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Cheese tasting event in Austin during SXSW festival

camembert cheese from France
camembert cheese from France

If you love cheese and wine, there’s a free event you won’t want to miss on Saturday, March 15. Having hosted successful pop-up cafes in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle and Miami, the Cheeses of Europe are coming to Austin in conjunction with the world-renowned South by Southwest Festival going on now. And you thought music was the main draw!

The Cheeses of Europe will showcase delicious cheese offerings at a free event in downtown Austin. Open to the public, the pop-up will be held at the historic Old School Bar & Grill, 401 East 6th Street from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Four cheese companies from France will offer samples of more than 20 different types of cheeses.

Additional highlights include international food sculptor KRAÏ creating works of "cheese art," pours of wines to accompany the cheese samples, educational presentations by each of the attending cheese companies, and tasty passed hors d'oeuvres.

The delectable cheese-based hors d’oeuvres, prepared by the local Crave Catering, will include Baked Camembert Dip, Emmental/Comté Croque Monsieur, Mimolette Cheese Sauce and Pasta and Fourme d’Ambert Spread on Sliced Bread.

Representatives from the Cheeses of France Marketing Council of Paris will attend the event and will be present to answer any questions attendees may have about the cheeses. Composed of French dairy farmers and cheese firms, the Council is led by The French Dairy Inter-Branch Organization (CNIEL). The Council’s mission is to create awareness about the variety of the cheeses of France available on the US market and the multiple ways that American consumers can incorporate these cheeses into their diets, recipes, and lifestyles.

Locals and visitors alike are invited to learn about cheeses while sampling delicious products. Click for more information about the Cheeses of Europe.

Information courtesy of Heather Noll, Chalkboard Communications.

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