Schedule of Events

 

Friday, March 20

Various Locations

8:30am – 3:30 pm

Farm and Creamery Tours + Lunch
One of the most popular and coveted of events, the intimate Farm Tours are held at various local farms and creameries, giving visitors a glimpse into the important role of the farmer and where cheese gets its start.  Taste the differences between cow, sheep and goat milk cheeses, tour area farms, watch cheese being made and learn about how an animal’s diet affects the flavor.  Lunch and bus ride (provided by Pure Luxury Transportation) to and from the Sheraton are included.
$85 to $135 per person

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Cheesemongers’ Duel — The Best Bite  (Grand Tasting Tent, Sheraton – Sonoma County)
This year, we are giving you the opportunity to warm up your taste buds for the weekend’s events as you meet our rock star cheesemongers in a light hearted competition. More than two dozen cheesemongers will take center stage as they are provided with a block of cheese from one of our artisan cheesemakers and asked to create The Best Bite!  Audience participation is a must! Chef Ryan Scott will join us as a judge and emcee. Artisan wines, beers and cider will also be available for sampling.
$50 per person

Saturday, March 21

Sheraton Sonoma County – Petaluma

9:30am – 11:30 am

 

Seminars, Cooking and Pairing Demos
Join local industry experts, chefs and cheesemakers for a variety of interactive seminars and demos throughout the day at the Sheraton Sonoma County –  Petaluma. Discover new cheeses; learn how to make cheese; as well as experience the synergism of cheeses paired with artisan wines, beers and ciders, and more. Lunch will be provided for all seminar attendees by Petaluma Market. This year’s seminars are brought to you in part by The Cheese School of San Francisco.
$65 to $95 per person

11:00 am – 1:30 pm

Book Sales and Author Signing (Sheraton – Sonoma County Lobby)
Meet the authors and have them sign some of your favorite cheese books – cooking, cheesemaking and more. Books sold on-site by Copperfield’s Books.

12 noon – 1 pm

Lunch

1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Seminars, Cooking and Pairing Demos
Join local industry experts, chefs and cheesemakers for a variety of interactive seminars and demos throughout the day at the Sheraton Sonoma County –  Petaluma. Discover new cheeses; learn how to make cheese; as well as experience the synergism of cheeses paired with artisan wines, beers and ciders, and more. . Lunch will be provided for all seminar attendees by Petaluma Market.This year’s seminars are brought to you in part by The Cheese School of San Francisco.
$65 to $95 per person

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Book Sales and Author Signing (Sheraton – Sonoma County Lobby)
Meet the authors and have them sign some of your favorite cheese books – cooking, cheesemaking and more. Books sold on-site by Copperfield’s Books.

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Chefs vs Chefs — The Best Bite
This popular roaming feast showcases top local Bay Area chefs using artisan cheeses in a variety of dishes from sweet to savory. More than 20 top restaurants, caterers, wineries and breweries will vie for your affection, and your vote, at this lighthearted competition of all things cheese. From soufflés to sandwiches, guests can expect to experience artisan cheese in ways they’ve never had before at this gastronomic showdown.
$75 per person

Sunday, March 22

Sheraton Sonoma County – Petaluma

9:30 am -12:00pm

Cooking Demo and Brunch
Bubbles and Brunch + Surprise Celebrity Guest Chef (Sheraton – Sonoma County)
The early riser gets an amazing brunch, some light hearted entertainment and advance entry into the Artisan Cheese Tasting and Marketplace. Enjoy a Sunday brunch celebrating cheese at every course while being entertained with a live cooking demonstration. Tickets include brunch, sparkling wine and coveted early entry into the Artisan Cheese Tasting & Marketplace at 11:00 am before it opens to the public at 12:00 noon.  $115 per person

 

12:00pm – 4:00 pm

Artisan Cheese Tasting and Marketplace (Grand Tasting Tent, Sheraton – Sonoma County)
Join us under the big top for an afternoon like no other! Meet over 90 artisan producers and experience the best of local cheese, wine, beer, ciders and other specialty foods. Discover the next wave of interesting cheese accompaniments, cheesemaking products and books. Pick up new recipes, tips and tricks at chef demos scheduled throughout the day. Bring your pocketbook as there will be an opportunity to purchase your favorite cheeses and artisan products. Your ticket includes admission, access to chef demos and author book signings, the coveted Artisan Cheese Festival insulated cheese tote bag and a festival wine glass. $45 per person, $20 for kids 12 and under.