Cheesemaker Ambassador Sponsors 


bellwether farms

Bellwether Farms is family owned and operated, located in Sonoma County, California, about an hour north of San Francisco, and a few miles from the Pacific Ocean. Their cheeses are used by chefs in many of the finest restaurants across the country, and are regularly featured in The New York Times, Martha Stewart, Sunset Magazine, and gourmet food publications everywhere. You see, good taste always travels well.


cowgirl creamery

Cowgirl Creamery was founded in 1997 and they have been producing organic cheese in Point Reyes Station, California, and promoting artisan cheesemakers throughout the U.S. and Europe. They have shops in Pt. Reyes and San Francisco. Visit the Cowgirl Creamery cheesemaking facility in Pt. Reyes.


cypress grove CHEESE

Cypress Grove began in the 1970s when Mary Keehn started acquiring Alpine goats to provide fresh milk for her daughters. Soon the herd provided an abundance of milk and in 1983 Keehn officially launched Cypress Grove Chevre fresh goat cheese. The line of cheeses expanded, including the popular Humboldt Fog. Cypress Grove continues to produce award-winning chevre, aged and soft-ripened goat cheeses of various shapes and sizes.


Point Reyes farmstead cheese company

Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company began over 100 years ago in the mountains of Italy with the Giacomini commitment to producing superior quality, farmstead dairy products. Today the Giacomini family continue the family tradition with an assortment of cheeses, including their flagship Point Reyes Original Blue™. The secret to Original Blue™ lies in the unique combination of Grade A raw milk from a closed herd of Holstein cows that graze on certified organic, green hills overlooking Tomales Bay, coastal fog and salty Pacific breezes.


beehive cheese company

From corporate to artisan: Brothers-in-law Pat Ford and Tim Welsh are passionate about their handmade cheese, founding Beehive Cheese Company in 2005. When you take a bite of Beehive Cheese, it melts like butter in your mouth. That’s because Beehive Cheese is made from the creamiest milk in Utah and lovingly crafted into superior cheese by a family who shares a passion for the artisan way of life.

Community Premier Sponsors

Donald & Maureen Green Foundation

Community Industry Sponsors

Mike Hudson Distributing is a specialty food distributor providing customers with reliable service and quality products at competitive pricing. As a local, family-owned business they understand the challenges facing the independent operator in Northern California, and work to provide the business resources, product offering, and reliable services customers need to be profitable. 


Community Patron Sponsors

From a family-run equipment manufacturer, to a Canadian leader in cheese equipment, the Giguere brothers still have the same values they did in 1996: devotion, honesty, simplicity and respect. Their unique expertise includes engineering, design, construction, installation and automation capabilities. Qualtech now has a permanent California team to serve you and your cheeses better.


Diplomat Sponsors


Cheesemaker Patron Sponsors


Cheese Booster Sponsors


Community Media Sponsors


In Kind or Product Sponsors


2019 Participants

2019 Participating Artisan Cheese Producers, Wineries, Brewers, cider makers, distillers, Chefs, and products

The California Artisan Cheese Festival brings together the top experts in the world of artisan cheese. 

List of Participants

Ace Cider
Achadinha Cheese Company
Alley 6 Craft Distillery
Alpine Springs Water Distribution
American AgCredit
AppleGarden Farm
Ashby Confections
Baci Chocolatier
Backyard Forestville
Barrel Brothers Brewing
Bear Republic Brewing
Beaujolais Panforte
Beehive Cheese Company
Beer Baron Bar & Kitchen
Bellwether Farms
Benovia Winery
Big John’s Market
Bivalve Dairy
Black Kite Cellars
Black Oak Coffee
Black Pig Meat Co.
Bohemian Creamery
Bollywood Bar & Clay Oven
Boochcraft High-Alcohol Kombucha
Bryerton's Roasted Almonds
Building Repair & Management
California Artisan Cheese Guild
California Welcome Center
Central Coast Creamery
Chef Jodie Rubin
Chef Josef's Seasoning Blends
Chico Honey Co.
City of Santa Rosa
Clark Wolf Company
Clover Sonoma
COOKIE… take a bite!
Copperfield’s Books
Costeaux French Bakery
Cowgirl Creamery
Crumb Hither
Cult Crackers
Culture Magazine
Cypress Grove
Dark Heart Chili Sauce
Diane's Sweet Heat
Donald & Maureen Green Foundation
Edible East Bay
Edible Marin & Wine Country
Ellipses PR
Estate 1856
Estero Cafe
Exchange Bank
Farm Chocolate
Farm Fresh To You
Fiscalini Cheese Co.
Flamingo Conference Resort & Spa
Friend In Cheeses Jam Co.
Golden State Cider
Golden State Pickle Works
Gondak Cellars
Goose & Gander
Gordian Knot Winery
Gravenstein Grill
g’s hard ginger beer
Heidrun Meadery
Humboldt Hot Sauce
Jackson Family Wines
Jaxon Keys Winery & Distillery
Jimtown Store
John Ash & Co.
John Boos/Boos Boards
Joseph Jewell Wines
Journeyman Meat Co.
Kelley & Young Wines
Kelly's Jelly
KL Keller
Kokomo Winery
Korbel Champagne Cellars
Korbel Delicatessen and Market
Lagunitas Brewing Company
Laura Chenel's
Little Apple Treats
Lucero Olive Oil
Marin French Cheese Co.
Mercato Pasta & Produce
Merriam Vineyards
Mi Distinctive Tastes
Mike Hudson Distributing
MoJo Bakes! SF
Molsberry Market
Monarch Bitters
Moonside Creamery
Natureland Farm
Nicasio Valley Cheese Co.
Nick’s Cove
Nicolau Farms
Old Possum Brewing Co.
Oliver's Markets
Orland Farmstead Creamery
Pacific Culture
Paul Mathew Vineyards
Peacock Gap Golf Club
Pedrozo Dairy and Cheese Co.
Pennyroyal Farm
Petaluma FFA
Petaluma Market
Petaluma Pie
Petaluma Visitors Center
Pip & Eva
Pisenti & Brinker LLP
Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Co.
Pure Luxury Transportation
R&J Toffees
Rabbit’s Foot Meadery/Red Branch Cider Company
Railroad Stop Bar & Kitchen
Real California Milk
Revive Kombucha
Revolution Bread
Rumiano Cheese Company
Russian River Brewing Company
Rustic Bakery
Ryan Creek Root Cellar
Sally Tomatoes
Seismic Brewing Company
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
Sierra Nevada Cheese Company
Sinful Salt
Sola Bee Farms
Sonoma Brinery
Sonoma Coast Spirits
Sonoma County Tourism
Sonoma Creamery
Sonoma Jet Center
Sonoma Land Trust
Sonoma Portworks
Sonoma Shipping Center
Spire Collection
Spirit Works Distillery
St. Francis Winery & Vineyards
Stringer Cellars
Stuyt Dairy Farmstead Cheese Co.
Tahoe Kitchen Company
Tamar Distillery
TCHO Chocolate
Tea & Trumpets
The Baconer
The Gables Wine Country Inn
The Garden Wild
the girl and the fig
3D Candies
Tipp Rambler
Tips Roadside
Tisza Bistro + Bar
Tomales Farmstead Creamery
Tony’s Fine Foods
Trione Vineyards & Winery
Two Rock Valley Goat Cheese
Valley Ford Cheese & Creamery
Venus Spirits
Visit Santa Rosa
VML Winery
Volo Chocolate
Wm. Cofield Cheesemakers
Young & Yonder Spirits
Zazu Kitchen & Farm
Zoftig Eatery