While National Cheese Lovers Day may be every day in true fans’ hearts, the calendar day came and went Jan. 20. In honor of the blessed event, now seems as good a time as any to plan for Wisconsin’s first Art of Cheese Festival, hosted August 14–16, in Madison.
With most families, cheese is a uniting front in the culinary world. The kids love slices, strings and anything that melts, while adults can appreciate the sharper, drunken, goat, spicy and international varieties. No matter your flavor, this event has it in spades, but with a down-home American panache — and where better to celebrate than the home of the Cheeseheads?
As the name would suggest, the Art of Cheese Festival celebrates a variety of delicacies and the incredible effort that goes into creating them. Guests of all ages and palates can attend cheese-making classes, unique pairing tutorials and even how-to lessons on curating the ultimate cheeseboard.
Take an exclusive cheesy bus tour visiting Wisconsin’s many dairy farms and world-renowned creameries with a slew of locals-only experiences. Between all the learning and behind-the-scenes experiences, don’t worry, there will be tastings — including an elevated four-course dining experience, prepared with local chefs in a stunning setting, all highlighting the region’s award-winning cheeses. The full lineup of participating restaurants will be announced closer to the event.
One aspect of the festival you can count on to fill your cheese cravings? The cheese fair will pop up downtown for a one-stop shop of all things Wisconsin cheese. Meet the makers, local farmers and creamers while tasting your way through the region’s finest cheese products.
What’s a cheese festival without a well-placed pun? Pack your dancing shoes for the Cheese Ball, featuring live music and entertainment amid more food (cheese-related, of course) and drinks. Dance and shake off some of that dreamy cheese from the weekend and send the festival off with a bang.
Keep an eye on the event’s website for ticket information, news and events being added to the calendar.
With more than 150 years of experience in the cheese-making industry, Wisconsin earned (and maintains) the moniker of the Cheese State for good reason. Bring the kids and see why this state is also known as America’s Dairyland, or head off on a quirky couple’s getaway. Either way, you won’t go hungry.
Whether the young adults or young professionals in your life are heading back to school, the office or some new version of normal, sending them off with something thoughtful is always in style. Check this list for something your loved one (or yourself) can use to ease out of the house with style.
This summer, family travel at The Peninsula receives an upgrade with the debut of Camp Peninsula, a children’s experience that recreates the spirit of camping right in the heart of Beverly Hills. The journey begins with a special welcome from Peter Bear, the hotel’s lovable mascot, at check-in. After taking a picture with the life-sized teddy bear, kids will be whisked away by a Peninsula Camp Counselor to a luxurious guestroom where a charming teepee awaits. An afternoon of camp-themed games and activities, including a hotel-wide scavenger hunt, rounds off the family-friendly experience, fun for children of all ages. Whether it’s a luxe staycation or an extended holiday, Camp Peninsula is an ideal way to ensure the little ones are happy campers.
Ever since travel began picking back up and travelers started returning to the skies, Delta Air Lines has blocked the middle seat option on all flights, and limited the number of passengers per flight. Delta Air Lines announced it will continue blocking the middle seat and limiting travelers through at least Jan. 6, 2021. Delta is hoping this extension will make individuals, groups and families more comfortable flying over the holidays.
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With technology advancing faster than ever, children globally are becoming attached to devices. Adults too. Our Netflix queue and ever-expanding inbox call our names even when we’re on vacation. We carry distractions with us everywhere, and it’s becoming increasingly difficult to truly connect with your loved ones.
Harvard Medical School released a study that mothers and daughters who take at least one trip together per year have less stress, stronger immune responses, decreased risk for heart disease and more. That’s right: It turns out spending quality time together provides benefits similar to sticking to a healthy diet and getting enough sleep every night. And, let’s face it, traveling is a lot more fun.