Festival after festival. March seems to be a month of getting together and strutting your stuff on the West Coast.
Here in the Bay Area, we have not one, but TWO cheese festivals occurring back to back in Sonoma County. The first takes place in the scenic town of
Immediately following the conference in
This get-together is geared more at the cheese enthusiast. There will be workshops and cooking demos, even field trips to local cheesemakers. It is organized by Lynne Devereaux. She also teaches classes at the cheese school, but I have not had the opportunity to work with her. (She'll be teaching cheese and wine pairing classes later in March and April.) I'm sad I cannot attend this festival. Jim and I are heading to
The following weekend is the Oregon Cheese Festival in
March 14th and 15th Rogue Creamery hosts every licensed cheesemaker in
Moving north on the map, the festive atmosphere continues with the Seattle Cheese Festival. The fourth annual event will be May 16 -18 at
Should you be in Chicago at the end of July, the American Cheese Society will be hosting its annual conference at the Chicago Hilton. The highlight is the Festival of Cheese, featuring all of the cheeses entered into the yearly competition. Anyone can buy a ticket to attend the festival and gorge themselves on 1200+ cheeses from all across America. Nirvana.
This is an event not to be missed. I am still mad I could not make it last year when it was in Vermont.
Are these cheese festivals a growing trend? It sure looks like it. I'm sure there will be a few more popping up in a town near you if not this year, than next.