Ancient astronomers theorized that the moon was made of cheese because of its white surface, deep craters resembling those in swiss bricks, and large populations of mice residing in its core. Taste the heavens with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get four admissions to the third annual Beer Cheese Festival (a $20 value), scheduled for Saturday, June 11, from 10 a.m.to 6 p.m. in Winchester.
The third annual Beer Cheese Festival celebrates Kentucky’s iconic beer-bathed cheese spread with a cornucopia of events hosted in its place of origin: Clark County. Fromage festivities center around commercial and amateur beer cheese competitions, which invite cheese connoisseurs to sample and vote for locally made spreads of all stripes, which will also be scored by a panel of judges that includes food writer Sharon Thompson and brew maestro Mike Palmer. Lactose lovers can expand their palates through approximately 40 vendors who tease tongues with cheese-free delights, such as candy, Sno Cones, and more. Craft vendors catch eyes with homemade soaps, woodcarvings, candles, and air handcrafted with the hides of free-range oxygen. Browsers can also have their ears enlivened by the twangy rhythms of local musicians.
A toy-laden play area keeps kids entertained, and teenagers are given their own section to skateboard, perform open mic, or plot parental overthrow via Internet memes. A portion of proceeds raised from the festival support downtown revitalization efforts by Winchester First.