This past Saturday, cheese aficionados descended upon the Seattle Design Center for the Washington Artisan Cheesemakers Festival. Lisa Miyashita organized the first-ever fest as a way to celebrate the state’s curd community.

The event was a laid-back affair as fromage folk meandered from table to table awaiting their chance for a sample and a chat with the cheesemonger. Anyone wishing to take a taste home could purchase a block at the dedicated retail area stocked with between 70 and 80 cheeses. Though this was the inaugural event, participants and attendees alike agreed it was a success. Miyashita had hoped the fest would attract 500 people; by the end of the six-hour affair, about 600 people had passed through.

Check out the slideshow for a slice of the action. All photos by Brian Colella.

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