"Dear Cheese Lovers", say the folks at the 6th Annual California Artisan Cheese Festival, today, Saturday (March 25th 2012), day two of a three-day outdoor and indoor extravaganza, centered here in the Normandy of the North - Southern Sonoma County... Sunday's Martketplace and Brunch are officially sold out.
If you're reading this today (Saturday), you might just sqeeze in to a seminar or two at the Sheraton. And there are a few tickets available for the roaming cheese feast Grand Tasting and Best in Cheese Competition gala this evening, featuring over 20 of the Bay Area's best restaurants featuring artisan cheese-inspired creations.
This year, for the first time, I took a seat in one of the fleet of mini-buses traversing the country roads that weave through Southern Sonoma County and West Marin, for a Friday tour of three very different, artisan cheesemaking operations.
Amongst a convivial group of ER room nurse cheese-lovers, urban homesteaders and hobby cheesemakers from as far afield as Chicago, I happily surrendered my day to the grassy pastures, milking stalls and cheesemaking production facilities of farmsteaders and the country's premier artisan cheese broker.
Full story and lots of photos to follow. Look also for my feature on an enlightening and absolutey delicious Beermaker's Dinner at the tail end of my day amidst grassy knolls.