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GoNOLA Guide to Fête des Fromages

Sample a variety of cheeses at at Fête des Fromages (Photo: Paul Broussard)

You don’t have to travel to France to have the ultimate cheese and wine experience this fall. On November 17, you’ll be able to sample them all at the inaugural Fête des Fromages in the French Quarter. Head to the New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint where you’ll find over 100 artisan cheeses from all over the world all while listening to great music in the heart of the city.

Enjoy selections from St. James Cheese Company at Fête des Fromages (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Cheese vendors from far and wide will set up at this festival. Sample bites from Vermont, Alabama, California, Tennessee, and other states as well as international cheeses from Spain, Italy, Ireland, and, of course, France. In addition to the cheese, wine and beverages from a variety of vendors will be available at the festival. There will also be baked goods and vendors specializing in cheese-related items, like cutting boards and cheese preservation bags.

Baked goods, such as bread, will be available for purchase at Fête des Fromages (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

As you sample the endless array of cheeses, enjoy music all day long from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Artists performing include Robin Barnes and The Fiya Birds, Bon Bon Vivant, and Jayna Morgan and the Sazerac Sunrise Jazz Band, among others. 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 a 65-pound ancient cheese. Tickets to cheese and wine seminars will be available for purchase and include topics such as cheese-making, the origin of cheese, and the unique flavor of sheep’s milk cheese. Explore the seminar options here.

General admission tickets are $30 (children under the age of 16 are $12) and includes both admission to the festival and unlimited cheese samples. The VIP Fête Blanche level ($65) includes early admission to the festival (10.a.m) and two adult beverage tickets. The VIP Fête Bleue level ($125) includes access to additional food and drink as well as a Cheese 101 seminar of your choice and the VIP lounge. Both VIP levels are 21+.

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