The 2010 Seattle Cheese Festival took place on May 15-16th. Good weather and my love of cheese couldn’t keep me away this year (as I had not been previously). http://www.seattlecheesefestival.com/ The festival takes place on the cobbled streets of the Pike Place Market – Seattle.
The event offers a sampling of dozens of artisinal cheeses from producers around the world. There is a wine garden (mostly lower priced wines), educational seminars, and cooking demonstrations. Also, there are over 35 Seattle area restaurants that offer a “Cheese Fest Best” dish during the week of the festival (the restaurants are not at the actual Festival). My husband and I tasted some of the cheese offered and purchased a Roquefort (most cheese was available for purchase at a discount). My favorite was a Gorgonzola from Italy. Also, we liked that Mt. Townsend Creamery http://www.mttownsendcreamery.com/ brought some of their specialty cheeses as well. The festival has a lively atmosphere but I probably wouldn’t go back anytime soon as the logistics are not well executed. Many people stood in long lines while others would walk up to their destination and take their sample. Frankly, if you stood in those long lines (as we did at the beginning), it would make for a very long day. But cheese is always fun – isn’t it? Sample a variety of cheese at Whole Foods, take a class or try DeLaurenti’s Saturday wine tasting (which is paired with cheese). DeLaurenti’s is a primary sponsor for the festival.
DeLaurenti Specialty Food & Wine is a must-see when visiting the Pike Place Market (or Seattle). Whatever your culinary endeavors are, the deli offers the best specialty foods, cheese (hundreds offered) and deli meats around! http://delaurenti.com/
Macrina Bakery & Cafe offered a number of different breads at the Festival. Macrina offers bread, pasteries, cakes, catering, wedding cakes, and a number of delicious cafes serving brunch and lunch. http://www.macrinabakery.com/ Oh Mamma Mia!
A number of notable mentions for take-out are Piroshky-Piroshky (did not try today) and Mee Sum Pastry. A favorite at Mee Sum is the Pork Hom Bow. On this day, we had the Pork Hom Bow and a Pork Stick. http://www.piroshkybakery.com/ Of course there are numerous other notable options at and around Pike Place Market. I will leave those for another outing on a different day. Salud! http://www.pikeplacemarket.com/