Tour de Fromage: Travel with Cheese

During the month of July we will offer a delicious way to try unique and rare French and Belgian cheeses before purchase. This tour of five French and one Belgian cheese is called Tour de Fromage. We will follow the course of the Tour de France with cheeses that are unique to each region of the bike race. Just as the Tour de France starts in Brussels, we will start there, too. We will offer passports so that as you taste the cheeses you can obtain a stamp. You can obtain a passport in-store or at one of the six tasting opportunities in our Community Room. These tastings are free and will allow you to learn about the cheese, producer, and region of France while deepening your knowledge of cheesemaking. Our cheese monger, Joe, will host these half-hour-long events in our Community Room. If you obtain all six stamps (no purchase necessary) you can enter your completed passport into a free giveaway for French cheese and some fun cheese-related prizes. Don’t forget that each of these cheeses will be on sale for the remainder of the month once they are featured.

Bru-XL

Brussels; sweet, crunchy Gouda

Starting point of Tour de France. ON SALE: July 1–31. Tasting Date for passport Stamp: July 6th @ 2-2:30 pm, in the Community Room.

Langres

Washed rind cheese, full flavored, and soft ripened.

From Champagne region. ON SALE: July 8–31. Tasting Date for passport Stamp: July 8th @ 5-5:30 pm. in the Community Room

Comte

Made in French alps on high elevation pasture. 

In honor of Bastille Day on July 14th. Aged one year in a World War I bunker. ON SALE: July 12–31. Tasting Date for passport Stamp: July 12th @ 3-3:30 pm, in the Community Room.

Cantal

Milled curd cheese similar to cheddar in some respects but with more moisture.

From the central plateau – Central Region. Claims to be oldest cheese in France. ON SALE: July 15–31. Tasting Date for passport Stamp: July 15th @ 3-3:30 pm, in the Community Room.

Ossau-Iraty

Mild and flavorful Basque sheep’s milk cheese.

Pyrenees Region of France. Made between the river Ossau and the forest Iraty. ON SALE: July 18–31. Tasting Date for passport Stamp: July 22nd @ 5-5:30 pm, in the Community Room.

Carles-Roquefort

One of France’s most famous blue cheeses.

A small traditional producer of one of France’s most famous blue cheeses, a great example of historical flavor. ON SALE: July 21–31. Tasting Date for passport Stamp:  July 26th @ 11-11:30 am, in the Community Room.