Great taste will come in many shapes, colors, textures, and odors when Flushing Town Hall hosts The Great Northeast Cheese & Dairy Fest on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Attendees will be able to sample and purchase dozens of products — everything from nutty tomes and sharp cheddars to luscious triple cremes, tangy goat curds and sheep’s yogurt — from artisanal makers in New York State, including Jasper Hill Farm, Bovina Valley Farm, and Mohawk Drumlin Creamery. Pairings will include top-rated wines, craft beers, farmstead ciders, and cocktails created especially for the fromages.
As part of the fun, two Queens chefs — Hugue Dufour of Michelin-starred M. Wells Steakhouse in Long Island City and Alfonso Zhicay of Woodside’s Casa del Chef Bistro — will prepare entrées using locally made cheeses. The rumor is that Chef Dufour is going to prepare one of his specialties, pommes aligot, a gooey, smile-inducing mix of mashed potatoes with cheddar.
Plus, Forest Hills resident Tia Keenan, who wrote “The Art of The Cheese Plate: Pairings, Recipes, Style, Attitude,” will be on hand to share her table decoration tips. And at the end, attendees will vote for their favorite items to win People’s Choice Awards.
General admission is $60 with $100 VIP tickets that entitle the purchaser to demonstrations and special access during the hour (5 p.m. to 6 p.m.) before the festival begins.
Photos courtesy of GNCF-Crowd/B.A. Van Sise