A nice slideshow and quick overview of the annual Festival in Bra, Italy
Every two years, on a weekend in September, the northwestern Italian town of Bra plays host to Cheese, a reunion of the world’s artisan dairy producers, affineurs cheese agers, shepherds and cheese experts. The sleepy town, which might seem like an unlikely site for an international exhibition, is also the home of the event’s organizer, Slow Food International. Now in its ninth edition, Cheese has grown from a handful of Italian vendors in a single piazza to a sprawling event that fills streets, churches and schools in a celebration of all things dairy. The event organizers estimate that 200,000 cheese lovers attended this year Sept. 20-23, making it their most successful thus far. A record number of artisan-produced cheeses were exhibited from Europe and beyond. For the first time, international participants tended to overshadow the staple Italian and French classics.