The Maine Cheese Festival 2020 Canceled

The Board of the Maine Cheese Guild came to the difficult decision to cancel our Annual Maine Cheese Festival for 2020 at Savage Oakes Winery in Union. The safety and well being of our community and customers is our highest priority. Read a letter from the Guild Board of Directors here regarding this cancellation.

Eat Maine Cheese




Here’s a look back at our 2019 Festival at Manson Park in Pittsfield, Maine

2019 Maine Cheese FestivalThis was our 4th Annual Maine Cheese Festival – Sunday, September 8, 2019 along the Sebasticook River at Manson Park in Pittsfield, Maine, 11 am – 5 pm rain or shine.

VENDORS LIST: here.

Maine’s biggest gathering and celebration of cheese. Taste and learn about Maine cheese, plus artisan and fermented foods and beverages.

About this Event

Maine Cheese Guild cheesemakers plus Maine brewers, wineries and cideries, Maine food trucks and Maine artisan foods and beverages to explore and sample. The festival is a major fundraising effort for the Maine Cheese Guild, a non-profit trade organization that works year-round to educate Maine cheesemakers and elevate the quality of Maine cheese and dairy.

Beer Garden tickets: $15 for 12 tastings available at the Festival. Bring your ID if you want to enter the Maine Beer Garden at the Festival. This year, our Beer Garden is generously sponsored by Allagash Brewing Co.

Allagash, along with a dozen other Maine breweries, wineries, and cideries, will be pouring samples throughout the day and many will be paired with a bite of cheese from our Maine Cheese Guild cheesemakers! You will need a valid photo I.D. to enter the Beer Garden as the drinking age in Maine is 21. Tasting tickets will be available for purchase on site.

Cheese Fairies at Maine Cheese Festival

Music: We’ll have live music throughout the day including Married with Chitlins and Rough Sawn! Plus we’ll have demos on cheesemaking, cheese pairing, fermentation and home-brewing in our Workshops Tent.

New this year: You want more cheese, you got it! Everyone who attends the Maine Cheese Festival will receive a ticket at the entrance gate for a complimentary cheese plate! Our Sponsor, Bangor Wine and Cheese is jumping in to help us run the Cheese Bar where you can redeem your ticket for your cheese plate and mingle with some cheese fairies!

Of course we couldn’t do this without you, our dedicated cheese lovers and our amazing sponsors:
Thank you so much to: Bangor Savings Bank, Are you Ready to Party??, Allagash Brewing Company and Bangor Wine and Cheese!

2019 Festival Vendors

Cheesemakers

Abraham’s Creamery
Appleton Creamery
Balfour Farm
Copper Tail Farm
Crooked Face Creamery
Dreamin’ Fahm
Fuzzy Udder Creamery
Garden Side Dairy
Hahn’s End Creamery
Kennebec Cheesery
Maine Water Buffalo Farm
Pineland Farms Dairy
Pumpkin Vine Family Farm
Silvery Moon Creamery
Spring Day Creamery
Springdale Farm
Stone Fox Creamery
Sunset Acres
Swallowtail Farm and Creamery
York Hill Farm
 

Beer/Wine/Spirits

Allagash Brewing Co.
Bigelow Brewing Co.
Mason’s Brewing Co.
Oak Pond Brewery
Odd Alewives Farm Brewery
Rocky Ground Cider
Savage Oakes Winery
Tree Spirits Winery & Distillery
Turning Page Farm Brewery

Food Trucks

These Maine food trucks will be on site and ready to serve you, so bring your appetite:

Melt
Kings’ Concessions
The Ravioli-Mobile
Stone Fox Farm Ice Cream
The Yum Bus

 Maine Food Products

Fat Back
Hootenanny Bread
Pemaquid Lobster & Seafood
30 Acre Farm
Mill Cove Crackers
Turtle Rock Farm
Brazen Baking
Gryffon Ridge Spice Co.
Pete Egan’s Travelling Oyster Bar
Farmhouse Coffee Roasters
Pemaquid Lobster & Seafood
Get Sticky Popsicles
Tempest in a Teapot

Demos

1. Cottage Cheese and Bondon Making with University of Maine Cooperative Extension. (We’ll be giving away some goods from New England Cheesemaking Supply Co!)

2. Ask a Cheesemaker Panel Discussion & Q and A.

3. Building a Better Cheese Plate with Libby from the Cheese Iron

4. Taste the Milk, Taste the Cheese! A variety of milks and a variety of cheeses to try!

 

SPONSORS-2019 Maine Cheese Festival

Our Festival sponsors:

Allagash Brewing Co.
Bangor Savings Bank
Are You Ready to Party??
Bangor Wine and Cheese
New England Cheesemaking
The Advertising Specialsts of Maine
Culture

Our Festival supporting partners:

Dairy Connection
Five Islands Farm
Fryeburg Fair
Rayr, the Wine Shop
Rising Tide Co-op
The Cheese Iron
The Maine Dairy Promotion Board
Tree Spirits Winery and Distillery
Whole Foods Portland
The Town of Pittsfield

Your attendance at the Festival helps support the work of the of the Maine Cheese Guild’s mission—to support and encourage the Maine cheesemaking community. We will do this through development of a collective voice to promote Maine cheese and cheesemakers, educate cheese makers and consumers, coordinate resources and share the joy and art of regional cheeses.

