Cheese-lovers in our industry can spend their Labor Day weekend exploring and tasting Chester County and Philadelphia’s fine cheeses, artisan spirits, local beers and wines, and farm-to-table cuisine as Cheese Journeys introduces and educates during its first-ever East Coast Cheese Journey.
“Chester County is Pennsylvania’s Loire Valley. With its fertile soils and lush pastures, it’s become a hub of cheesemaking on the East Coast and a stunning place to visit,” noted Writer and Cheese Maven Tenaya Darlington, known as ‘Madame Fromage.’ “I’ve spent the last decade exploring the many creameries around Philadelphia, and I can’t wait to share these experiences with the guests on this Cheese Journey. Anna Juhl creates exquisite itineraries, and this long weekend will be nothing short of a feast for the senses.”
Cheese Journeys’ tour will take place September 1-4, 2017 and be hosted by Darlington and Cheese Journey’s Founder and CEO Anna Juhl. According to a company press release, the company’s carefully curated trip combines the perfect blend of city and country in what promises to be an unforgettable food travel experience.
“I fell in love with the people and the food culture of Philadelphia the first time I met up with Tenaya and Emilio Mignucci, Owner of the legendary DiBruno Bros. specialty food store, several years ago,” noted Juhl. “The city’s food culture is diverse and authentic, and the beautiful farms and rolling hills of Chester County remind me of the rural countryside where I grew up in the Midwest. I knew then it would become an obvious choice for an American Cheese Journey.”
Local artisans, chefs, and experts will lead custom tours and tastings in both Philadelphia, one of the country’s top culinary destinations and the center of a thriving cheese scene, and throughout Chester County, a region with deep agricultural and dairying traditions and some of the finest farmland in the country. Participants will stay at the Inn at Grace Winery, situated on 50-acres in the Brandywine Valley.
Highlights of the four-day trip will include visits to two of the area’s celebrated cheesemakers, Sue Miller of Birchrun Hills Farm and Tom Schaer of Meadowset Farm; a private meet and tasting with the cheesemakers from the award-winning Farm at Doe Run; a “Cheese Festival” at Artisan Exchange; dinner at the nationally acclaimed Talula’s Table; and a private after-hours event at DiBruno Bros. at which expert cheesemongers will create unique pairing concoctions especially for the Cheese Journeys group.
Visit Cheese Journeys’ website for more details and future international events.