Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Cheese Curd Festival?
Where is the Cheese Curd Festival held?
What are the festival dates?
Can I bring my pet?
Is the festival 21+?
Is there an admission charge?
Will there be anything to eat at the Festival other than cheese?
Is there seating at the festival?
Do you ever run out of cheese curds?
What if it rains?
Where do I purchase Tasting Experience tickets?
Where’s the best place to park?
You’ll be glad to know that there is free parking and free continuous shuttles to the festival grounds! Shuttle Service Hours: Friday: 4pm-10:30pm and Saturday 8am-10:30pm. Watch for signs to guide you to our shuttle parking lots: Ellsworth Elementary School – S Piety Street and Pierce County Office Building lot – W Kinne Street and W Grove Street. Parking is also allowed on all village streets (except where posted). Learn more about parking here.
INSIDER TIP: We recommend taking the shuttle. It’s a short ride between the festival parking lots and festival grounds. Free and continuous shuttle service allows you to get in on all the food, music, shopping, and fun without a long wait (or walk). You’ll be dropped at the festival’s main entrance with immediate access to all the Cheese Curd Festival has to offer!
Is there an ATM machine at the festival?
Can I volunteer for the Cheese Curd Festival?
Who do I contact about sponsorship and vendor opportunities?
The Cheese Curd Festival is a great way to get your business name in front of a diverse and energetic audience! You’ll find more information about becoming a festival sponsor here.
We’re always looking to add unique street food items to the festival food lineup, particularly those who serve cheese curds in creative ways. You’ll find more information about joining us as a food truck vendor here.
Vendors highlighting regional specialties and locally grown, handmade and handcrafted items, such as pre-packaged specialty foods, reclaimed art and furniture, yard and garden art, clothing, jewelry and accessories, and Americana, are the perfect fit for our festival. More information about our Festival’s Market can be found here.
Is the Festival accessible to persons with disabilities?
The Cheese Curd Festival is held in a natural, outdoor setting. There are various types of terrain throughout the grounds including grass, hard packed dirt, gravel, and blacktop roadways. The festival grounds are at two levels, the upper level is mostly paved at street and sidewalk level. This is where the food trucks, Cheese Curd Central booths, one bar, and the tasting tent are located. The lower grounds in East End Park is a natural (mostly level) grassy area with a paved path, accessible via stairs on the east end of the park, or a road-level pathway near the western tip on Wall Street. In this area you will find the music stages, children’s playland, and 2 of 3 bars. The vendor market is located on Broadway Street.
The festival grounds are large and there are some distances to be covered if you plan to take in all the festivities. As with any natural terrain, rain can impact the conditions.
We have a limited number of designated disabled accessible parking spaces (watch for signs) on a first come first served basis. Disabled accessible portable toilets are also available. If you are capable of boarding a bus, we recommend parking at the Ellsworth Elementary/High School parking lot where the majority of disabled accessible parking and continuous shuttle bus service are available. Vehicles must have appropriate plates or permits to park in accessible spaces. All parking is on a first-come, first served basis.