The California Artisan Cheese Guild, California’s only nonprofit dedicated to sustaining the state’s artisan cheesemaking community, announced the occasion of its Third Annual SF Cheese Fest. The festival, held September 16, from 6-9 p.m. at the historic Social Hall, is celebrating the theme “Melting Together,” as well as the gratifying experience of bringing people together to share in the richness of the state’s artisan cheese community.
“Whether it’s stirred into fondue pots, melted into a crêpe, scraped from warm wheels, heaped on crusty bread, or simply sliced and savored, SF Cheese Fest will celebrate the hard work, craftsmanship, and unique character of California cheese,” said CACG President and Founder of Tomales Farmstead Creamery Tamara Hicks.
Guests will meet and mingle with 22 Guild-member cheesemakers from across the state, sampling dozens of new and classic California cheeses.
Pairing up with the melty fromage will be beers from local favorites: Magnolia Brewing Co., Lagunitas Brewing, and Fort Point Beer; ciders from AppleGarden Farm, Golden State Cider, and Titled Shed Cider; and wines from Herb Lamb Vineyards and Belden Barns. Additionally, complimentary bites will be offered by Cheese School of SF, Mission Cheese/Makers Common, Freestone Artisan Cheese, and Greenleaf, along with samples of cured meats, pickles, jams, and confections from local makers.
Tickets will go on sale Tuesday, July 18, and are expected to sell out. Tickets include entry and unlimited access to all bites and beverages, plus live music by colonial-indigenous-eccentric jazz quartet Rebirth Canal. Limited “Bring a Friend” tickets will also be available.