Carolina Mountain Cheese Fest

Location:The Meadow and Event Center
Sunday, April 23 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Tasting Room Hours:Open 12-6pm


Join us on April 23rd , rain or shine, to sample and purchase great western North Carolina cheese and other locally made products.  We're keeping our entrance ticket price below $15 to encourage attendees to support the festival vendors by purchasing their products while you're at the festival.  We have farm animals, a family tent, workshops, demos, pairing events, and more! See all our events here.

General Entrance Fee: $14 

All attendees 12 & over must purchase an Entrance Ticket.  Specific other events include nominal ticket prices.

Overflow parking will be available at River Ridge Marketplace. Shuttle service will be provided.


The Carolina Mountain Cheese Fest advances the mission of the WNC Cheese Trail, a 501 c6 non-profit organization that promotes the production and sale of local cheese, facilitates consumer education and encourages tourism to the region. The festival highlights WNC Cheese Trail cheesemakers and members with numerous opportunities for festival goers to learn more about, taste and purchase local, artisan cheeses.

The family-friendly festival will also include a wide variety of producers from the industry such as bread and crackers, meats, pickles and jams. Last year’s Festival included over 20 cheese makers, 15 other food industry vendors and was attended by over 1500 festival goers.

The WNC Cheese Trail will be organizing various fundraising activities leading up to the Festival as well as sponsorship drives for WNC businesses to take part in the festival. Learn more about events and activities through the Festival’s Facebook page ( and website ( 

Katie Moore, the festival director, is looking forward to the second year. “Last year was an amazing success and brought a lot of well-deserved attention to WNC cheese makers and other local businesses. It’ll be hard to top it, but we planning on this year’s Fest to be even better!”

About the WNC Cheese Trail
The WNC Cheese Trail was formed in 2012 by a small group of independent artisan cheesemakers with the intent of promoting the production and sale of WNC artisan cheeses, facilitating consumer education and encouraging tourism to the region to benefit local cheesemakers. The primary tool of the organization is the WNC Cheese Trail map that was designed and printed in 2013. The purpose of the map is to encourage locals and tourists to seek out member cheesemakers to buy handmade, traditionally crafted cheeses direct from the producer. It is also intended as a tool for restaurants, retailers and distributors to find local cheesemakers.

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