 

Workshop

Farming for Wholesale Workshop

Maine Farmland Trust Announces Farming for Wholesale 101 Workshops in Early 2020

This track is for experienced farmers who currently sell wholesale and want to expand, and farmers who want to start selling to wholesale markets.

Drawing on a panel of business experts from around the state, as well as other growers, we’ll uncover the story your financial records are telling you, and develop your ability to talk with potential wholesale buyers about your products.  See mainefarmlandtrust.org for more information about all the workshops.

Below is the module geared specifically for dairy producers and farmers.

CREAMERY COHORT

This track is for experienced value-added dairy producers and farmers who currently sell wholesale and want to expand, and who want to start selling to wholesale markets.

Drawing on a panel of business experts from around the state, as well as other producers, we’ll uncover the story your financial records are telling you, and develop your ability to talk with potential wholesale buyers about your products.

During the program, you will:

Participate in 3 day-long workshops with a cohort focused on value-added dairy production
Work with a service provider for up to 20 hours of business planning assistance, tailored to fit your goals
Receive a $1,000 seed grant when you complete the program

CREAMERY COHORT

UMaine School of Business, Orono

9AM-4PM

Sunday + Monday, January 26-27th & Sunday, February 2nd

(Snow date: February 9th)

Cost: $500 registration fee. Upon completion of the workshops and your successful participation in technical assistance, you will be awarded a $1,000 seed grant. There is a net gain of $500 to your farm!

Scholarships are available, as well as payment plans. Reimbursements for travel and other expenses related to attending workshops are available. Please reach out to us – we do not want upfront cost to keep you from joining us! catherine@mainefarmlandtrust.org

Register by December 23, 2019!

Maine Cheese Guild

Seeking MCG Events Coordinator

Maine Cheese Guild Events Coordinator: 2020

The Events Coordinator is a part time, year round, independent contractor position with the Maine Cheese Guild. The purpose of this position is to coordinate and organize Maine Cheese Guild events and promote these events to the general public.  Events include the Agriculture Trade Show (January 14, 15,  and 16), the annual Maine Cheese Festival (September 13 at Location TBD), Maine Cheese Guild booth at MOFGA’s Common Ground Fair (September 25 – 27), and the Guild’s statewide Open Creamery Day (October 11).

Responsibilities

The Maine Cheese Festival is a key annual fundraiser for the Maine Cheese Guild. The Guild expects roughly 2,000 people to attend each year and the job of the coordinator is to ensure that the event goes smoothly and both the guests and vendors go home happy. The festival is a large production with approximately 50 vendors including beer, wine and spirits plus food trucks in addition to the cheese makers and other artisan food vendors in attendance. In order to be successful, the festival relies on 50 to 80 volunteers and the involvement of the town and/or property owner for the setting of the festival. Excellent communication and organizing skills are a must. Familiarity with Maine cheese makers and food producers is key. The coordinator will also need to be skilled with software including Eventbrite, Square, Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop, and savvy with various social media platforms.

This position will regularly meet with or report to the President and/or Vice President of the Guild and submit in-person progress reports for the general Guild membership at select regularly scheduled Guild meetings. The contractor will work with volunteer committees as well as the Website Coordinator.

Tasks:

• Communication and public relations/media outreach for events,  including writing press releases and coordinate media and Public Relations to all MCG events via print, radio, tv, magazines and other news outlets

• Attend and manage events on site on event days
• Coordinate site management aspects such as ticketing and entrance flow, electrical needs, tent space allocation, Wi-Fi or ATM usage, alcohol permitting, town ordinances, parking details and all communication with participants
• Procurement of sponsorship agreements and partnerships including fundraising
• Coordinate and schedule volunteers and paid staff as needed
• Record and track income and expenses of events
• Management of Guild materials for events
• Build on the foundation of processes, documents and record-keeping established by past coordinators•Coordinate social media outreach for the events and communicate with Website Coordinator to keep the Maine Cheese Guild website updated and coordinate promotional material and announcements.

Compensation:

The independent contractor should anticipate an average of 5 – 7 hours of work per week at the beginning of the year and closer to 20+ hours of work for the weeks leading up to the events, with the Festival being the busiest event with the most amount of work. In the two weeks before the festival, full time hours will be necessary to complete the festival. This contract is open for bids and proposals should be submitted with a budget detailing a proposed breakdown of time and costs for the tasks listed above.

The independent contractor will be compensated on a monthly basis through invoicing to the Guild President along with a summary of work performed which will be submitted to the Treasurer for payment.

As an independent contractor, it is expected that the Coordinator will work primarily from their personal office, using their personal computer and personal phone to accomplish tasks. The Guild will reimburse the cost of supplies necessary for the job.

The term of the contract is for one calendar year.  The contract may be up for renewal annually, based on evaluation by the Board and availability of funds.

Required Skills:

• Communication and PR/Media experience
• Prior event planning experience
• Organizational and record-keeping skills
• Time-management
• Excellent interpersonal skills
• Design skills preferred
• Familiarity with the Maine Cheese Guild
• Fundraising

Contract proposals should be submitted in writing to Jessie Dowling, the President of the Maine Cheese Guild (address below) by November 30th, 2019.

The final decision for the award of the contract will be made within 30 days of the submission deadline by the Board of the Maine Cheese Guild.  Three professional references must be included at the time of contract proposal submission.

Maine Cheese Guild
℅ Jessie Dowling, President
35 Townhouse Rd.
Whitefield, ME 04353

Or via Email:
info@mainecheeseguild.org

Questions? Call: Jessie Dowling:
(207) 465-5255

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