Seattle is hosting its fourth annual Cheese Festival from May 18th – 20th, bringing cheese makers and cheese lovers together at the Pike Place market downtown. Some of my favorite cheese people in the world will be there, including the Brits from Neal’s Yard, the masters of American blue from Rogue River, and one of my dearest mentors Daphne Zepos, fromager and affineur extraordinaire who will be speaking as a panelist. While the festival turns 4, I turn the big 3-0 that weekend, and my only plans at the moment involve copious amounts of wine and close proximity to my husband and loved ones in NYC. But I urge you, my fellow cheesaholics, to go west and explore what the Seattle Cheese Festival has to offer. For more info click here.