The Western Hemisphere's Largest Wheel of Cheese Rolls into Boston

Hoisting the hulking cheese.

Hoisting the hulking cheese.

How lucky are we? Grub Street receives word that the Western Hemisphere's biggest wheel of cheese, a 400-pound Crucolo from Italy that stands as tall as a typical four-year-old child, will arrive at the Concord Cheese Shop on December 6. Christmas is coming early this year! This is keeping with tradition: Last year, a similarly fat fromage visited the charming Cheese Shop, which has an exclusive on all sorts of rare, far-flung, and husky cheeses. (Yup, it was also one of our most popular stories that month.) Read on for all of the lactose-unfriendly details.

The festivities begin promptly at 3:30 p.m., we're told, with a heroes welcome fit for a ... rare cheese. It will arrive in an old-fashioned horse drawn cart and enjoy a serenade from an Italian chorale group. We're also told that Concord Academy's spirited Crucolo Dancers will prance alongside the cart while "brandishing large chunks of cheese." It's part of a diverse prep-school education! And do we really need to tell you that free, cheese-based food will be provided?

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