Sometimes being landlocked isn't such a bad thing. Instead of complaining (okay, we still do our fair share in the winter), Minnesotans often take advantage of their isolated state to invest in crafts like home brewing, fermentation, and, of course, cheesemaking. At the Minnesota Cheese Festival, cheesemakers from Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa will gather at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds to show off their wares at two separate four-hour sessions taking place on Sunday. In addition to supplying a variety of wines, beers, and specialty cheeses from 18 (and counting) Midwestern cheesemakers, the Minnesota Cheese Festival will offer courses on cooking with cheese and hourly cheesemaking lessons. Participants will not only learn how to up the mac-and-cheese ante, but will be introduced to the craft of making soft cheeses like mozzarella from scratch. And since it's not a festival without music, the Minnesota Cheese Fest is bringing in Davina and the Vagabonds, the High 48s, and the Big George Jackson Blues Band. Each band will play once at both sessions. The price of admission gets you all the samples you can handle, cooking and cheesemaking classes, a free tote bag, a branded glass, a coupon book, and, for the first 500 attendees, MN Grown directories. For more info, visit www.mncheesefest.com. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; 2:30 to 6 p.m. International Bazaar.
Sun., May 18, 2014