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, San Francisco and Washington DC. Visit the Cowgirl Creamery cheesemaking facility in Pt. Reyes or take a tour of the second creamery in Petaluma.

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 their 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.


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.

Presenting Sponsor

Sheraton Sonoma County

At the gateway to the wine country, Sheraton Sonoma County – Petaluma is close to historic Downtown Petaluma and the area’s premium wineries, spectacular beaches, redwood forests, and a variety of golf courses, museums and art galleries – not to mention the region’s world-class artisan cheese producers. Enjoy our award-winning service while you spread out and relax. Tolay restaurant features unique regional cuisine of Sonoma County, using the freshest wild and farmed local products.

Community Premier Sponsors

Donald & Maureen Green Foundation

Community Industry Sponsors


Community Patron Sponsors

Diplomat Sponsors


Cheesemaker Patron Sponsors

Cheese Booster Sponsors


Community Media Sponsors



Thank you to our 2017 California Artisan Cheese Festival Participants!

2017 Participating Artisan Cheese Producers, Wineries, Brewers and Chefs

The California Artisan Cheese Festival brings together the top experts in the world of artisan cheese. We are proud to feature cheese producers, wineries, brewers, experts and chefs.

List of Participants

Achadinha Cheese Company
ACORN WINERY/Alegria Vineyards
All-American Printing Services
Alley 6 Craft Distillery
American AgCredit
AppleGarden Farm
Atelier Fine Foods
Barber Cellars
Beehive Cheese Company
Bellwether Farms
Black Kite Cellars
Black Pig Meat Co.
Blue Sage
Bohemian Creamery
California Artisan Cheese Guild
California Endive Farms
Carneros Bistro at The Lodge of Sonoma
CC Made
Central Coast Creamery
Chico Honey Co.
Clover Sonoma
Cookie: take a bite!
Copperfield's Books
Cowgirl Creamery
Creminelli Fine Meats, LLC
Crumb Hither
Culture Magazine
Cypress Grove
Dandelion Chocolate
Diane's Sweet Heat
Dick Taylor Chocolate
Distillery No. 209
Donald & Maureen Green Foundation
Drake's Brewing Company
Edible East Bay
Edible Marin & Wine Country
Emporio Rulli
Essentia Water
Estate 1865
Estero Cafe
Exchange Bank
Face Rock Creamery
Farm Chocolate
Farm Fresh To You
Ferndale Farmstead
Firebrand Artisan Breads
Fiscalini Cheese Co.
Friend In Cheeses Jam Co.
Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards
Golden State Pickle Works
Gordian Knot Winery
Grace & I
Grana Wood Fired Foods
Hanna Winery & Vineyards
Haverton Hill Creamery
Heidrun Meadery
Hendley Hard Goods
Hiroko's Ceramics
Hook & Ladder Winery
Hotel Petaluma
Interiors By Lynn
J. Rickards Winery
Jacuzzi Family Vineyards
John Ash & Co.
John Boos/Boos Boards
Joseph Jewell Wines
Keller Estate Winery
Kelley & Young Wines
Kelly's Jelly
Kokomo Winery
Korbel Champagne Cellars
Lagunitas Brewing Company
Laura Chenel's
Lemon Bird Preserves
Lincoln Park Wine Bar
Local Dish
MacPhail Family Wines
Majestic Yosemite Hotel
Marin Agricultural Land Trust
Marin French Cheese Co.
Mi Distinctive Tastes
Mike Hudson Distributing
Moonside Creamery
Napa Cakes Panforte
Neil McIsaac & Son Dairy
Nicasio Valley Cheese Co.
Nick's Cove Restaurant, Oyster Bar and Cottages
Nicolau Farms/Sparrow Lane
North Coast Brewing Co.
Nugget Market
Oakland Packaging & Supply
Oliver's Markets
Orland Farmstead Creamery
Paul Mathew Vineyards
Pedrozo Dairy and Cheese Co.
Pennyroyal Farm
Petaluma FFA
Petaluma Visitors Program
Pierce Ranch Vineyards
Pisenti & Brinker, LLP
Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company
Preferred Sonoma Caterers
Pure Luxury Transportation
R & J Toffees
Real California Milk
Red Branch Cider Company
Redwood Empire Food Bank
Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery
Relish Culinary Adventures
Revolution Bread
Rumiano Cheese Company
Rustic Bakery
Sally Tomatoes
Salt and Spoons
Seared Steak & Seafood
Seaside Metal Oyster Bar
Seismic Brewing Company
Shamrock Artisan Goat Cheese
Sheraton Sonoma County - Petaluma
Siddiqui Rum
Sinful Salt
Sonoma Coast Spirits
Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation & Open Space District
Sonoma County Distilling Co.
Sonoma Land Trust
Sonoma Portworks
Spirit Works Distillery
St. Florian's Brewery
St. George Spirits
State Bird Provisions
Straus Home Ranch
Tamar Distillery
The Gables Wine Country Inn
the girl and the fig
The Olive Press
The Rind
Tomales Farmstead Creamery
Trione Winery
TW Pitchers' Brewing Company
Two Rock Valley Goat Cheese
Valley Fig Growers
Valley Ford Cheese & Creamery
Venus Spirits
Vintage Cheese
Volo Chocolate
Wandering Aengus Ciderworks
Wedge Cheese Shop
Whole Foods Markets
Willapa Hills Cheese
Winters Cheese Company
Wrangletown Cider Company
Zazu Kitchen & Farm