Cheese Please! A Review of the 2015 Artisan Cheese Tasting & Marketplace

California's Artisan Cheese Festival

Earlier this month Pure Luxury blogged about the 9th annual California’s Artisan Cheese Festival. Today we’re following up to share the deliciousness that was found during the Artisan Cheese Tasting & Marketplace.

The entire weekend, from March 20 – 22, was filled with education, fun, and outstanding cheese pairings. But the Tasting & Marketplace on Sunday, March 22nd from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m was a cheese lover’s dream. Over 90 artisan producers of local cheese, wine, beer, and other specialty foods were gathered under the big tent at Sheraton Sonoma County – Petaluma. With plenty of opportunities to taste and sip, attendees were able to experience all of the flavors first hand then purchase some of their favorites. The band, The Dixie Giants, winner’s of the North Bay Bohemian’s “North Bay’s Best Jazz Band,” added to the celebratory vibe with their toe-tapping music.

Laura Chenel

The list of participating, exceptional cheese producers included:
– Family owned and operated, Bellwether Farms
– Award winning, Cowgirl Creamery
Cypress Grove Chevre, making outstanding goat cheeses for 32 years
Laura Chenel’s Chevre, handcrafted in Sonoma County
Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery, a family owned and operated company using solar power to sustainably produce their products

Redwood Hill Farms rep

A sampling of this years participating, spectacular breweries and wineries consisted of:
Clif Family Winery, offered tastings of wine and specialty foods
Lagunitas Brewing Company, provided sips of their Hop Stoopid and Little Sumpin Ales
Ravenswood Winery, poured their exceptional Zinfandels
Sonoma Valley Portworks, invited attendees to sample their delicious varieties of ports
VML Winery, shared tastes of their exquisite Russian River Valley wines

Clif Family Winery

Some of the other Marketplace participants were:
– Jake’s Castro Kitchen, producer of artisan jams, jellies, sauces, and chutneys
McEvoy Ranch, offering olive oil, wine & more
– SinfulSalt, 100% natural sea salt flavors naturally created. Selections include sea salts combined with espresso, lemon, rosemary, truffle, habanero, maple, and lime.
TCHO, source their own cacao beans directly from farmers
Three Twins Ice Cream, organic ice cream

Chef Jake Blaine, owner of Jake's Castro Kitchen
Chef Jake Blaine, owner of Jake’s Castro Kitchen

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