(FAIRFIELD, NEW JERSEY) More than 1,500 cheese lovers, foodies and casual kitchen cooks had the opportunity to explore a selection of the world’s most celebrated cheeses at the second annual Cheesefest, held May 19 in Montclair, New Jersey. Local cheesemaker and importer Schuman Cheese showcased an array of its most acclaimed cheeses during the festival.
The event, presented by the Montclair History Center, Montclair Center and Rutgers Cooperative 4-H Program, celebrates all things cheese, from how it’s made to where it comes from. More than $7,000 was raised to benefit the Montclair History Center.
“The Cheesefest gives us a wonderful opportunity to share a taste of our passion for really great cheese with our local community,” said Lauren Dykes, communications manager for Schuman Cheese. “This area has a rich dairy history, and the event is a fun way to honor that history and introduce different ways consumers can enjoy our favorite dairy food.”
Attendees had the chance to explore five distinct sampling stations featuring Schuman’s popular artisan cheeses. Among the award-winning cheeses Schuman Cheese sampled at the event were:
· Cello – the company’s flagship domestic brand featuring an array of traditional Italian cheeses, including world-renowned Copper Kettle Cheese
· Yellow Door Creamery – Schuman’s own specialty brand that spans hand-rubbed fontinas and cheeses inspired by the Alps
· Zanetti – internationally acclaimed Italian cheese from Schuman’s oldest import partner (the relationship dates back to the 1940s)
· El Pastor – a selection of unique and flavorful Spanish cheeses
· Dodoni – the world’s leading producer of authentic Greek feta
Additional event highlights included a wheel cracking demonstration, in which an expert wielding special tools uses Old World techniques to break into a giant 90-pound wheel of cheese; a petting zoo featuring dairy-producing animals; demonstrations in the Montclair History Center’s hearth kitchen; and musical entertainment from the Watchung Mountain Riders.
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For four generations, the Schuman family has earned a reputation for delivering world-class cheese solutions to customers around the globe. Whether importing the best cheeses from Europe, making award-winning cheeses in Wisconsin or crafting inspired new cheese products, Schuman Cheese has never strayed from its core purpose: to enhance everyday eating experiences with the highest quality cheese. Explore how a genuine passion for great cheese, along with investments in the best people and facilities, continue to honor founder Arthur Schuman’s legacy at SchumanCheese.com.