Cheese is one of my favorite types of foods & when there is any opportunity for a cheese tasting, I'm there! In the past couple years, I've been to two festivals geared solely to cheese lovers.
Seattle Cheese Festival - located in the heart of Pike's Market, nearly 30 cheese companies participate in this FREE event. Tastings are also free, along with discounted pricing for HUGE cuts of cheeses. There is a wine tent for a nominal fee per sample. I highly recommend this event!
California Artisan Cheese Festival - in the Petaluma Sheraton's parking lot, many many cheese, wine, olive, & even breadstick vendors come together to show off & share their flavors. It's a good one-time experience for $45.