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Highlights from the 2017 California Artisan Cheese Festival

Highlights from the 2017 California Artisan Cheese Festival


PETALUMA, CA
Monday, March 27th, 2017

Brisk Bay Area weather couldn’t deter cheese lovers and other deli devotees this weekend, as over 2,000 attendees convened in picturesque Petaluma, California, to take part in the 11th annual California Artisan Cheese Festival.

The festivities were held throughout the weekend, March 24th through the 26th, with several tours, dinners, tastings, and other events showcasing the best in Northern California cheesemaking and mongering.

The event culminated this Sunday with an Artisan Cheese Tasting and Marketplace showcasing 90 artisan producers of cheese, wine, beer, cider, and other specialty foods.

The marketplace featured big names in the California cheese world—like Bellwether Farms, Cypress Grove, Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company, Laura Chenel’s/Marin French Cheese, and Cowgirl Creamery—as well as complementary products like Creminelli Fine Meats, Clover Stoneretta Farms, and Rustic Bakery’s assortment of organic crackers and baked goods.

The event also featured some outstanding specialty vendors like Sinful Salt—maker of a kicking “Fire and Brimstone” salt—and Petaluma’s own Golden State Pickle Works—whose pickled radishes and other offerings drew a big crowd.

Boonville’s Pennyroyal Farms showcased both their remarkable goat cheeses and wines, and several local brewers and vintners also contributed to the occasion.  

 Judy Groverman Walker, Executive Director, California's Artisan Cheese Festival"We work really hard to have new vendors, and we invited a few from out-of-state this year. It’s really important to us to have fresh products,"  said Judy Groverman Walker, Executive Director of the festival. Judy also shared that it was important for small producers as a way of making connections, and that everyone overall saw success. “We had a lot of very happy vendors. Our guests were in a buying mood, and the products were what they were looking for.”

According to the festival’s website, the event works to help the artisan cheesemaking community both directly and indirectly and contributes to the community at large—by donating 10 percent of all ticket proceeds to nonprofit organizations that work to protect and preserve the lands needed by the artisan cheesemakers for their cows, sheep, goats; train and encourage the next generation of milk producers and cheesemakers; and support the artisan cheesemaking community in California.

To date, the festival has donated more than $90,000 to the Sonoma Land Trust, the Marin Agricultural Land Trust, the Petaluma Future Farmers of America, the California Artisan Cheese Guild, and the Redwood Empire Food Bank. 

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