This August, our fair city will host the American Cheese Society's annual convention (and you know those cheese conventioneers get CA-RAY-ZEE). Meanwhile, for professional and amateur turophiles (truth!) alike, this weekend brings the sixth annual Seattle Cheese Festival at the Pike Place Market. Free samples of 240 cheeses will be available in the frenzy of the Cheese Concourse—they went through 400,000 toothpicks last year—where you may meet the cheese producers. Also: chef cheese demos, cheese seminars, and a wine and beer garden for washing down all that cheese. (Pike Place Market, First Ave and Pike St, www.seattlecheesefestival.com. 10 am–5 pm, free.)

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