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Great taste comes in many shapes, textures, and densities, and it can have such aromas as “nutty,” “smoky” and “barnyardy.”

Learn more and shop for fresh products at the Great Northeast Cheese Fest at Flushing Town Hall on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

In Queens for the fourth year in a row, the fest is NYC’s biggest cheese-related event. It features live demonstrations by Michelin-rated chefs and presentations by creamery owners throughout the Northeastern United States, Italy, and Portugal.

The program – and the tables – will be arranged so that attendees will be able to walk around and savor cheeses while chatting with their creators. Thus, they will be able to buy products on the spot (and take them home, of course). They will also select the winners of this year’s People’s Choice Awards.

During a special demonstration time, Chef Hugue Dufour, the co-owner of M. Wells Steakhouse in Long Island City, will create a fondue parmigiana with cheddar, gruyère, and parmesan from Vermont’s Cabot Creamery.

Soon thereafter, Chef Alfonso Zhicay, who owns Casa del Chef Bistro in Woodside, will prepare kabocha squash gnocchi with white cheddar Beurre Blanc sauce. Then, Roberto Caporuscio, who grew up on an Italian dairy farm and now cooks at Kesté Pizza & Vino in Manhattan, will stretch fresh mozzarella and Chef Gary Anza of The Royal Underground NYC in Astoria will whip up a ricotta creation.

For dessert, Vaccaro’s — the landmark bakery and café in Astoria — will offer its signature menu item, donnoli, a doughnut-cannoli hybrid.

As of press time, five artisanal creameries—Beecher’s Handmade Cheese (Manhattan), Consider Bardwell Farm (West Pawlet, VT), Lively Run (Interlaken, NY), 5 Spoke Creamery (Goshen, NY), Nettle Meadow (Warrensburg, NY), and  Coach Farm (Pine Plains, NY)—were confirmed. Promised products include nutty sheep’s milk tomes, sharp cheddars, luscious triple crèmes, and tangy goat cheeses.

Mikkeller NYC, a brewery located inside CitiField, and Brooklyn Cider House will supply the beverage pairings.

A $65 ticket is good for unlimited tasting and sampling. VIP tickets, which go for $120 a pop, provide access to an early bird session at 5 p.m., when experts will offer culinary demonstrations and inside information on cheese.

Flushing Town Hall is located at 137-35 Northern Blvd. It’s about five blocks north of the 7 train’s Main Street station. Only street parking is available.

The Great Northeast Cheese Fest is organized by New York Epicurean Events.

 

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