full schedule

march 23-24, 2019



SaturDAY MARCH 23rd, 2019


Farm & Producer Tours

These intimate Saturday tours to various local farms, creameries and artisan purveyors are some of the most popular and coveted of events of the weekend. Get an “up close and personal” glimpse into the important role of the farmers and producers of the rich northern California agricultural farming area. Learn how cheese and other artisanal products are made on these guided tours. Meet the cheesemakers, farmers, and producers behind these stellar local foods and beverages. Bring your ice chest as cheese and artisan products are available for purchase on most tours. Lunch is provided. Bus transportation is provided by Pure Luxury Transportation for all tours but Tour B and Tour C (Tour B does not include tranportation, Tour C transportation is provided by North Valley Shuttle.) **All sales are final and event takes place rain or shine.

Seminars and Pairing Demos

Here is a rare opportunity to learn from some of the industry’s most knowledgeable experts – chefs, cheesemakers, authors and more - at a variety of interactive seminars and pairings. Topics range far and wide. **All sales are final and event takes place rain or shine. 

cheese, bites & Booze!

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
$80 per person

Jackson Family Wines Hangar at Sonoma Jet Center
5900 Flightline Drive, Suite A
Santa Rosa, CA

Our final approach Saturday night is Cheese, Bites & Booze! at the Jackson Family Wines Hangar at Sonoma Jet Center. Get your tickets for this nonstop adventure and delicious competition where the Cheesemakers, Chefs and Cheesemongers’ flight plan includes the creation of their “best bite” of California artisan cheesy goodness. Standby, because there’s more… this tasty, light-hearted walk-around tasting will have you in holding pattern as you sample the amazing creations and must choose just one cheesy bite as your favorite. No need to bring a credit card or drink coupon, samples of regional artisan wine, cider, spirits, and beer are on the house! But, you will want to bring a hearty appetite and include Cheese, Bites & Booze! as part of your travel itinerary! Guests 21 and over only. **All sales are final and event takes place rain or shine.


Sunday, March 24th, 2019


BUBBLES & BRUNCH

9:30 am to 11:00 am
Saralee & Richard's Barn, Sonoma County Fairgrounds
1350 Bennett Valley Road
Santa Rosa, CA
$125 per person

The early riser gets an amazing brunch, some light-hearted culinary entertainment and advance entry into the Artisan Cheese Tasting & Marketplace. Enjoy a scrumptious Sunday brunch celebrating cheese in every course while being entertained with a live cooking demonstration by Chefs/Owners Daniel Kedan and Marianna Gardenhire of Michelin Guide awarded Backyard Restaurant in Forestville. You will have the opportunity to experience the enthusiasm and passion this Sonoma County couple brings to food and to their restaurant. Our Emcee, Clark Wolf, will keep you entertained and informed during this fun start to a cheesy day! Tickets include brunch, sparkling wine and coveted early entry into the Artisan Cheese Tasting & Marketplace at 11:00 a.m. before it opens to the public at 12:00 p.m. **All sales are final and event takes place rain or shine. Parking is complimentary.

 

ARTISAN CHEESE TASTING & MARKETPLACE

12 noon to 4 pm
Grace Pavilion, Sonoma County Fairgrounds
1350 Bennett Valley Road
Santa Rosa, CA
$50 per person, $25 for kids 12 and under

In this banquet for the senses, the Artisan Cheese Tasting & Marketplace brings together more than 100 artisan cheese and food producers, winemakers, brewers, cider makers, distillers and chefs who will offer their hand-crafted cheeses, and delectable products that complement cheese. Discover the next wave of interesting cheese products, books and recipes. Taste, sip, and explore! Bring your wallet as there will be an opportunity to purchase your favorite cheeses and artisan products. Every guest brings home a coveted Artisan Cheese Festival insulated cheese tote bag as well as a festive wine glass. Live entertainment included. (Baby strollers are not permitted in the Marketplace.) **All sales are final and event takes place rain or shine. Parking is complimentary.