It is all about cheese this week in Raleigh!
First, the Raleigh Downtown Farmers Market will celebrate cheese from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The day's events include a grilled cheese cook-off with local chefs and local beer and cheese pairings from the North Carolina Brewers Guild. Beer and cheese tastings will start at 10:30 a.m. and last until the samples are gone!
You can taste some of the grilled cheese competition creations from noon to 1 p.m. for a suggested donation of $2 to benefit the market.
Music will be provided by Hopscotch Music Fest performers Wylie Hunter & The Cazadores of Chapel Hill.
If you are still craving some cheese, then head over to the Raleigh Convention Center on Saturday night for the Festival of Cheese hosted by the American Cheese Society.
The festival is open to the public from 7-9:30 p.m. and part of the 2012 American Cheese Society Conference which is taking over the venue starting Wednesday.
For $55 per person, you get unlimited food and beverage samples. And there will be a lot to sample with more than 1,700 cheeses entered into the ACS competition each year. There will also be craft beer, charcuterie, patés, preserves, smoked salmon, chutney, honey and crackers. A cash bar will also be open.
Tickets can be purchased online through Brown Bag Tickets or at the door.