December 21, 2014

Lining up for slice of cheesemaker’s life

Another strong year is expected at the Wisconsin Original Cheese Festival, now in its fourth year. “In fact I keep having to add events because more-and-more people want to buy tickets,” says organizer Jeanne Carpenter who has just announced this year’s dairy farm and creamery tours.

As the tours continually sell out, Carpenter says she strives to add events without losing that sense of intimacy “because everybody wants to talk to a cheesemaker and shake their hand and I don’t want to take that experience away.”

This year’s line-up includes a trip to Uplands Cheese in Dodgeville which makes–what the she calls–the best-known cheese in Wisconsin, Pleasant Ridge Reserve.

The Madison festival, along with the Southern Wisconsin tours, takes place in November. They draw more than a thousand attendees from all over the country.