Portland, Oregon to be Taken Over by Cheese Professionals This Week, July 20-23

23 months ago Jasmine Romero 3 Minute(s) to read

DENVER, Colo. – July 18, 2022 – Over 1,000 Cheese Professionals will take over Portland, Ore. this
week, July 20-23, for the 39th Annual American Cheese Conference, “Blazing the Trail for Cheese” - back
in person after a three-year hiatus.

“We’re thrilled for our cheese community to be able to come to Portland. After so much time apart, we
can’t wait to get together again and experience everything that this area and our ACS Conference have to
offer,” said the Executive Director of the American Cheese Society, Tara Holmes.

Conference-goers will be able to attend more than 30 educational sessions in various tracks including
climate change and sustainability, food safety, food science and research, and tasting sessions.

Outside of the Oregon Convention Center, the American Cheese Society, along with valued sponsors,
are giving attendees the opportunity to experience the vibrant cheese scene in the PNW:

● Pre-Conference Tours – Three tours prior to the start of the conference will introduce attendees to the
host city, Portland.
The Portland in Town Tour will feature stops at Olympia Provisions, Murray’s Cheese, Zupan’s Markets
and Elephants Delicatessen. The Willamette Valley Wine Country Tour will take attendees to Briar
Rose Creamery, Wolves & People, and the Chehalem Tasting Room. The Salem Tour will show off the
TMK Creamery, TMK Distillery, Don Froylan Creamery / Ochoa’s Queseria, and Willamette Valley

● Cheese Crawl – Four sponsor companies will take over four local Portland pubs for a night filled with
cheese and fun.

The Coopers Hall Stop – Sponsored by Prairie Farms will have the 50 Licks ice cream truck, raffles,
and a grazing table with their cheese and accouterments. The Loyal Legion Stop – Sponsored by The
Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin will be sampling Wisconsin’s finest cheeses. The Loyal Legion menu will
be completely taken over with Wisconsin cheeses the whole week of the conference. The Cascade
Brewing Barrel House Stop – Sponsored by Caputo will be sampling their grilled cheese sammiches
made from Caputo fresh mozzarella, Havarti, roasted turkey, and pear mostarda from Quince and Apple.
The Bar Casa Vale Stop – Sponsored by Olympia Provisions will be hosting a Spanish summer night
complete with tapas, charcuterie, cheese, wood-fired meats, and delicious libations.

● Taste of Tillamook Welcome Reception – sponsored by ACS’ Marquee Sponsor, Tillamook, will
feature delicacies from the Pacific Ocean, elevated recipes, and pairings with Maker’s Reserve vintage
cheddars aged 3 to 10 years. Renowned for its cheese, ice cream, yogurt, and butter, each year the
Tillamook cooperative releases a cheddar aged 3 years and a cheddar aged 10 years under its Maker’s
Reserve vintage cheddar brand.

● Best of Oregon – Sponsored by the Oregon Cheese Guild will be a celebration of all the things that
make Oregon delicious. Attendees will taste incredible dishes made with Oregon cheese and local
ingredients, bites from Oregon’s Cheesemonger Invitational winners, and all types of libations from
around the state. They will also dance the night away, meet Portland’s Unipiper, snap a selfie in front of
an iconic sign, and maybe even get some fresh ink!
Other conference favorites will make a welcomed return, including:

● ACS Certified Cheese Professional® Exam and T.A.S.T.E. ® Test where test takers will help
improve standards of comprehensive cheese knowledge and service and assessment of cheese.
Individuals who pass will join the ranks of over 1,200+ Certified Professionals.

● Award Ceremony – Sponsored by Gourmet Foods International where the winners of the American
Cheese Society’s Annual Judging & Competition (held this past May in Minneapolis) will be announced.
J&C welcomed 1,387 cheeses and cultured dairy products from 196 companies in 2022 and will
announce the winners of the 120 different categories and the “Best of Show” at the ceremony.

● Meet the Cheesemaker – Sponsored by Peterson Cheese will give attendees, retailers, and
distributors the chance to meet the people behind their favorite cheese and discover new products from
more than 100 producers. Conference-goers will taste samples of North America’s finest cheeses and will
have the opportunity to speak directly with the experts.
See the full conference schedule here.

Limited registration for Blazing the Trail for Cheese will be available onsite at the Oregon Convention
Center starting July 20, 2022. Press passes are available to qualified individuals upon request, please
reach out to Endsley Eggert at endsley.eggert@civicamanagement.com.

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