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Cheese will be on the menu at the 8th annual Artisan Cheese Festival in Petaluma.

Tastings and seminars at Artisan Cheese Festival

Published: Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 - 9:15 am

The historic town of Petaluma is a cool day-trip destination for lots of good reasons. One of them is the 8th annual Artisan Cheese Festival, March 21-23, where tastings will be encouraged. The fest will be populated with cheesemakers, chefs, brewers, winemakers, farmers, dairymen, ranchers and other food- and drink-centric experts, all sharing their knowledge and products.

Look for a cheesemakers reception, farm tours, cheese tastings and competitions, special Sunday brunch and a fully stocked marketplace complete with cooking demonstrations and cookbook signings. Register early for cheese-making and cooking workshops, and seminars designed to help consumers match wines, beers and ciders with artisanal cheeses; they sell out early.

It will all be happening inside and on the grounds of the Sheraton hotel, 745 Baywood Drive, Petaluma; (707) 283-288. For ticketing and details, go to

Call The Bee’s Allen Pierleoni, (916) 321-1128. Follow him on Twitter @apierleonisacbe.

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Chris Macias has served as The Sacramento Bee's Food & Wine writer since 2008. His writing adventures have ranged from the kitchen at French Laundry to helping pick 10 tons of zinfandel grapes with migrant farm workers in Lodi. Chris also judges regularly at food, wine and cocktail competitions around Northern California. His profile of a former gangbanger-turned-pastry-chef was included in Da Capo's "Best Food Writing 2012."

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Allen Pierleoni writes about casual lunchtime restaurants in The Sacramento Bee's weekly "Counter Culture" column. He covers a broad range of topics, including food, travel, books and authors. In addition to writing the weekly column "Between the Lines," he oversees the Sacramento Bee Book Club, in which well-known authors give free presentations to the public.

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