Beer Cheese Festival

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Kentucky Beer Cheese Festival
Beer Cheese Festival in Winchester, Kentucky.jpg
Location(s)Winchester, Kentucky, United States[1]
SponsorsShop Local Kentucky, Clark Regional Medical Center, Ale-8-One, Clark County Farm Bureau, and others[1]
WebsiteWinchester Beer Cheese Festival

The Kentucky Beer Cheese Festival is a celebration of beer cheese, an original and unique Kentucky delicacy.[2] The annual Beer Cheese Festival is a one-day summertime event[3] held in downtown Winchester, Kentucky,[4][5] birthplace of beer cheese. The first Beer Cheese Festival took place in June 2009 and was attended by more than 8,000 people.[6] In 2016, nearly 20,000 people attended.[7]

The event features a competition among amateur and commercial beer cheese makers, as well as live music, art and craft displays, a beer "garden" and traditional festival foods.[8] Festival attendees can also sample and vote for their favorite beer cheese to win a People's Choice Award.[9]

The Beer Cheese Festival the only event celebrating beer cheese in the world.[10] People travel hundreds of miles across many states to sample different varieties of the Kentucky creation.[11]

Mental Floss included the Beer Cheese Festival in their list of "12 Highly Specific (and Extremely Delicious) Food Festivals."[12] Mashable included the Beer Cheese Festival in their list of "14 food festivals that show how serious America is about food."[3]


  1. ^ a b "Home - Beer Cheese Festival". Retrieved 17 May 2017.
  2. ^ "Beer Cheese for the Win". The Wall Street Journal. January 30, 2015.
  3. ^ a b Rizzo, Cailey. "14 food festivals that show how serious America is about food". Mashable, Inc. Retrieved 17 May 2017.
  4. ^ "The Ultimate Southern Adventure: Kentucky". National Geographic. September 12, 2016.
  5. ^ "Beer Cheese Love: Discovering a Kentucky Tradition". Paste Magazine. February 26, 2015.
  6. ^ "First Beer Cheese Festival draws 8,000 visitors". Central Kentucky News. June 18, 2009.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Thousands attend 8th annual Beer Cheese Festival in Winchester". WKYT TV. June 11, 2016.
  8. ^ "Beer cheese: A central Kentucky staple you'd love". Gaylord Herald Times. December 13, 2016.
  9. ^ "Winchester Beer Cheese Festival". Kentucky Monthly Magazine. June 11, 2016.
  10. ^ "A One-of-a-Kind Beer Cheese Spectacular at the Beer Cheese Festival". Resort sand Lodges. June 1, 2016.
  11. ^ "On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: Jean Bell Is The Queen Of Kentucky Beer Cheese". Chowpapi. July 1, 2016.
  12. ^ "12 Highly Specific (and Extremely Delicious) Food Festivals". Mental Floss Magazine. February 9, 2017.

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