6thAnnual

Winchester, KY

JUNE 14TH, 2014 10AM-5PM

Winchester First, A Downtown Program, is proud to host the 6th annual Beer Cheese Festival in our Historic Downtown District the second weekend in June! Last year an estimated 12,000 people packed the streets of Downtown to sample Beer Cheese, listen to live music, eat great food, and shop from the vendors! This year you can expect even more! Join us as we transform Main St. into Beer Cheese Blvd.

The History
Beer Cheese dates back to the 1940's in Clark Co. when it is believed to first be made by Joe Allman for his cousin, John Allman's, restaurants on the Kentucky River. Since then people have fallen for this delicious spread that goes great on carrots, celery, crackers, or anything you want! Now you can find Beer Cheese on the menu at many restuarants and you can even pick up a tub from local stores. See you downtown!

People’s Choice Competition - For the purchase of a $5 Beer Cheese Festival wristband, you will receive one ticket to vote for your favorite beer cheese! You’ll be able to sample all the beer cheese you like from the commercial vendors. Once you’ve decided on your favorite beer cheese, place your voting ticket into the box located at the booth of your choice! Voting ends at 4:15pm and the People’s Choice Award will be announced on the steps of the Courthouse at approximately 5:15pm. More Information

Commercial Contest - On festival day, commercial contestants will submit their entries for blind judging to City Hall by noon. Judging takes place from 1pm-3pm. The winners of the Judges' Choice and People's Choice Awards will be announced at 5:15 on the steps of the Courthouse.
Awards:

  • 1st Place - $600
  • 2nd Place - $350
  • 3rd Place - $200

Official Guidelines and Entry Form

Amateur Contest - Think you have the winning beer cheese recipe? Bring your $10 entry fee and your beer cheese to City Hall and submit it for blind judging by 11:00am on festival day. Official judging will begin at 1:00 and will be finished by 3pm. Winners will be announced on the steps of the Courthouse at 5:15pm.
Awards:

  • 1st Place - $200
  • 2nd Place - $100
  • 3rd Place - $50

Official Guidelines and Entry Form

Sample Beer Cheese and Cast Your Vote for Peoples Choice
Beer Cheese Festival People's Choice Tasting photos credit: James Mann, Winchester Sun
  • We have some of the best food around!
  • Want to be part of the Beer Cheese
  • Festival Tradition? Get an application!
  • Vendor 1
  • Vendor 2
  • Vendor 3
  • Vendor 4
Food Vendors
Delicious Foods and Wines at the Beer Cheese Festival
Beer Garden and Live Music at the Beer Cheese Festival
photos credit: James Mann, Winchester Sun

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GARDEN

Arts & Crafts

With an estimated 12,000 visitors last year for a one-day event, the Beer Cheese Festival is a perfect low-cost opportunity for you to present your arts and crafts for sale. We invite you to come to beautiful downtown Winchester, KY and experience our exciting festival. Arts & crafts applications can be downloaded here. For a list of verified vendors for this year, visit the Arts & Crafts section of our Vendors page.

Arts and Crafts at the Beer Cheese Festival
Jewelry, Bows Crafts and More at the Beer Cheese Festival
photos credit: James Mann, Winchester Sun
Big Sales from Local Merchants
We will be here rain or shine, so dress accordingly.

RAIN or SHINE