This One Time at Cheese Camp…
It was one of the most indulgent experience of my life.
Let me give you the highlights with 5 things I learned at Cheese Camp.
1. I have an olive fetish.
My first seminar was an olive and cheese tasting session,
where I fell in love with Spanish olives.
I’ve been taking them for granted.
Like cheese, they have a rich history, cultural significance, and even terroir.
Spain produces 250 different varieties of olives, each unique and interesting.
Some are meaty, others sweet; then there are the briney ones that taste like oysters.
2. Don’t be afraid to get weird with your cheese.
We did some really kinky shit at the unconventional pairings tasting session.
We wrapped pieces of stinky Le Pommier camembert in toasted nori
and nibbled Challerhocker, a creamy alpine-style cheese,
between sips of whiskey-infused hot chocolate.
These unusual pairings were delicious, and inspire me to explore
those daring and deviant ideas that pop into my mind.
A good cheese plate goes beyond flavor:
it should be a full, sensory experience.
3. Cheese and weed make a dope pairing.
The terpene tasting session was the most interesting seminar I attended.
Terpenes are aromatic oils found in plants and fermented foods,
like black pepper, mangoes, cheese, and marijuana.
Since we were at a cheese conference in Denver,
we paired the latter two.
The terpenes we tasted were in little glass droppers, which we added to seltzer water.
They were derived from marijuana, but were not psychoactive (buzzkill, I know).
Now, terpenes don’t affect you like THC does, but
they work alongside THC to affect your experience.
It’s pretty interesting to pair foods that have
the same terpenes to create a full flavor experience.
I’ll have to do more research on this one…
4. Oscar’s can’t step with the Cheese Awards.
Only a handful are crowned with titles at the Awards Ceremony on Friday.
It is so heartwarming to watch the pride and joy of the winners, and
the energy of the audience as the champions walk off with their ribbons.
I hit the butter table hard without regrets.
5. Heaven exists and it’s called the Festival of Cheese.
While most of the activities are for people who work in the industry,
the Festival of Cheese is open to the public.
It’s the grand finale and the most spectacular event of the conference.
Step into the auditorium of tables over flowing with cheese;
Befriend the open bar to help wash down the best cheese you’ve ever tasted;
and mingle with the cheesemakers and thank them for blessing the world with their passion.