Schuman Cheese, Fairfield, N.J., said it showcased a variety of its cheeses at the second annual Cheesefest, a benefit held May 19 in Montclair, N.J. The event brought together more than 1,500 cheese lovers, foodies and casual kitchen cooks to explore a selection of the world’s most celebrated cheeses.

The event, presented by the Montclair History Center, Montclair Center and Rutgers Cooperative 4-H Program, celebrates all things cheese: from how it’s made to where it comes from. More than $7,000 was raised to benefit the Montclair History Center.

“The Cheesefest gives us a wonderful opportunity to share a taste of our passion for really great cheese with our local community,” said Lauren Dykes, communications manager for Schuman Cheese. “This area has a rich dairy history, and the event is a fun way to honor that history and introduce different ways consumers can enjoy our favorite dairy food.” 

Attendees had the chance to explore five distinct sampling stations featuring Schuman’s popular artisan cheeses. Among the award-winning cheeses Schuman Cheese sampled at the event were:

  • Cello — the company’s flagship domestic brand featuring an array of traditional Italian cheeses, including Copper Kettle Cheese
  • Yellow Door Creamery — Schuman’s specialty brand that includes hand-rubbed fontinas and cheeses inspired by the Alps
  • Zanetti —Italian cheese from Schuman’s oldest import partner (the relationship dates back to the 1940s)
  • El Pastor — a selection of unique and flavorful Spanish cheeses
  • Dodoni — authentic Greek feta