Cheese, Marvelous Cheese! Two Festivals on the Horizon

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Kathleen Cotter continues to be the big cheese among mongers in town, especially since she moved her shop, The Bloomy Rind, in with the master meatsters at Porter Road Butcher. Cotter not only sells a lot of cheese, but she is passionate about educating consumers about artisan products and introducing them to the craftsmen that sell to her.

Her second annual Southern Artisan Cheese Festival will be held 3:30-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Nashville Farmers' Market. Cotter has invited more than 20 regional cheesemakers and another 20 or so regional food artisans. She expects to sell out quickly and has capped attendance at 1,000 this year to allow time and space for attendees to interact with the exhibitors. For more information, check out the official festival website. You can purchase your tickets here.

If you've got a traveling bone and also like a little bourbon from time to time, there's another cheese event coming up next weekend. Woodford Reserve has teamed up with Kenny Mattingly of Kentucky purveyor (and Nashville favorite) Kenny's Farmhouse Cheese for the first in a new series of classes designed to showcase their bourbon with different artisan foods that inspire the palate.

Here are the details of the event, which will cost $50/person:

We are pleased to feature many local cheeses from around the Bluegrass and especially honored to welcome Kenny Mattingly to the distillery to talk about cheese making and why it pairs so well with great bourbon. Guests will begin their sensory experience with a tour of the Woodford Reserve Distillery to discover the five sources of flavor that make our bourbon authentic and unique. Following the tour, enjoy an assortment of local and global, artisan cheeses, sweet and savory crackers and wafers and custom mixed Woodford Reserve Cocktails. Meet Kenny, discuss cheeses and Woodford and enjoy learning and tasting a great new dimension to the flavor of Woodford Reserve Bourbon.

WHO: Cheese and Bourbon Expert, Kenny Mattingly

WHEN: September 8, 2012 1:00- 4:00 PM

WHERE: Woodford Reserve Distillery Visitor Center

7855 McCracken Pike, Versailles, KY 40383

Cost: $50 per person

Reservations are required and can be made by contacting Marnie Walters at (859) 879-1939 or marnie_walters@b-f.com. This event is only for those guests who are 21 years of age or older. A credit card number must be given to secure a reservation. Credit cards will be charged the full amount at 9:00 AM EST on September 5th, 2012. Guests can cancel their reservation anytime before that date/time with no penalty, however a refund will not be issued, nor be applied to a future event if you cancel any time after the date and time specified above.

Tomorrow is the deadline to buy tickets, so get on it!

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