Cheese-makers, chefs, brewers, sommeliers, winemakers and foodies in general will gather for three days of tasting and learning about artisan cheese.
The eighth annual California’s Artisan Cheese Festival starts off Friday with a number of farm tours, which feature visits to nurseries, milking cows, cheese-focused lunches, cheese and beer tastings and plenty more for $75 to $135. In the evening, meet the cheese-makers and sample their latest products.
Saturday brims with seminars and workshops led by industry experts, including San Francisco Chronicle cheese columnist Janet Fletcher on cheese rinds; author Laura Werlin on melted cheese; brewer Rich Higgins on the terroir of Sonoma beer and cheese; and many more. Individual seminars are $65 while classes – the basics of cheese-making, making moldy cheese – cost $95. The day concludes with a grand cheese tasting and competition, showcasing more than 20 restaurants, caterers, wineries and breweries and their ability to manipulate cheese. Tickets cost $75.
Next Sunday concludes with an artisan cheese tasting and marketplace, with more than 75 artisans offering cheese or cheese-minded samples. Entry runs $45 for adults and $20 for children 12 and under.
It all takes place at the Sheraton Sonoma County at 745 Baywood Drive, Petaluma. For tickets and a full schedule of events, visit www.artisancheesefestival.com.
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