You don’t have to travel to France to have the ultimate cheese and wine experience this fall. Held right here in New Orleans, Fête des Fromages is the largest cheese festival in the U.S., and this year, it takes place on November 16. Head to the New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint where you can enjoy over 150 artisan cheeses from all over the world all while listening to great music in the heart of the city.
Fromage á Trois, November 15
Kick off cheese fest a day early with the Fromage á Trois party on November 15. This party pairs 15 New Orleans chefs with visiting cheesemakers in a competition to create the perfect bite using cheese. Guests sample all 15 bites and vote on their favorite, dance to tunes spun by DJ El Camino, and enjoy cocktail samples and a cash bar. Tickets are $25, and the party is at The Cellar on St. Louis from 7-10 p.m. Age 21+.
The Festival, November 16
Cheese vendors from far and wide will set up at the New Orleans Jazz Museum from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on November 16 for Fête des Fromages. Sample bites from across the globe, spanning everywhere from Louisiana, Wisconsin, and Georgia to Italy, France, and the Netherlands. In addition to cheese, wine and beverages from a variety of vendors will be available at the festival.
As you sample the endless array of cheeses, enjoy music from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Artists performing include DJ Nice Rack, HARMONOUCHE, Meschiya Lake and The Little Big Horns, and Sunpie and the Louisiana Sunspots. The festival will feature a cheese wheel cracking competition in which two New Orleans chefs will go head to head in a race to break down an 80-pound wheel of Parmigiano Reggiano. Tickets to cheese and wine tasting seminars will be available for purchase and include the following: Bordeaux Wine & Cheese Pairing and Tuscan Wine & Cheese Pairing. Serious cheese enthusiasts can explore the VIP seminars here.
General admission tickets are $35 (tickets for children under the age of 16 are $10) and includes both admission to the festival and unlimited cheese samples. The Cheese Lover tickets ($65) includes early admission to the festival (11 a.m) and three adult beverage tickets. The VIP Cheese Fanatic tickets ($130) includes access to additional food and drinks as well as a VIP lounge and one VIP seminar of your choice. The VIP Cheese Boss tickets ($150) include all of the above, plus admission to the Fromage á Trois party on Friday, Nov. 15. Both VIP levels as well as the Cheese Lover tickets are 21+.