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Carver featured at cheese event

The Cheese Extravaganza at Huckleberry’s Natural Market, 926 S. Monroe St., on Saturday features an unexpected artist.

Cheese carver Sarah Nep will be at the store, transforming cheese into a sculpture. The artist is one of four carvers in the nation who specialize in cheese. She has worked with blocks of cheese weighing from 40 to 2,000 pounds and said it takes a minimum of four hours to carve a 40-pound block.

“It’s like ice carving, except there is no puddle at the end,” she said in a news release from the store.

Find out more at or by watching a YouTube video, CAnCNn6x1UU, taken by a man and his son who talked to the carver while she was carving a Sturgis sculpture at a store in Rapid City, S.D.

While Nep is carving, cheese experts will be on hand to answer questions, hand out recipes and give samples of cheeses from around the world. The tastings will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.