It's officially cold now, so that means it's okay to start adding on those fatty winter layers, right? Right? If you said yes, here's one surefire way to get started: Feast on all-you-can-stomach cheese—paired with wine, cider and beer—at the first-ever Great Northeast Cheese Fest tomorrow from 6-9pm at the Flushing Town Hall.
For $60, you'll indulge on a wide range of curds from more than 30 New York creameries and shops including Vulto Creamery (a semi-soft, washed Ouleout), Bovina Valley Farm Creamery (a raw cow's-milk Alderney) and Beecher's Handmade Cheese (salty, cloth-bound Flagship Reserve). Also included in the price are gooey creations from big-name chefs like Hugue Dufour of Michelin-starred M. Wells Steakhouse, who'll be making a raclette using Vulto's Andes variety, and Will Horowitz of Ducks Eatery, who'll prepare a smoked goat cheese version of the famed Tibetan soup as served at Jackson Heights' Phayul.
A fromage coma is inevitable, but ease the pain by washing down the dairy with grade-A booze from homegrown purveyors: seasonal pours from urban cidery Descendant Cider, wine from Rooftop Reds at Brooklyn Grange Farm, and beer from Finback Brewery. Desserts are also locally-sourced, provided by Queens confectioners Judy Lai (Silk Cakes) and Rudolf Merlin (Creme Bakery). Snag your cheesy tickets here.