august slow session – winemaking

Ever wondered how winemaking is done and what you need to get started? Slow Food Austin invites you to attend the monthly Slow Session and find out.

Winemaking: How To Do It, Who To Do It With
Ever wondered how winemaking is done and what you need to get started? Slow Food Austin invites you to attend the monthly Slow Session and find out. Our speaker will be John “JB” Brack, of Austin Homebrew Supply. He regularly leads winemaking classes and will cover the major points, including the special challenges of winemaking in central Texas. Free lecture for foodies and do-it-yourselfers of all stripes.

Thursday, August 6th, 7-9pm, Habitat Suites

Light snacks will be provided but feel free to bring your favorite snack &/or beverage.
All Slow Food Austin Slow Sessions are free-of-charge, however donations will be gladly accepted.

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Festival of Cheese comes to Austin; volunteers needed

The Festival of Cheese, a gala culmination of the ACS annual four-day conference, will feature more than 1,100 cheeses from over 30 states and Canada. There will be cow’s milk cheddars, goat’s milk bries, chèvres and triple-creams, washed-rind cheeses and blue-veined cheeses available for sampling as some of the nation’s finest cheesemakers vie for attention at the Festival.

American Cheese Society (ACS), the leading organization in supporting the understanding, appreciation, and promotion of farmstead, artisan and specialty cheeses produced in the Americas, brings their Festival of Cheese to the Hilton Austin on August 8th.

The Festival of Cheese, a gala culmination of the ACS annual four-day conference, will feature more than 1,100 cheeses from over 30 states and Canada. There will be cow’s milk cheddars, goat’s milk bries, chèvres and triple-creams, washed-rind cheeses and blue-veined cheeses available for sampling as some of the nation’s finest cheesemakers vie for attention at the Festival.

The evening also showcases vendors of complimentary products such as crackers, breads, spreads, beer and wine. Tickets to the Festival are available online at <a href=”http://www.cheesesociety.org”>www.cheesesociety.org</a> or by calling 502-574-9950. Tickets are $75 and attendance is limited. The Festival will take place in the Governor’s Ballroom from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Hilton Austin is located at 500 East Fourth Street in Austin.

“The Festival of Cheese is the best opportunity of the year for chefs, retailers, journalists and cheese enthusiasts to experience what America’s skilled cheesemakers are up to,” says conference co-chair Cathy Strange of Austin, global cheese buyer for Whole Foods Market.  “It’s a great venue for trend spotting.”

If you love your cheese, and love a good bargain, there will be a Cheese Sale on Sunday, August 9th, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Salon B of the Hilton. It will be a great opportunity to buy artisan cheeses at head-turning prices with all proceeds benefiting the ACS Scholarship Fund.

With over 1,200 members strong, ACS provides advocacy, education, business development and networking opportunities for cheesemakers, retailers, enthusiasts and extended industry.

The conference runs from August 5th – 9th, and volunteers are needed for all days starting Thursday, July 30th.

If you are interested in volunteering, email the following information to <a href=”mailto:jackie@foodmatch.com”>jackie@foodmatch.com</a>:

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