This weekend is the second Seattle Cheese Festival, epicenter of which is the Pike Place Market!  You can gorge on more free samples than you can handle (be nice now, and buy liberally), sidle into the wine “garden” (read: “tent”), and/or treat yourself to a “Cheese Fest Best” plate at a slew of gourmet restaurants that are damn well worth visiting irregardless of curds or whey.  (Hint: Matt’s in the Market = double-plus-good…if you can find it.)

My favorites from last year were any/all of the breathtaking (in a good way) gen-yoo-ine Stiltons — some bigger than a tire — and, most definitely, the Three Sisters Farmstead Cheese out of Lindsay, CA.  Even the runners up were superlative.

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