CENTRAL POINT, OR
Rogue Creamery will be participating in several events for the 10th Annual Oregon Cheese Festival.
The Meet the Cheesemakers and Winemakers Dinner will kick off the festival, according to a press release. During the meal, guests will be introduced to artisans at the historic Ashland Springs Hotel in Ashland Friday, March 14th. The dinner will be held for the benefit of the non-profit 501(c)(6) Oregon Cheesemaker Guild. Each course of the meal will spotlight a cheese made by one of the festival's artisans, paired with a local wine or beer.
On Saturday, March 15th, thousands of visitors will sample cow, sheep, and goat cheese from Oregon. Cheeses will include those from Pholia Farm, La Mariposa Creamery, Ochoa Creamery, Tumalo Farms, Tillamook County Creamery, Face Rock Creamery, Portland Creamery, and of course Rogue Creamery. The Cheese Festival will be open to the public and will invite guests to shake hands with cheesemakers & other artisans.
"The farmer's market format will present an interactive experience between makers and visitors, giving everyone an opportunity to talk about the product, the process and learn each individual cheesemaker's story," says David Gremmels, co-owner with Cary Bryant of Rogue Creamery. "It's a way to truly be connected with the source of the cheese being presented."
Sunday's festivities include The Double EE, named for chEEse and bEEr. It is a friendly cheese and beer competition which challenges cheese makers and brew masters to create great tastes together along with a story behind the pairing. There will be at least 10 teams participating in the event. In addition to 3 special guest judges, the first 100 guests who buy a ticket can enter the competition and will get the opportunity to be a judge as well.
In other news, Rogue Creamery's President and Cheesemaker David Gremmels recently presented a selection of Rogue's handmade cheeses to the US Ambassador to Japan, Caroline Kennedy, at FOODEX Japan, the largest food trade show in Asia.