Maine Cheese Festival Tickets Now On Sale

Purchase Tickets HERE. Learn more about the Festival HERE.

he Maine Cheese Guild invites you to discover the best handmade products that Maine has to offer and meet the creators. The Maine Cheese Festival hosts a wide array of Maine cheesemakers, alongside a variety of local, artisanal products all crafted to delight your tastebuds. Ticket sales are limited and are not available at the gate, so be sure to purchase yours in advance!

Returning to Manson Park, in beautiful Pittsfield Maine on Sunday, September 8, 2024


Mozzarella and Ricotta Class at UMO June 11

Mozzarella and Ricotta

Appleton Creamery-Capercaillie Consutling’s  next class is scheduled for Tuesday, June 11, 10-3, at UMO.
This will be a one-day, hands-on workshop to learn the basics of cheesemaking using household equipment/utensils, as we will be making two cheeses: a quick mozzarella and ricotta cheese. Please wear comfortable shoes, clean non-shedding clothes and bring an apron, if possible. Feel free to wear a hat or head bandana and tie back long hair. Hairnets will be available. Bring your lunch and a cooler with gel packs to transport your cheese home. Tea and coffee will be available.

Cost: $85/per person

When: Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Time: 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Location: Commercial Kitchen, Hitchner Hall, UMaine Campus, Orono, Maine 04469 (https://umaine.edu/blog/buildings/hitchner-hall/)
Parking is available behind Hitchner Hall and temporary parking permits are available upon arrival.

Instructor:  Caitlin Hunter, Capercaillie Consulting (former owner of Appleton Creamery)

Co-instructors: Beth Calder, Ph.D., UMaine Extension Food Science Specialist and Rob Dumas, UMaine Food Science Innovation Coordinator and Facility Manager

The maximum number of participants is 10 and the minimum number needed to hold the class is 6. If we do not meet our minimum number of registrants, we may have to cancel or reschedule this workshop due to low registration. The registration deadline is Friday, June 7, 2024.

Questions? Please contact Beth Calder at 207.581.2791 or beth.calder@maine.edu

Register here:



Maine Cheese Guild 2024 Events

The Maine Cheese Guild is making plans for its’ two major 2024 Events. SAVE THESE DATES?!

Maine Cheese Festival – Sunday, September 8, in Pittsfield, Maine Learn more about this festival here. It is the Guild’s premier fundraising event, held each year in September. Guild member cheesemakers and allied food businesses gather for this outdoor rain or shine event, showcasing Maine’s rich cheesemaking tradition. Meet the cheesemakers, buy cheese, learn  about but cheesemaking in Maine.

Open Creamery Day, Sunday, October 13, 2024, statewide.  Maine Cheese Guild members open their farms and creameries to the public each October on the Sunday of Indigenous People’s Day. This is an opportunity to stock up on cheese, meet the cheesemakers and their dairy animals and take in gorgeous fall foliage. Learn more here.