Vegans and the lactose intolerant would do well to give Larkin Cold Storage a wide berth today: the LIC warehouse will be filled to the brim with the very best cheeses from around the world, as 50 contenders battle it out for dairy knowledge supremacy at the fifth annual Cheesemonger Invitational. Turophiles (that’s the Latin for cheese-fanciers) are invited to watch “mongers” as they compete in eight epic rounds involving blind taste tests, slicing skills, written quizzes, and a sell-off. Guests can tuck into hundreds of samples as well as fondue, raclette, and flatbreads, paired with all-you-can-drink beer from Sixpoint Brewery. The invitational will culminate in cholesterol-filled combat between 10 finalists for the title of Best Cheesemonger in America. This may be funky, fatty fun for the audience, but for the contestants, cheese is serious business.

Sun., June 29, 5 p.m., 2014