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Celebrating the Natural History Museum of Utah's Most Mouth-watering Event

2017 Chocolate and Cheese Festival

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Join world-class artisan chocolate and cheese makers at the Natural History Museum of Utah’s 4th annual Chocolate and Cheese Festival, happening April 8 & 9, 2017, from 10am to 5pm. Fast becoming one of Utah’s most popular food events, the festival showcases the amazing talents and handcrafted products of companies and individuals who have turned their passion for high-quality, sustainable foods into award-winning products that double as works of art.

“This year’s festival provides a wonderful opportunity for Utah residents to become acquainted with the growing number of knowledgeable, health-conscious food artisans who create premium products across the U.S. and many of them right here in Utah,” says Executive Director Sarah George. “As a museum, we are dedicated to strengthening individual and community connections with the natural world, and what’s more natural than understanding how plants, animals and minerals are thoughtfully cared for and harnessed to produce the foods we eat.”

Festivalgoers are invited to indulge their senses and taste buds in a variety of unique workshops offered both Saturday and Sunday. Sign up to explore the subtle nuances of chocolate from expert pastry chefs, or Ogden’s second-generation chocolatier Ruth Kendrick (and yes, come ready to sample). Others longing for something savory can discover surprising stories about the history of cheese, how it’s made and even hone their cheese-tasting palates.

Special guests attending this year’s Chocolate & Cheese Festival include two 2017 U.S. Cheese Champions from Wisconsin. Emmi Roth, who won Best of Class for their smear ripened Grand Cru®Reserve, and this year’s Grand Champion, Sartori, whose Black Pepper Bella Vitano® was awarded for its “impeccable balance” with an almost perfect score.

Included in the regular price of Museum admission (Adults: $14.95; students - $12.95; kids under 12 - $9.95), guests are free to browse the Museum and the market, as well as talk with representatives from over 20 top-notch vendors. Workshops fees are additional. For a complete list of workshops and vendors, visit




 About the Natural History Museum of Utah

The Natural History Museum of Utah is one of the leading scientific research and cultural institutions in the country. Established in 1963, Museum collections contain over 1.6 million objects and offers innovative exhibitions and educational programs to thousands of residents and visitors each year, including traveling and permanent exhibits, special events and other programs. With more than 250,000 visitors a year, the Museum also offers a variety of outreach programs to communities and schools throughout Utah, reaching every school district in the state annually. The Museum has an active scientific research program with more than 30 scientists and 10 field expeditions each year.