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 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


Diplomat Sponsors


Cheesemaker Patron Sponsors


Cheese Booster Sponsors


Community Media Sponsors


In Kind or Product Sponsors


2018 Participants


2018 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

A La Heart Catering
Ace Cider
Achadinha Cheese Company
Adobe Road Winery
Alley 6 Craft Distillery
American AgCredit
American Craft Whiskey Distillery Inc
AppleGarden Farm
Baci Chocolatier
Barber Cellars
Bay Laurel Culinary
Bear Republic Brewing Company
Beaujolais Pan Forte
Beck's Bakery
Beehive Cheese Company
Bellwether Farms
Bennett Valley Cellars
Bistro 29
Black Kite Cellars
Black Pig Meat Co.
Bleating Heart Cheese
Blue Sage
Bohemian Creamery
Bryerton's Roasted Almonds
Bucher Winery
California Artisan Cheese Guild
California Endive Farms
Central Coast Creamery
Chef Jodie Rubin
Chef Josef's Seasoning Blends
Chef Stephen Simmons
City of Santa Rosa
Clover Sonoma
Cookie: take a bite!
Copperfield's Books
Costeaux French Bakery
Cowgirl Creamery
Crumb Hither
Culture Magazine
Cypress Grove
Diane's Sweet Heat
Donald & Maureen Green Foundation
Dry Soda Company 
Edible East Bay
Edible Marin & Wine Country
Ellipses PR
Estate 1856
Estero Cafe
Exchange Bank
Farm Chocolate
Farm Fresh To You
Fiscalini Cheese Company
Flamingo Conference Resort & Spa
Food Crafters Alliance
Golden Bear Bitters
Golden Brown Delicious
Golden State Pickle Works
Gordian Knot Winery
Griffo Distillery
Heidrun Meadery
Hiroko's Ceramics
Hotel Petaluma
Humboldt Hot Sauce
Interiors By Lynn
J. Rickards Winery
Jake's Castro Kitchen
Jaxon Keyes Winery & Distillery
Jimtown Store
John Ash & Co.
John Boos/Boos Boards
Joseph Jewell Wines
Kelley & Young Wines
Kelly's Jelly
Korbel Champagne Cellars
Korbel Delicatessen and Market
La Marcha Tapas Bar
Lagunitas Brewing Company
Lala's Jam Bar
Lassen Traditional Cider
Laura Chenel's
Lucero Olive Oil
Maison de Monaco
Marin Agricultural Land Trust
Marin French Cheese Co.
McEvoy Ranch
Merriam Vineyards
Mi Distinctive Tastes
Mike Hudson Distributing
Mission Kitchen and Bar
Monarch Bitters
Moonside Creamery
Moustache Baked Goods
Moylan's Brewing Company
Natureland Farm
Nicasio Valley Cheese Co.
Nick's Cove
Nicolau Farms
No. 209 Gin
North Coast Brewing Co.
Oakland Packaging & Supply
Oh Bees
Oliver's Markets
Orland Farmstead Creamery
Paul Mathew Vineyards
Pedrozo Dairy and Cheese Co.
Pennyroyal Farm
Petaluma FFA
Petaluma Visitors Center
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
Relish Culinary Adventures
Revolution Bread
Rumiano Cheese Company
Russian River Vineyards
Rustic Bakery
Salt & Spoons
Schoch Family Farmstead
Seismic Brewing Company
Shamrock Artisan Goat Cheese
Sheraton Sonoma County - Petaluma
Siddiqui Rum
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Sierra Nevada Cheese Company
Sinful Salt
Sola Bee Farms
Sonoma Coast Spirits
Sonoma County Agricultural and Open Space District
Sonoma County Distilling Company
Sonoma County Tourism
Sonoma Land Trust
Sonoma Portworks
Sparrow Lane
Spirit Works Distillery
Straus Home Ranch
Stuyt Dairy Farmstead Cheese Co.
Tahoe Kitchen Company
TCHO Chocolate
The Baconer
The Gables Wine Country Inn
The Garden Wild
the girl and the fig
Tips Roadside 
Tomales Farmstead Creamery
Tony's Fine Foods
Trione Vineyards & Winery
Two Rock Valley Goat Cheese
Valley Ford Cheese & Creamery
Vintage Cheese
Visit Santa Rosa
Volo Chocolate
Whole Foods Market
Willapa Hills Cheese
Wine Lover's Jelly
Wm. Cofield Cheesemakers
Young & Yonder Spirits
Zazu Kitchen & Farm