Celebrate The Glory Of Cheese At The Southern Artisan Cheese Festival

Dated: 09/09/2015

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by TJ Anderson

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There are a lot of experts on a lot of things here in Nashville, but when it comes to devotees of dairy, chieftains of curds, champions of cheese, there's really one key name to bring up: The Bloomy Rind’s Kathleen Cotter.

At her East Nashville cheese shop (which shares a roof with Porter Road Butcher), you can learn about and stock up on artisan cheeses that range from subtle to stinky, creamy to sliceable — from recommendations to perfect selections, you're well taken care of on the cheese front at Kathleen's place. She’s 100 percent who to go to when you’re having a fancy cheese party, is the point here.

You can visit her (or her staff) at 501 Gallatin Avenue Wednesdays through Saturdays (and snag pre-cut pieces Mondays and Tuesdays), but this weekend, we get our annual, extra special opportunity to celebrate cheese: The Southern Artisan Cheese Festival, another Kathleen Cotter brainchild.

About the Fifth Annual Southern Artisan Cheese Festival

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This year's fifth annual fest — set for 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, September 12 at Rocketown — gives attendees the chance to sample regional cheeses from 40-plus cheesemakers, along with a selection of local and regional craft beers and a whole bunch of food artisans, too.

In total, there are more than 150 cheeses (from cow to sheep to goat milk), cured meats and lots of accompaniments up for tasting, and yes, your ticket gives you access to them all. 

Just a tiny sliver of what we’ll be sampling Saturday:

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Exceptional goat cheese from Franklin’s Noble Springs Dairy 

Image titleHandcrafted raw milk cheese from Sequatchie’s Sequatchie Cove Creamery 

Image titleBoth classic and creative cow’s milk cheeses (they make cheddar, gouda, smoked Kentucky bleu cheese and many, many others) from Kenny’s Farmhouse Cheese in Kentucky 

Image titleTreats from Dozen Bakery, a Nashville dessert provider we love 

Image titleGourmet jams and jellies from the Nashville Jam Co.

and lots more.

Appetite whetted yet? Tickets are still available, and we have a gift for our friends: Save $10 when you buy yours by using the discount code “lastchance.” (It’s valid through Friday at noon.)

Your options: general admission tickets, at $55, give you access to all the food and drink samples, plus a souvenir tasting glass (21-up, of course) and a $5 voucher toward cheese or food being sold at the fest.

VIP tickets, at $80, include an hour earlier access to all those flavors, plus access to the VIP area with seating and extra cheese samples, a souvenir tasting glass, a $10 voucher toward cheese or artisan food and a souvenir insulated tote (to keep your purchased cheeses cold and fresh).

Snag either type of ticket now, with the discount, at the Southern Artisan Cheese Festival website.

Rocketown is at 601 Fourth Ave South. We’ll happily be there praising cheeses — hope to raise a glass with you!

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TJ Anderson

TJ Anderson is a Nashville Realtor with Benchmark Realty who's helped countless clients both buy a home and sell a home in Nashville, Tennessee. He blogs about Nashville regularly, from Nashville-area....

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