Don’t Miss the WA Artisan Cheesemakers Festival!

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The third annual Washington Artisan Cheesemakers Festival returns to the Seattle Design Center on Saturday, September 27. This year’s festival will feature over 80 cheeses and dairy products from 23 Washington cheesemakers including many of the recent American Cheese Society award winners plus a plenty of mouth-watering tasting options to explore.

In addition to a stellar lineup of the local cheesemakers the event will also feature several artisan foods and beverages that are destined to be enjoyed with cheese, making the tasting experience even more delicious, inspiring and adventurous.

Participating producers:

  • Boat Street Pickles—Pickled Figs, French Plums, Pickled Raisins, Pickled Apricots
  • Columbia City Bakery—Bread and Pastries
  • Girl Meets Dirt—Cutting Preserves and Spoon Preserves
  • Hitchcock Deli—Charcuteries, Sauerkraut and Mustard
  • Simple & Crisp—Simple & Crisp Apple, Orange and Pear
  • Tease Chocolates—Truffles, Signature Bars, Toffees, Sugar Island Caramels
  • The Troubadour Baker—Spiced nuts, Semolina Nigella Biscuits and Smoked Paprika Coins
  • Diamond Knot Brewing— IPA, ESB and Blonde Ale
  • Iron Horse Brewery—Irish Death and High Five Hefe
  • Sound Brewery— Dubbel Entendre and Tripel Entendre
  • Diversion Wine Diversion Cabernet Sauvignon, Majestic Red, Merlot and Chardonnay
  • Lobo Hills 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, 2013 Dry Riesling and 2010-11 Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Cider tasting by PCC Natural Markets featuring hard ciders by local producers

TIME

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 1:00-5:00pm

LOCATION

Seattle Design Center

5701 6th Avenue S., Seattle, WA 98108

Free parking available in the parking lot outside the building and an underground parking garage in the adjacent building.

ADMISSION

$35 advance tickets or $40 at the door

Admission includes all cheese samples and 3 drink tickets. Beer tastes are one drink ticket each and wine tastes are 2 drink tickets each.

Advance tickets are available online at www.washingtonartisancheese.com.

Must be 21 years old or older and have a valid ID to be admitted.

CHEESE TASTING

Now with nearly 60 cheesemakers who call it home, Washington State is becoming one of the most prominent cheese-producing states in the country. The Festival celebrates the vibrant local artisan cheese industry by showcasing a variety of cheese made in Washington State. Guests will have the opportunity to meet the cheesemakers and learn about their products, business and philosophy to enhance their tasting experience and appreciation for the art of cheesemaking.

ACCOMPANIMENTS

The Festival will also feature a variety of locally produced artisan foods and beverages including bread, charcuterie, jam, chocolate, and crackers to accompany or pair with the cheese. Try a beautifully aged sheeps milk cheese with a smear of chutney or a luscious blue cheese on a walnut levain with a touch of sweetness then add some spiced nuts and slices of charcuterie to complete the cheese plate.  Or experiment with different beers, wines or hard ciders to find a perfect match for your favorite cheese.

FESTIVAL CHEESE SHOP

Most of the featured cheeses will be available for purchase at the Festival Cheese Shop.

SEMINAR

For those who wish to hone their cheese know-how cheesemonger Sheri LaVigne from The Calf & Kid will guide you through a comprehensive tasting that will explore a diverse selection of cheeses made in the region and learn about the people, animals, and environment that make for the bounty of dairy products. Local beer and wine will be paired with cheeses along with other pairing elements from the area.  Seminar tickets are available at www.washingtonartisancheese.com.

BENEFICIARY

The Festival is a benefit for Cascade Harvest Coalition a Seattle based non-profit dedicated to supporting healthy farms, healthy food and healthy communities. Since 1999, the Coalition has been instrumental in building alliances and facilitating programs that support local growers, food buyers and consumers throughout Washington State to ensure access to locally grown food in all of the places that we live, work, shop, eat and play.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Web site: www.washingtonartisancheese.com

Email: info@washingtonartisancheese.com

Phone (press inquiries): (206) 915-0015

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