What has two thumbs and loves gouda? Basically every Wisconsinite in possession of two thumbs. We’re the cheeseheads for a reason.
While it may not be a bank holiday, here in Wisconsin, it probably should be. What are we referring to? January 20th, of course, more widely known as National Cheese Lover’s Day.
Humans have been cheese lovers since the beginning of time. Literally. Cheesemaking began before the dawn of recorded history. Since then, more than 1,800 kinds of cheeses have been made. We just can’t get enough, especially in America’s Dairyland.
In honor of this glorious day, here are some cheesy facts:
- Wisconsin is responsible for the production of 35% of American-made cheese. Hey America, our shoulders are getting a little tired from carrying the team.
- We are host to more than 13 cheese festivals, including the Great Wisconsin Cheese Festival, Wisconsin Cheese Annual Festival, Green County Cheese Days…
- Can someone say 100? That’s how many cheese factories are in our good ol’ home state.
- There are over 1,000,000 cows in our great state, and 90% of Wisconsin’s milk becomes cheese. That’s 2,800,000,000 pounds of cheese every year. Whew, that statistic has a lot of zeros.
- Packer fans reclaimed the insult “cheesehead.” In 1987, Ralph Bruno created our iconic hat, which dons most heads at Lambeau Field. That’s right, we found a way to wear
Cheese may be a favorite all over the world, but does anyone truly love cheese the way a Wisconsinite does? Not a chance.
Happy National Cheese Lover’s Day, Bloomer. We hope you’re sitting down to a nice dinner, a fine wine, and several pounds of cheese.