Thursday, March 28, 2013

Cheese Fest!

    Last weekend we had the pleasure of attending the 7th annual Artisan Cheese Festival in Petaluma California. It was everything I had always dreamed of. Endless samples of hundreds of cheeses, beers, wines, crackers, dips, olive oil, ice cream, and bread. For about three hours we made our way through the vendors, sampling everything we could get our hands on. We were like kids in a candy store.
   There were many varieties of cheese represented but an overwhelming amount of sheep's milk cheeses. It could be a rising trend in artisan cheese making or just that there are many sheep farms in the region. Either way, there was no shortage of sheep's milk cheeses available to try. Another thing I noticed was the variety in Bleu Cheeses. I have a deep love of Bleu cheese, so naturally I was drawn to those vendors. The difference in taste was so much more than I had expected. I guess I have never tried different kinds back to back like that before. Some were so mild, like a seven year aged Bleu, where the color permeated the entire cheese, making it almost grey and much more solid in texture, and some were so tangy and salty, like the Big Boy Blue from Willapa Hills (which I ended up buying).
   All in all, everything was delicious, everyone was kind and generous (like the pours from Lagunitas! They really filled your cup). I cannot wait till next year. And don't worry, we'll be doing a review of all the delectable goodies we brought home :)

Our group! Adam ,Shaun, me, my dad (and my mom taking the photo)

Shaun and I taking a break

Delicious pizza break!

Horseradish and cheddar spread by Fiscalini

Potter's Crackers

Big Boy Blue by Willapa Cheese

Cowgirl Creamery's cute set up

Winters Cheeses

Springhill's variety of cheese samples

Valley Ford Cheese's award winning "reserve"

Achadinha's beautifully aged cheese wheels 

The cheeses Adam took home with him.

The cheeses Shaun and I took home.

Our favorite wine of the event! Navarro's Pinot Noir!

Thursday, March 21, 2013


Cheese Dreams    <----- click here!

Sweet and Punny! Sheep's milk cheese for dessert please!
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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Artisan Cheese Festival

   I am so excited for this weekends Artisan Cheese Festival in Petaluma, California. Three days of cheeses, wines and beers. I will be there on Sunday to enjoy the Artisan Cheese Tasting & Marketplace. There will be over 70 artisan cheesemakers, wineries, breweries and more with tons of samples! Plus chef demos, author book signings, recipe tips, and more. Tickets are available here and can purchased based on the day. 
   I will be taking tons of pictures and tons of notes. A review will definitely be coming!

Thursday, March 14, 2013


Cheese Dreams    <----- click here!

Beer soaked Cheddar cheese? Yes please!
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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Pesto Gouda

Cheese Dreams    <----- click here!

Pesto in cheese form! 
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