Did you know that November 11 has been designated as “National Cheese Day” in Japan? Head down to Harajuku for the 11th and the 12th to get your cheese fix at Cheese Festa 2013.
Although the variety is limited and the prices are high, cheese has been getting more and more attention lately in Japan, and dairy is popularly enjoyed all over the country. Despite the fact that cheese does not lend well to traditional Japanese cuisine, it’s often eaten as a snack, with crackers or on dishes such as pizza and salads. Nowadays, cheese (both domestic and imported) is widely available at most supermarkets and is a part of Japanese daily life.
Already on its 22nd edition, Cheese Day will present over 250 varieties of cheese. The aim of the event is to introduce different kinds of cheese to the public, and various samples will be offered to taste.
Cheese will be not only available to taste but also to buy, and we heard a “Cheese Master” will be present to answer all your cheese-related questions. A cooking contest and talk show are also part of the event, so come hungry and leave with some fun purchases and newfound knowledge about the endless varieties of this dairy treat.
Cheese Festa 2013
More information: www.cheesefesta.com (Japanese only)
When: Nov. 11–12, 11:00–20:00
Main image: anneh632 on Flickr.