No one knows who invented cheese; some archaeologists presume that it was a happy accident resulting from using animal stomachs to store milk. But whoever that lucky shepherd was, we owe them a debt of gratitude. Without cheese, life just wouldn’t be the same: no pizza, no mac & cheese, no mozzarella sticks, no grilled cheese sandwiches – basically no joy whatsoever. This weekend, cheese lovers are invited to downtown DeLand for the inaugural Florida Cheese Festival, which presents a slew of varieties from more than 12 countries. But here’s the best part: It’s all you can fucking eat. Someone has seriously underestimated Central Florida’s appetite for the King of All Dairy Products. You can pair your cheesy feast with beer and wine from Stella Artois’ mobile Airstream bar, or take in a documentary about pimento cheese while eating pimento cheese in the Artisan Alley Garage. And if for some reason you’re still hungry after gorging on gorgonzola, brie, gruyére and cheddar, there are plenty of restaurants to try in DeLand’s charming downtown district. Apologies to the lactose-intolerant, but you’re definitely missing out on this one.
11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, April 16 | downtown DeLand, Indiana Avenue and South Woodland Boulevard | floridacheesefestival.com