Carolina Mountain Cheese FestivalPre-Cheese Fest tasting seriesThe Cheese Store of Asheville, Oskar Blues Brewery, Noble Cider and 5 Walnut Wine Bar — all sponsors of the Carolina Mountain Cheese Fest — have collaborated to plan a series of tastings in the weeks preceding the festival, with 50 percent of ticket sales from each event benefiting the WNC Cheese Trail. A beer-and-cheese pairing hosted by Oskar Blues took place on April 1, but there’s still time to participate in tastings at 5 Walnut and Noble Cider.

Tickets for each event are $20 per person and include educational presentations and tastings of four locally made cheeses paired with four wines or ciders. Giveaways at each tasting will include free tickets to the Carolina Mountain Cheese Fest.

WHAT: Hit the Trail with Wine and CheeseWHEN: Sunday, April 10, 1 p.m.

WHERE: 5 Walnut Wine Bar, 5 W. Walnut St.

DETAILS: For tickets, visit

WHAT: Hit the Trail with Cheese and CiderWHEN: Tuesday, April 12, 6 p.m.

WHERE: Noble Cider, 356 New Leicester Highway

DETAILS: For tickets, visit

Source: Carolina Mountain Cheese Fest highlights a local industry | Mountain Xpress