Americans love cheese. It’s empirically true. In fact, we’re eating more cheese than ever before—with annual per capita consumption averaging 37.2 pounds, according to USDA/ERS dairy data. And this January 20th, the Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin and Wisconsin Cheese are encouraging eaters across the nation to celebrate National Cheese Lover’s Day like a true blue (cheese-loving) Wisconsinite.
Why? There are a ton of good reasons, and Wisconsin Cheese has answers. Whole fat and high-protein foods have many proven health benefits, making cheese a delicious indulgence yet part of a healthy diet. Instagram food culture is also contributing to this growth with cheeseboards covering social media newsfeeds; there are, the association notes, as many as 18.8M tags for #cheese on Instagram alone.
“People love cheese so much that they dedicate an entire day to it,” the association noted in a press release. “While any day is a ‘grate’ day to celebrate cheese, National Cheese Lover’s Day gives cheese lovers another reason to share their passion and nobody does cheese better than Wisconsin, which makes nearly half of the specialty cheese in the U.S.”
Here are Wisconsin Cheese’s suggestions for a whey cool National Cheese Lover’s Day:
Get in on the Cheeseboard Trend or Host an Entire Cheese Party
Cheese brings people together and makes the world a happier, tastier place. Build community by putting together an Instagram-worthy spread for a small gathering of friends or co-workers. Cheeseboard bliss is easier than it looks!
“Great cheese can elevate any mood, any meal or any social occasion,” said Suzanne Fanning, Chief Marketing Officer for Wisconsin Cheese. “The perfect cheeseboard will take your guests on a journey of flavor, color, and texture. It’s a delicious work of art that’s sure to please and easy to create.”
Need to know what to pair with your cheese? Find cheese pairing suggestions with the State of Cheese video series.
Share Your Love of Wisconsin Cheese in a Recipe—Cheese Makes Everything Better!
Wisconsin cheese wins more awards than any other state or country so why not cook up something gooey and delicious like Bacon Mac and Cheese, Slow-Cooker Potato Chowder, or Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Dip. Look for more recipe inspiration on WisconsinCheese.com.
Learn Where Your Food Comes From
Wisconsin has been making cheese since before they were a state so every cheese in Wisconsin tells a story. Some are made at a farmstead creamery, others hand-crafted by a Master Cheesemaker, and many are aged to perfection by sixth-generation cheesemakers. The best cheese comes from the very best milk, lush grasslands, and a glacial water supply, only available in Wisconsin.
Wisconsin cheesemakers share their stories through the seasons, one cheese, rind, wheel, curd and nibble at a time. Get to know Wisconsin’s most famous residents and the people who make them.
Wisconsin cheese is now available in 98 percent of grocery stores nationwide. Look for the Proudly Wisconsin Cheese™ to celebrate in authentic Sconnie fashion.
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