broken into two sessions, one from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and another from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., in an effort to control the long lines that plagued the first year of the festival.

General admission tickets are $15 per session per day for adults or $10 for kids 10 to 3 (kids 2 and under are free). Cheese lovers 21 years old and up, looking for a little extra, can also purchase VIP tickets for $65. VIPs receive all-day access on either day. They will also be treated to a private event from 1-2 p.m. featuring hands-on workshops from Minnesota's leading cheese experts. VIPs also receive a premium parking pass, private event entrance, complimentary cheese trio, and a glass of wine or beer.

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Glorious camembert from Bent River
Cheesemakers and other vendors from all over the region will be in attendance, including
Singing Hills Dairy, Ellsworth Creamery, Caves of Fairbault, Wisconsin Sheep's Dairy Coop, Swiss Valley Farms, Rochdale Farms, Shepard's Way, Pasture Pride, Zweber Farms, Ames Honey, Salty Tart Bakery, Pam's Pepper Jam, and more. Plus, they'll have a food truck! The new darling from the downtown curbs, the Moral Omnivore, will serve some of their conscientious dishes featuring Minnesota cheeses. 

Plus, you can bring that cheese love home with cheese coolers, posters, accessories, and more. For more information visit the Minnesota Cheese Festival online.

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