By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published May 20, 2017 at 1:03 PM

Where can you find three distilleries, nine breweries and a boat-load of cheese?

... at Curds & Kegs, of course. The first annual event will be held at the West Allis Farmers Market, 6501 W. National Ave. on Thursday, June 8 from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

The event will feature sampling of over 80 cheeses from some of Wisconsin’s best cheese makers, along with spirits and over 30 styles of beer. A variety of products will also be available for purchase.

Cheeses will include selections from Wisconsin creameries including the Artisan Cheese Exchange, BelGioioso, Caprine, Carr Valley, Cedar Grove, Clock Shadow, Decator, Holland Family Farms, LaClare Farms, Pine River, Red Barn, Roth, Sartori, Union, Uplands and Widmer.

Distilleries will include Great Lakes Distillery and Twisted Path along with North Woods from Coleman, Wisconsin. Meanwhile, beer will be provided by Cedarburg's Fermentorium, Good City, Lakefront, Milwaukee Brewing Co., Mobcraft, Raised Grain, Sprecher, Third Space and West Allis' own Westallion.

Tickets are just $10 in advance – available at the West Allis Cheese & Sausage Shoppe, 6832 West Becher St. – or $15 at the door. All proceeds will benefit local West Allis charitable organizations.

Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.