What should a cheese-lover do at Slow Food Nation? What if you're there on a date weekend? Or you just want to get your buzz on? The schedule can be pretty overwhelming, so we've broken the event down into seven personalized itineraries to make navigating it easier. Whether you're obsessed with pork or policy, freebies or cheese, we've got a plan for you.

All locations are in San Francisco unless otherwise noted.

For the Cheese-Lover ($190)

Taste Workshops

American Artisan Cheeses and Microbrews: Matt Jennings of Farmstead Inc. leads this tasting.

Saturday, August 30, 2-3 p.m.
Fort Mason Center, Building C, Room 370
SOLD OUT

Celebrating American Raw Milk Cheese: Learn about the differences between (and controversy over) raw- and pasteurized-milk cheeses at this six-cheese tasting.

Saturday, August 30, 8-9 p.m.
Fort Mason Center, Building C, Room 370

Taste Pavilions

Bread, Cheese, and Wine:
Take a walk through the Taste Pavilions, information-packed areas about different types of foods, each with a unique design, tasting flights, and snacks.

Sunday, August 31, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Fort Mason Center/Festival Pavilion

Slow Dinner

Slow Food Starlight Supper benefiting the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy:
Cheese is all over this meal, from the salumi, grilled fig, and ricotta bruschetta to the late-summer berry pudding with mascarpone.

Sunday, August 31, 6 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. dinner
Americano Restaurant & Bar, 8 Mission Street

For the Buzz-Seeker ($209)

Slow Food Rocks

Gnarls Barkley, Ozomatli, New Pornographers, Medeski Martin and Wood:
Visit day one of Slow Food Nation's two-day concert, then cut out a little early and head to the Taste Pavilions.

Saturday, August 30, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Great Meadow at Fort Mason Center

Taste Pavilions

Beer, Spirits, and Wine.

Saturday, August 30, 5-9 p.m.
Fort Mason Center/Festival Pavilion

Taste Workshop

Exploring Coffee and Chocolate Pairings:
James Freeman from Blue Bottle Coffee and Seneca Klassen from Bittersweet Café consider how java and cacao taste together.

Sunday, August 31, 10-11 a.m.
Fort Mason Center, Building C, Room 370
SOLD OUT

Water Stations

Free filtered water: Hydrate after the coffee and chocolate tasting.

Sunday, August 31, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Civic Center and Fort Mason Center

Slow Dinner

Party and fund-raiser for the Center for Environmental Health and the Center for Food Safety:
This event starts with drinks at the new Latin cocktail lounge Pisco, then heads next door to Destino for a four-course dinner with paired wines.

Sunday, August 31, cocktails 5:30-7 p.m., dinner 7:30 p.m.
Pisco Latin Lounge, 1817 Market Street, and Destino, 1815 Market Street

For a Date Weekend ($226)

Slow Breakfast

The Sunny Side Café and Green Chamber of Commerce:
Start the day with goat cheese and honey pancakes; rockfish Benedict; a savory French toast sandwich with mushrooms, greens, garlic-roasted tomatoes, and lobster sauce; or strawberry French toast.

Friday, August 29, 9 a.m.
Sunny Side Café, 1499 Solano Avenue, Albany
SOLD OUT

Slow Journey

Half Moon Bay Coastal Pleasures:
Learn about California's oldest fishing fleet, visit farms, and eat lunch in the loft of a historic barn.

Saturday, August 30, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Meet at 8:45 a.m. at Civic Center Slow Food Nation Welcome Center at Larkin and Grove--bus leaves from the steps of the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
SOLD OUT

Taste Pavilions

Ice Cream, Honey & Preserves, and Tea.

Sunday, August 31, 6-9 p.m.
Fort Mason Center/Festival Pavilion

For the Budget-Minded (free)

Marketplace

SFN Marketplace:
Stroll through Civic Center and check out the farmers' market, food kiosks, and more.

Friday, August 29, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Civic Center Plaza

Victory Garden

Ornamental edible garden:
Take a walk around the garden.

Saturday, August 30, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Civic Center Plaza

Soap Box

Soap Box:
While you check out the Victory Garden, catch one of the free speakers (who range from CHOW honey obsessive Serge Labesque to peach farmer Mas Masumoto) giving short speeches.

Saturday, August 30, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Slow Food Nation Victory Garden

Slow Arts

Slow: Life in a Tuscan Town:
Stop by this free exhibit, a collection of Douglas Gayeton's film and photography work.

