Cheese Fest!

This year some of the finest chefs in WNC will compete for two awards in CHEESE TEASE at the Carolina Mountain Cheese Fest: The People’s Choice Award and the Food Critic’s Award. Chefs will showcase their artistry, creating an amuse bouche with everyone’s favorite ingredient: cheese!

Each year our fest hosts a chef competition and we’re happy to announce this year’s theme and the competitors! This little taste of heaven can be sweet or savory to pique the appetite. The one-bite masterpiece will be judged on taste, presentation and creativity. The festival is held to benefit the members of the WNC Cheese Trail and each year we invite our associate members to participate in the chef competition. 


• Albemarle Inn- Defending her People’s Choice Award 2018

• Chestnut – Defending their Food Critics Award 2018

• Early Girl Eatery

• Laughing Seed Café

• Rhubarb

The Carolina Mountain Cheese Fest, a celebration of all things cheese, returns to the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina on Sunday, April 28 at Highland Brewing. The competition is judged by two sets of judges every year. The People’s Choice judges are festival attendees who purchase a tasting ticket. They taste what the chefs have prepared and use their tasting ticket at their vote. The People’s Choice judging tickets are available on the website, and the chef with the most votes becomes the reigning People’s Choice Awardee. The second set of judges are influential foodies that conduct a blind taste test. They choose the winner of the Food Critic’s Award through a point system. We’ve invited some of our local food critics and are narrowing our list down to three judges…

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Where: Highland Brewing Company in Asheville, NC

When: Sunday, April 28, from noon to 5 p.m. with purchase of an early entry ticket, "The Big Cheese" or 1 P.M. to 5 P.M. with purchase of General Admission ticket

General admission is $14. Tickets for the event are on-sale now and can be purchased at

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