Photo by Dave Warner

LITTLE FALLS, NY – On Saturday, July 13th, Little Falls will welcome thousands of visitors for food and fun at the city’s fifth annual Cheese Festival. The event will run the length of Main Street from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Featuring over 80 New York-based food vendors, the festival has quickly become New York State’s premier gathering of cheesemakers. The event will feature over 120 different types of cheeses, spanning a variety of hard cheeses, goat cheeses, spreadable cheeses, yogurts, cheese curds and more, with many of the vendors bringing new products to the festival this year. To complement those cheeses, numerous New York-based gourmet food and craft beverage vendors will also be attending, offering everything from bread, wine, and cider to honey, mead, and pickles.

“The City of Little Falls has a long, proud history in the cheese industry,” said Teri Chace of the Little Falls Cheese Festival committee, “and our cheese festival has been a great place to not only celebrate that history but showcase the creations of our local artisans. We are constantly amazed by the variety of talent that can be found in Central New York.”

The Central New York talent on display at the cheese festival won’t be limited to culinary items, as 10 different local music acts will perform at various locations throughout the day. With acts spanning Americana, soul, jazz, bluegrass, folk, rock & roll, and more, there will be no shortage of music at this year’s festival. Additionally, the Little Falls Theater Company (LiFT) will perform Where’s the Cheesemonger? by local playwright Angela Harris at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., in the Little Falls Senior/Community Center. The show is free to the public with first come, first served seating.

The Little Falls Cheese Festival would not be possible without the support of its sponsors. The festival has received significant support from platinum sponsors Feldmeier Equipment, Inc. and WKTV NewsChannel 2, both of which have supported the event since its inception, as well as silver sponsors Rock City Development, LLC and Stewart’s Shops. Bronze sponsors include Adirondack Bank, the Center for Agricultural Development & Entrepreneurship, Country Living from Farm Credit East, Enea Family Funeral Homes, Herkimer Diamond Mines, and Price Chopper.

For more information about the event, please visit littlefallscheesefestival.com or like and follow ‘Little Falls Cheese Festival’ on Facebook and Instagram. Attendees can also learn more by picking up a free program, which includes a full map of the festival, on the day of the event.