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2016 Cheesemaking Workshops – Appleton Creamery

Award winning cheesemaker Caitlin Huntemaking cheeser of Appleton Creamery announces the following  workshops at her creamery  in Appleton, Maine for early 2016.

French Fun – February  6 & 7, 2016
Basics of Goat Cheese – April 17,  2016
Home Cheese Making – January 23 & 24, March  5 & 6, April 30 & May 1
Italian Fun – February 21, 2016
Basics of Hard Cheese – January 18, 2016

More information and registration forms may be found at In order to secure a space in these workshops, early registration is advised.

Workshops 2013: Naturally Wrapped And Clabbered Cheeses

This is a Hands-on Two Day Workshop
April 20-21 (Saturday/Sunday), 2013 from 9am to 5pm
State of Maine Cheese Company, Route 1, Rockport, ME

Sullivan’s Pond FarmBonnyclabber Cheese™ founder Rona Myers Sullivan of Sullivan’s Pond Farm, Inc., will offer a workshop covering the basics of her clabbered milk cheeses and their natural wraps and coverings. Rona will go over the conditions, techniques and troubleshooting methods that she finds crucial to the most consistent rustic fermented milk cheese. You’ll learn about culinary-safe leaf wrapping options and how she macerates them. Rona will share the secrets of her beeswaxing technique and appliques, and how you can make your own grapevine ash in a retort.  Bonnyclabber curds take a couple of days to prepare, so they’ll be ready before class for your hands-on shaping, wrapping, ash coating and waxing pleasure!

Space will be limited to this hands-on two day workshop: the first 15 students who send a deposit into our Guild Treasurer will be guaranteed a spot. Additional students may choose to be placed on the waiting list in which case they will need to be prepared to join the class with a few days notice in case of any cancellations.

COST: $150 for Guild members, $175 for non-members (price includes a one year membership to the Guild)

Send your $75 deposit (checks can be made out to the “Maine Cheese Guild”) to guarantee a spot to:

The Maine Cheese Guild
c/o Mark Whitney, Treasurer
Pineland Farms
32 Farm View Drive
New Gloucester, Maine 04260
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Maine Wine Pavilion at the Union Fair

For those of you who could not stay for the visit to Savage Oakes Winery after the meeting on Monday, here is part 2 of the meeting.

The Maine Wine Guild sponsors a Wine Pavilion at the Union Farm, August 21-27. Last year, they sold tickets for $8 for which attendees received samples of several different Maine wines. It was a huge success, and this year, they would like to add in a Maine Cheese Plate. They will purchase the cheese — they are not looking for donations — and Fair Volunteers will assemble the plates. They are looking to us for cheese suggestions as to what cheeses to put on each plate, and a suggested ticket price. With enough cheesemakers participating, it won’t even add up to that much cheese to commit. Last year, they sponsored a winery a day, with a representative of that winery on hand to answer questions. They would like to do that with cheesemakers, to have a cheesemaker or two a day on hand. They would also welcome the Cheese Guild’s display, and would make the suggested wine and cheese pairings.

I think this is a tremendous opportunity to spotlight Maine cheese with a minimum of effort on our part. I would be willing to be the drop-off point for any cheeses (I’m only five miles away from the Fairgrounds).

If you are interested, either let me know, and I will pass along your contact info, or contact Elmer and Holly Savage directly at