Mark your calendars:
The Southern Artisan Cheese Festival will be Saturday, October 1st, at the Nashville Farmers' Market. Wahoooo!
If you work at or have contacts at any companies who may be interested in sponsoring one of the coolest events around (shameless self promotion!), please let me know. Sponsorship levels are from $250 to $2500, with many levels in between.
Many details are coming together, but we could still use some help on the planning crew. Here are some areas where we need folks. (Folks who will be rewarded with cheese!) Please send me a note if you're interested in jumping in...
> Vendor coordinator: Communicate with artisan food producers (other than cheesemakers) to make sure they have all the info they need and that we have their info. Maybe some research making sure we found all the people making great stuff in the South (cured meats, jams, breads/crackers, etc). Make sure we have a good mix of products. Great communication skills, organizational wizardry, a love of food, and some patience thrown in for good measure are all ideal qualities for this role.
> Sponsorship wrangler: Help us identify potential sponsors and inquire with them. When sponsors sign on, make sure we have their info, logos, etc so they are properly recognized along the way.
> Wine wizard: Know and love wine? Great. Have contacts in the wine distributor world? Even better! We'll be sampling wine at the festival, so we need someone to line up and coordinate with wine distributors, including communicating festival and logistical details, make sure they're taken care of at the actual event, etc.
> Publicity/promotion: We need help getting the word out, especially around the Southeast. Maybe you've done some publicity or maybe you're a freelancer who wants to pitch a story about us. They're aren't a ton of folks talking about southern cheese yet, and this is a first time event like this in the South, so it could be a cool story to tell. We can also put you in touch with some of the cheesemakers who will be here to get their perspective.
Potential sponsors and planning committee folks, please contact me at kathleen-at-thebloomyrind-dot-com.
If you need a shorter commitment than what I've described, we'll be looking for volunteers to help the day of the event. Send an email with your contact info to volunteers-at-southerncheesefest-dot-com, and we'll be back in touch in the next few weeks as we nail down volunteer roles, shift times, etc.
And please please please help spread the word!
Thanks for everyone's enthusiasm so far - this is going to be great!