Photo: Vermont Butter & Cheese Festival/Adeline Druart
In Vermont, fromage is serious business—the state has the largest number of artisanal cheese producers per capita in the United States. You can sample their wares at the expansive Vermont Cheesemakers Festival (August 23): Held just east of the Adirondacks in the town of Shelburne, the event showcases the many small food producers in Vermont and offers tastes of some 140 cheeses from 35 creameries—Dancing Cow Farm's Bourrée and Silvery Moon's Sawet Wild among them—for very little Cheddar: Tickets are just $20 (VTCheesefest.com).
Can't make it? Curd connoisseurs can sign up for the Vermont Cheese of the Month Club (beginning at $55; VTCheeseClub.com).