Cheesemakers Festival Satisfies the Senses

By Alex Rose

Published 07/20 2014 06:50PM

Updated 07/20 2014 07:06PM

Shelburne, Vt.- What you hear at a cheese festival is pretty predictable: cheese chewing, wine tasting and food sizzling.

But for Vermont's annual Cheesemakers Festival, you heard something unexpected.

"There's nothing like someone walking around with an accordion to spice things up a bit," said Vermont Cheese Council President Vince Razionali.

Robert Resnik and Barbara Wager were recruited to add some spice to the festival.

“The festival director was looking for some portable music, that didn't need amplification, and was fun and was going to add to the event, and I guess we filled the bill," Resnik said.

Resnik enjoys bringing a different kind of performance to the people.

“In this day and age there isn't a lot of walk around live music left in the world,” Resnik said. "Not only are we providing a good atmosphere, but we're letting people know that kind of thing is a good idea."

Going crowd to crowd, he can always find people who really enjoy his music, and enjoy giving him a tasty snack.

“I think this is great, it's absolutely beautiful here and the cheese is really good," Wager said,

“Dancing to the music and smiling and taking pictures of us and generally enjoying themselves, and of course the more they drink, the better we sound," Resnik said.

An ambiance that wasn't cheesy in the least.

Vermont is the state with the highest number of cheese makers per capita.

The Vermont Cheese Council says this was by far their largest festival yet with over 40 Cheesemakers and close to 90 vendors.

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