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California Artisan Cheese Festival

Sometimes working at a cheese magazine means flying cross-country to sunny California to spend the weekend at a cheese festival. It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it. Held in Santa Rosa, Calif., the California Artisan Cheese Festival is split into two parts. On Saturday, participants chose between farm tours or seminars. Seminar topics ranged from cheese science to wine pairings. (The culture team chose the seminars because, well, wine pairings.) This meant tasting cheese with red or white wine at 9 a.m. Thankfully, that’s noon Boston time, which is a perfectly respectable time to enjoy a glass of wine…right? Sunday featured the artisan cheese festival and marketplace, where cheesemakers and other retailers set up tables for sampling. And the only thing better than 9 a.m. wine is an airplane hanger full of free food samples.

California Artisan Cheese Festival

Golden State Pickle Works, our lovely neighbors who kept us supplied with delicious pickled veggies.

California Cheese festivalPip & Eva— handcrafted wooden creations that beautifully showcase your cheese.

California Cheese Festival

Mallory Scyphers (Creative Director) and Madeline Upson (Editorial Assistant) selling subscriptions like hotcakes.

California Cheese FestivalShauna Epstein (Production Assistant), Flavio Decastilhos, and Lassa Skinner (Events Manager) with a new cheeseboard from Pip & Eva.

california festival cheeseKeeping the party going!

california cheese festivalBaci Chocolatier— you need to add their Whiskey-Kissed Caramel Sauce to a creamy chevre. Just saying.

Photography by Steve Knudsen.

Madeline Upson

A longtime lover of cheese and wine nights, Madeline finally got to use her love of cheese as former Editorial Assistant at Culture Magazine.

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