31st Annual American Cheese Society (ACS) Conference & Competition, themed “Celebrating the American Cheese Plate,” will welcome 1000 industry members to the Sacramento Convention Center on July 29 - August 1 this year, including cheese makers, retailers, distributors, importers, specialty food producers, and those who simply appreciate great cheese.
As the “Farm to Fork Capital” of the United States, Sacramento is the ideal locale for this event, which will enhance the idea of “local” and reflect the excitement and growth of the artisan and specialty cheese community throughout North America. The four-day ACS Conference provides an opportunity for attendees to enjoy unparalleled educational, tasting, and networking opportunities with industry leaders from around the world. The ACS Conference also hosts the 3rd annual Certified Cheese Professional™ Exam, the only exam of its kind, which encourages improved standards of comprehensive cheese knowledge and service throughout the industry. There are currently 253 ACS Certified Cheese Professionals™ throughout the United States and Canada, and more than 150 candidates will sit for the exam in 2014.
The public is encouraged to participate in the ACS Conference & Competition by volunteering (all volunteers receive one complimentary ticket to the Festival of Cheese), purchasing tickets to the Festival of Cheese, and attending the annual Cheese Sale. The Cheese Sale, on August 2, offers the opportunity to purchase artisan cheeses at incredible prices, with all proceeds benefiting the nonprofit American Cheese Education Foundation. Cheese grab-bags will also be available at both the Cheese Sale and the Festival of Cheese.
Registration opens on May 5, 2014. To learn more about the ACS Conference & Competition, please visit www.cheesesociety.org.