Great Northeast Cheesefest to charm cheese lovers for third time
by Jennifer Khedaroo
Nov 30, 2017 | 8762 views | 0 0 comments | 518 518 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The city’s biggest cheese event is returning this Saturday, December 2, to Flushing Town Hall.

The Great Northeast Cheesefest, now in its third year, will feature a unique combination of regional artisanal creameries and celebrated chefs.

From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., attendees will be able to sample some of the finest cheeses, from sharp cheddars to nutty sheep’s milk tommes to luscious triple cremes and tangy goat cheeses.

While sampling and buying the treats, attendees will also be able to learn more about the cheeses from their makers. Additionally, they will be able to pair the cheeses will top-rated wines, craft beers and farmstead ciders.

“As the world's most ethnically diverse area, Queens has long been a haven for culinary explorers, as a recent Anthony Bourdain CNN show attests," said Joe DiStefano, New York Epicurean Events vice president. “The Great Northeast Cheese Fest draws cheese lovers from all over the New York City area by pairing the best chefs in Queens with the world’s best cheeses.”

Michelin Bib Gourman award-winner Alfonso Zhicay of Woodside’s Casa del Chef Bistro will return to the festival where he will be cooking alongside Areperia Arepa Lady and Peter Zaharatos of Long Island City’s Sugar Cube Desserts.

One of the event’s highlights will certainly be the teaming up of Chef Hugue Dufour of the critically acclaimed Long Island City restaurant M. Wells Steakhouse and Vermont’s Cabot Creamery. Together, they will create an a fondue parmigiana.

Other vendors include Caseiro E Bom, Danascara Cheese, Grafton Village Cheese Co., Kriemhild Dairy Farms, Mohawk Drumlin Creamery, Tumino Cheese Co. and Vermont Farmstead Cheese.

Beside artisanal cheese and fine libations, there will be nonalcoholic vendors such as the popular businesses of Hubert’s Lemonade and Hapa Coffee.

Local businesses partaking in The Great Northeast Cheesefest includes Brooklyn’s Gazoz Kombucha and Queens shops such as Fifth Hammer Brewing in Long Island City, Wilk Apiary in Glendale and Honey Pig Donut Co. in Whitestone.

Tickets are $60 for general admission and include unlimited tasting and sampling of all food and craft beverages. A $100 VIP ticket includes access to a special hour, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., where attendees will enjoy exclusive culinary demonstrations and learn more about the cheeses from renowned cheese experts, organizers said.

Tickets can be found by searching for The Great Northeast Cheese & Dairy Fest 2017 on Eventbrite or visiting

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