California's Artisan Cheese Festival - an absolute treat for the senses
Yesterday, I attended my second event with Culture: The California Artisan Cheese Festival in Petaluma, California, what a fabulous event it was.
My eyes were overwhelmed by the selection of cheeses on display. There were towering cliffs of delicious blue from Point Reyes, brand new Wagon Wheel melting cheese from the Cowgirl Creamery, award-winning cheddars from Fiscalini, plenty of creamy goat cheeses from Laura Chenel and of course so much more.
Amongst the stunning array of fine cheeses, I came across some remarkable new finds. Goat milk fudge, wine infused cookies, olive oil chocolate, peanut butter sandwich cookies, mini lemon meringue pies, exclusive olive oils, bacon bread, an exciting new product called “glop” (made from a selection of oils and cheeses), and I was thrilled about bumping into a familiar item that I fell in love with at Cochon 555 – my beloved toffee bacon lollipop! (I bagged myself three little piggies! Does this make me a big piggie?!)
We also witnessed the churning of butter before our eyes from the girls at the Clover Stornetta Farm stand next to us. They simply shook small pots of cream and a few minutes later the cream had separated into beautiful butter crystals and buttermilk.
As for culture, we had a very successful day chatting with our fellow cheese lovers and selling a fair few magazines and subscriptions while we were at it! We also held our first Cheese Wrapping Competition, which was very fun indeed. (Sit tight for a separate post about this!)
If you were at the event, we do hope that you had as much fun as we did. If not, we hope you that enjoy looking through the photos as if you were there!