2024 California Artisan Cheese Festival Sponsors
Meet 2024 Artisan Cheese Festival's Sponsors: Industry Leaders Sharing Insights on Cheese Craftsmanship, Sustainability, and Pairings. We will continue to welcome new sponsors as we near the festival.
Cheesemaker Ambassador Sponsors
Marin French Cheese Co. is the country’s oldest cheese company. Making handmade artisan cheese at their historic creamery in Petaluma since 1865, they combine traditional French cheesemaking techniques with an innovative spirit to produce award-winning, California original cheeses. They have been internationally recognized for their soft-ripened cheeses and are locally known for their picnic grounds and cheese shop, open to visitors 7 days a week.
Laura Chenel started a new chapter in American goat cheese by introducing French cheese making techniques to Sonoma County in 1979, playing an important role in the farm to table movement. Her legacy continues through crafting award-winning fresh and aged goat cheeses, the commitment to supporting family farms, respecting the animals and environment, all in a certified sustainable creamery in the heart of Northern California’s wine country.
Beehive Cheese - Since 2005, Beehive Cheese has been “making friends with cheese.” 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, meticulously crafted into superior cheese. The Beehive family is delighted to share our passion with you.
Cowgirl Creamery - Makes cheese with heart. In 1997, we started with a dream shared between two college friends and business partners, Sue Conley and Peggy Smith: To celebrate organic practices and spotlight the craftsmanship of local sustainable agriculture in Marin and Sonoma counties. Today, we’re carrying the torch of the food revolution that started in our backyard. Organic. Farm-to-Table. Delicious, award-winning cheese. It’s in our DNA. And it defines our famous creations, including the beloved triple cream Mt Tam.
Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Co. - In 1959 Bob and Dean Giacomini established their successful dairy farm along Highway 1, just north of Point Reyes Station. In 2000, together with their daughters, the family began making cheese on the farm with milk from their own herd of Holsteins. In 2010, the family opened The Fork, a culinary and educational center, offering farm-to-table educational experiences for both consumers and the trade. Three of the Giacomini sisters, Diana, Lynn and Jill now own and run the company that is recognized nationally as an award-winning producer best-in-class, hand-crafted, artisan cheese. With production locations on the farm and in nearby Petaluma, the Point Reyes Farmstead product line contains Original Blue, Bay Blue, Toma and Gouda. The cheeses are available nationally at independent cheese shops and specialty grocers, at The Fork, local-area farmers’ markets and online at www.pointreyescheese.com.
Cypress Grove® is the leading producer of award-winning American goat cheese, including Humboldt Fog®, the Original American Original®. Founded in Northern California in 1983 by goat cheese pioneer Mary Keehn, Cypress Grove’s soft-ripened, fresh, and aged cheeses complete every cheese case.
Bellwether Farms - Founded in Sonoma County by the Callahan family in 1986, Bellwether Farms crafts dairy products using whole, full-fat sheep’s milk and cow’s milk. With a fervent commitment to traditional, artisanal techniques, Bellwether Farms' small-batch cheeses and yogurts are found in grocery stores nationwide and have won dozens of awards.
Cheesemaker Patron Sponsors
Community Industry Sponsors
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