How to Create the Perfect Holiday Cheeseboard

What makes a great cheeseboard? A variety of flavors, textures, and colors.

Build your board around a mix of cheeses: hard, soft, and blue. Then add in a few sweet and savory pairings, and voila! It’s a party!

Courtney and Nick, our resident cheesemongers, put together the following guide to help with your selections.

Please note: It’s hard to predict, especially during the busy holiday season, which cheeses will be in stock at each of our store locations. So if you don’t find any of these options when you stop by, never fear! You can’t go wrong with anything you’ll find in the cheese case in Waterbury or Woodstock. They’re all tried and true!

HARD

  • Shelburne Farms “2 Year Cheddar”
  • Jasper Hill “Whitney”
  • Woodcock Farm “Jersey Girl”
  • Cobb Hill “Ascutney Mountain”

SOFT

  • Blue Ledge Farm “Lake’s Edge”
  • Champlain Valley “Triple Cream” or “Triple Truffle”
  • Jasper Hill “Harbison”
  • Spring Brook Farm “Ashbrook”

BLUE

  • Jasper Hill Farm “Bayley Hazen”
  • Champlain Valley Creamery “Bleu De Champlain”
  • MitiBleu (a sheep’s milk blue)

SOME SUGGESTED CHEESE PAIRINGS:

SWEET

  • Fresh figs
  • Fruit & berries
  • Dried apricots
  • Jams & jellies
  • Quince paste

SAVORY

  • Marona Almonds
  • Paté
  • Salami
  • Olives
  • Peppadews

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