Saturday, August 30, noon-4 p.m.
Museo ItaloAmericano, Fort Mason Center, Building C

Slow Hike

Sierra Club Hike: San Francisco to Sausalito via Marin Headlands:
A free, moderately strenuous 11- to 12-mile hike; BYO lunch.

Monday, September 1, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Meet at Justin Herman Plaza (Embarcadero Center), by the Hyatt Regency stairway

For the Policy Wonk ($141)

Commonwealth Club Panels

The Centralization of Our Food System:
Panelists discuss how centralization affects the economy of food, from production to consumption.

Thursday, August 14, 5:30 p.m. reception, 6 p.m. program
Blue Room at the Commonwealth Club, 595 Market Street, Second Floor

Building a Slow Food Nation:
Panelists discuss their ideas about how to construct a better food system.

Thursday, August 21, 5:30 p.m. reception, 6 p.m. program
Blue Room at the Commonwealth Club, 595 Market Street, Second Floor

Food Bill Declaration

Petition Launch for a New Vision for Agriculture and Food Policy for the 21st Century:
A petition calling for better food and agriculture policies will be read and unveiled for signing.

Thursday, August 28, 5-6 p.m.
Civic Center Plaza/Slow Food Nation Victory Garden

Food for Thought

Climate Change and Food:
Wes Jackson, author and president/founder of the Land Institute, speaks.

Saturday, August 30, noon-1:30 p.m.
Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Avenue

Taste Workshop

Eat It to Save It, Slow Food USA's Ark of Taste:
Ark of Taste chair Poppy Tooker leads the workshop and explains how eating endangered foods can help promote and preserve them. Taste heritage peaches, hogs, shellfish, and more.

Sunday, August 31, 4-5 p.m.
Fort Mason Center, Building C, Room 370
SOLD OUT

Taste Pavilions

Native Foods and Fish.

Sunday, August 31, 6-9 p.m.
Fort Mason Center/Festival Pavilion

For the Wine Fanatic ($145)

Taste Pavilions

Wine, Cheese, and Charcuterie.

Saturday, August 30, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Fort Mason Center/Festival Pavilion

Taste Workshops

Slow Wine & Food Pairings:
Sip some appellation reds from La Jota Vineyard paired with regional food bites.

Saturday, August 30, 6-7 p.m.
Fort Mason Center, Building C, Room 362

Coro Mendocino Wines & Organic Cheeses: Sip and taste.

Saturday, August 30, 8-9 p.m.
Fort Mason Center, Building C, Room 362

Mendocino Pinot Noir:
Discuss the effects of the region's various climates, soils, and topography on different wines.

Sunday, August 31, 2-3 p.m.
Fort Mason Center, Building C, Room 362

Biodynamic Wines:
Learn all about them at this tasting and discussion.

Sunday, August 31, 6-7 p.m.
Fort Mason Center, Building C, Room 362

For the Pork Enthusiast ($250)

Marketplace

SFN Marketplace:
Stop by the
Fatted Calf kiosk for sausages and cured meats.

Friday, August 29, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Civic Center Plaza

Slow Dinner

Woodward's Garden and Animal Welfare Approved:
Woodward's Garden hosts a fundraiser for Animal Welfare Approved, featuring pork from Niman Ranch. Paul Willis of Niman Ranch and Will Harris of White Oak Pastures share their experiences in practicing humane husbandry. Fifteen percent of every ticket sold benefits the Animal Welfare Approved program.

Sunday, August 31, reception 5:30-6:30 p.m., dinner 6:30 p.m.
Woodward's Garden, 1700 Mission Street

Taste Workshops

The Apple in the Pig's Mouth:
Taste three varieties of prosciutto paired with ciders from around the country. Chef and food writer Kurt Michael Friese moderates.

Saturday, August 30, noon-1 p.m.
Fort Mason Center, Building C, Room 370
SOLD OUT

Heritage Pork and Sparkling Mead:
Enjoy another pairing at this workshop led by Eliza MacLean, hog breeder and conservationist; Gordon Hull, mead maker; and Chef Joe Bonaparte.

Saturday, August 30, 4-5 p.m.
Fort Mason Center, Building C, Room 370
SOLD OUT

Slow Sips & Charcuterie Snacking:
Sample drinks and vittles while Sam Edwards of the Virginia Traditions smokehouses; Kenneth Rochford of Medlock Ames; and Mark Pastore, co-owner of Incanto and Boccalone, discuss wine and charcuterie.

Sunday, August 31, 6-7 p.m.
Fort Mason Center, Building C, Room 370

Taste Pavilions

Charcuterie, Pickles and Chutney, Bread, and Beer.

Sunday, August 31, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Fort Mason Center/Festival Pavilion