A weekend long celebration brought together by a lively and friendly group of experts and presenters from the wonderful world of artisan cheese. The festival promotes broad awareness of the artisan cheesemaking community and enjoyment of its products.
2017 California Artisan Cheese Festival includes the popular Farm, Creamery and Artisan Tours, The Ultimate Best Bite Competition, NEW Cheesemaker Dinners and Cheese & Cocktails event, Bubbles Brunch, seminars, and the Artisan Cheese Marketplace and Tasting.
The festival helps the artisan cheesemaking community directly by contributing 10 percent of all ticket proceeds to nonprofit organizations that work to (1) protect and preserve the lands needed by the artisan cheesemakers for their cows, sheep and goats; (2) train and encourage the next generation of milk producers and cheesemakers; and (3) support the artisan cheesemaking community in California. The festival also supports the Redwood Empire Food Bank, which is working to eliminate hunger in Sonoma County. California Artisan Cheese Festival has to date made donations totaling more than $90,000 to the following: Sonoma Land Trust, Marin Agricultural Land Trust, Petaluma Future Farmers of America, California Artisan Cheese Guild, Redwood Empire Food Bank