Why You Should Attend California's Artisan Cheese Festival

Why You Should Attend California's Artisan Cheese Festival

California, Festivals and Events Select Registry – February 13, 2014

Cheese lovers, prepare to be amazed by California’s 8th annual Artisan Cheese Festival. The dates are set for March 21st through March 23rd, 2014 in Petaluma, California.

It all started with the first festival back in March 2007. More than 10,000 attendees have met more than a dozen international award-winning cheesemakers over the years, learning how to taste, buy, serve and enjoy distinctive artisan cheeses from experts. The Artisan Cheese Festival is the first-ever weekend-long celebration and exploration of handcrafted cheeses, foods, wines and beers from California and beyond. Cheesemakers, experts, chefs and fromagiers from across the country will teach educational seminars, and let’s not forget about the tastings and/or pairings of artisan cheeses. The festival will bring together a wide variety of artisan cheeses from California and beyond with their artisan bread, food, wine and beer complements.

The mission of the festival is to educate people who want to learn more about artisan cheese, support the artisan cheesemaking community and its sustainability, and celebrate and enjoy the creations of the artisan cheesemakers. Of course, it’s also about FUN!

On Friday, March 21, you can take part in farm tours and a lunch, then meet the cheesemakers and their cheeses. Seminars, cooking and pairing demos will kick off on Saturday, followed by the Grand Cheese Tasting. This popular roaming feast will showcase top, local, Bay-area chefs using artisan cheeses in a variety of dishes from sweet to savory. There will be more than 20 top restaurants, caterers, wineries, and breweries involved in the competition!

Then on Sunday a cooking demo and sparkling wine brunch will run from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. It will include a glass of bubbly and an artisan cheese-inspired sit-down brunch. The weekend will wrap up at the Artisan Cheese Tasting and Marketplace from 12 to 4 p.m., where you can meet more than 70 artisan producers and experience the best of local cheese, wine, beer and specialty foods. Pick up new recipes, tips and tricks.

Your ticket includes admission, access to chef demos and author book signings, the Artisan Cheese Festival insulated cheese tote bag and a festival wine glass.

After purchasing your tickets to attend the Artisan Cheese Festival, we encourage you to check out some of our Select Registry members.

• The Honor Mansion, a wine country resort, is the only AAA 4-diamond property in Healdsburg, the heart of Wine Country. It is an intimate resort with thirteen unique, luxurious rooms spread over a four-acre property.

• Also take a look at Milliken Creek Inn & Spa, which is located in one of the most breathtaking settings in Napa Valley. The accommodations at Milliken are truly second to none. Each of the 12 guest rooms is distinctively designed in chic yet comfortable decor, with painstaking attention given to even the smallest details.

• Last but not least, take a look at the Applewood Inn, Restaurant and Spa. This boutique Wine Country inn has 19 rooms and suites, a fine food restaurant, and spa. It’s about one hour north of the Golden Gate Bridge in the heart of the Russian River Valley Pinot Noir growing region.

These three great California bed and breakfast recommendations are just a few of our nearly 350 member Inns and Bed and Breakfasts. Quality assurance is what makes Select Registry different. Learn more about the Inn experience now!

Photo courtesy of: Artisan Cheese Festival