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8th Annual California Artisan Cheese Festival Recap

8th Annual California Artisan Cheese Festival Recap


PETALUMA, CAThe 8th Annual California Artisan Cheese Festival was held this weekend in Petaluma. It was a great event, with more than 75 vendors and over 30 premium artisan cheesemakers.cropped_Image_032014I sampled every cheese in sight and I tried water buffalo cheese for the first time. While the event was predominately geared towards consumers rather than industry, it was a good opportunity to sample and buy artisan California cheeses.cropped_Image_032014I was impressed with the tremendous diversity of cheeses from throughout California and elsewhere. Some of my favorite cheeses were there, including those from:
Beehive Cheese Co. Bellwether Farms Central Coast Creamery Clover Stornetta Farms Cowgirl Creamery Cypress Grove Chevre Laura Chenel's Chevre Pennyroyal Farm Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Co. Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery

Probably the most exotic cheese I tried was the water buffalo cheese from Bohemian Creamery. I was told that there is currently only one water buffalo dairy in all of California. The gorgonzola dolce cheese made from this milk had such a unique and pungent taste, it is truly hard to forget.cropped_Image_032014This was a great event with lots of quality products on display. It makes me happy to realize that there is such a vibrant cheesemaking culture alive in California. 8th Annual California Artisan Cheese Festival