Vermont Cheesemakers Festival

Vermont Cheesemakers Festival 2023

AUGUST 13, 2023


Lactose intolerants, beware. Vermont makes some of the best cheese in the country, all on display at the Vermont Cheesemakers Festival.

With over 40 cheesemakers per capita, dairy is one thing that Vermont does best. The annual Vermont Cheesemakers Festival brings over 30 cheese producers together to create a veritable smorgasbord of cheese, wine, beer and any food that goes well with them. Sample cheddars and goudas while listening to vendors share its “sun-to-cheese” origins. Artisan producers such as Fairy Tale Farm and Cabot Creamery will be present at this year’s festival, along with many other vendors — dairy and otherwise — to create every possible cheese pairing you could dream up, from infused honey to handcrafted marshmallows.

The Vermont Cheesemakers Festival runs from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a bonus 9 a.m. admission for industry professionals. Skip lunch the day of, and maybe breakfast, too. A veteran of the festival recommended that attendees, for the sake of their own stomach, limit their intake to one bite per vendor. A feat easier said than done.

Aside from eating, and there is plenty of it, the festival has numerous hands-on and informational workshops about the history, origins and process of cheesemaking. Although the schedule for this year has yet to be released, past workshops have included live cheesemaking and demo kitchens. An article from The New York Times, published in 2014, recounts educational workshops on cheese curds, conversations about beer pairings and real-time cooking with chocolate and cheese.

The Specs

  • Although recent attendance numbers aren’t available, around 1,750 to 2,000 people attended in 2016 and 2017.
  • General tickets cost $69.50. Industry tickets, granting early access only to industry professionals like retailers and restaurants, cost $90.
  • Check out Fifty Grande’s guide to Vermont here.


  • The festival is cash-only this year.
  • Children are allowed, but the festival’s website notes that the event is “adult-oriented.” Attendees consuming alcohol must bring proof of age.

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BY Riya Misra