There are many ways you can get involved in American Cheese Month! See a few of our suggestions below, and look for a list of helpful resources and American Cheese Month materials at left. Once you’ve made your plans, add them to the American Cheese Month online calendar, and spread the word via social media (#AmCheeseMonth)!
If you’re a cheese lover… Visit www.cheeseparty.org and purchase Cheese Party bumper stickers and t-shirts with fun campaign-style slogans, or download free Cheese Party posters, to show off your love for American Cheese this October!
Retailers: Sign Up for the American Cheese Month Passport Program and offer specials and promotions on different cheeses throughout the month of October. ACS will help promote your participation in the program on our website and via social media.
Add Your October Events to the American Cheese Month Calendar so that ACS can promote them in our American Cheese Month e-newsletters, on our website, and via social media!
Ask your representative to adopt a resolution declaring October to be American Cheese Month. Download a proclamation template and personalize it for your region and representative before submitting it for signature. Share the signed proclamation on our website and with your customers!
Plan a fundraiser for the nonprofit American Cheese Education (ACE) Foundation, or donate a portion of proceeds from sales to the Foundation.
Cheesemakers: Host a special event or tour at your farm, facility, tasting room, onsite restaurant, or retail outlet; work with local retailers to reach consumers; create special recipes and share on your website; offer special packages and pairings.
Retailers, Distributors, and Cheesemongers: Promote featured American cheeses with special offers and tasting menus; offer in-store tastings, events, or education; bring in producers to meet directly with your customers; or even offer an American Cheese Month Groupon.
Chefs & Restaurateurs: Feature an American artisan cheese plate on your menu in October; incorporate American cheese into special recipes; invite local cheesemakers (and brewers/wineries) to organize a special tasting evening at your restaurant.
Regional Cheese Guilds: Hold a “Meet the Cheesemaker” event, where your local producers can meet consumers and share samples of their cheeses.
Cheese Enthusiasts: Hold an at-home tasting or pairing evening with friends and share photos on our Facebook page; try making cheese at home; develop recipes using your favorite American cheeses; take part in ACM events in your area.
Media: Feature local cheesemakers and independent cheese shops in your area; highlight cheese-related stories throughout the month, try new American cheeses and blogging your tasting notes.
Brewers, Cidermakers, and Winemakers: Host a special event at your facility by bringing in cheeses from local producers, or create unique pairings for your customers to enjoy throughout the month.
Specialty Food Producers: Pair American cheeses with your crackers, breads, condiments, and spreads, and share the pairing ideas and recipes via social media!