In honor of the upcoming Fifth Annual Wisconsin Cheese Originals Festival, I partnered with Leah Caplan and the creative folks at Cricket Design Works in Madison to come up with an official poster for “The Arrival of American Artisan Cheese.” Whatcha think?

Tickets to the festival go on sale to members of Wisconsin Cheese Originals on Monday, Sept. 9, with remaining tickets available to the public on Sept. 16. And in exciting news, now that ACS is over, I’ve had a chance to update the festival website with all of this year’s information on tours, seminars, dinner and the Meet the Cheesemaker Gala.


Choose one of three private all-day tours for a backstage pass to America’s Dairyland. Tour a cheese plant, walk a dairy barn and taste award-winning Wisconsin artisan cheese all day long. These customized, small-group tours depart Madison at 7:45 a.m. and return to Madison by 5 p.m. Each tour is limited to just 20 people, allowing attendees to experience places most people never see, with time for personal conversations with cheesemakers. Your choices: 

  • Tour A: Classic Wisconsin Cheesemaker Tour
  • Tour B: Exploring the Farmstead Sheep & Goat Dairies of Wisconsin
  • Tour C: From Oldest to Newest: The Best of Wisconsin Dairy

Read the descriptions of each tour here.

The signature event of the festival! This popular event takes place inside the elegant ballroom at Monona Terrace. You’ll shake hands and talk shop with more than 40 Wisconsin cheesemakers and local food artisans, sample more than 200 original cheeses and artisan foods, enjoy butlered appetizers with your favorite wine or microbrew, and tap your toes to Point Five, an Americana acoustic band featuring Uplands Cheesemaker Andy Hatch. Afterward, purchase your favorites at the Metcalfe’s Marketplace booth and take home a piece of Wisconsin.

Click here to learn which of your favorite cheesemakers and food artisans will be there!



Join us for a full day of tasting and talking about American artisan cheese. Purchase an all-day pass and attend the morning keynote by author Laura Werlin, and elegant lunch with cheese & chocolate dessert pairing in the Grand Terrace, and two afternoon seminars, including one pairing session with either beer or brandy.

Read about all the Saturday sessions here.

Experience a culinary sensation at one of three Madison restaurants, where each chef partners with two Wisconsin artisan cheesemakers and hosts an amazing three-course meal featuring Wisconsin artisan cheese. Attendees join the featured Cheesemakers in a private room for dinner. Each dinner is limited to 30 guests.

Click here to learn which restaurants and cheesemakers are pairing up this year.

I hope you’ll join me in November to celebrate the Arrival of American Artisan Cheese. I’m looking forward to seeing you all at the festival!