We’re happy to announce the the Guild sponsored 13th Annual Open Creamery Day is on for Sunday, October 11, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at creameries statewide. We’ll be updating here and offer a map and printable pdf as the date draws near. The event is always the Sunday of Indigenous Peoples’ Day and coincides with Maine’s fall foliage peak in much of the state.
“University of Maine Cooperative Extension worked with Allison Lakin, owner of East Forty Farm and Dairy, and Lakin’s Gorges Cheese in Waldoboro, to develop the database of Maine farmers’ creative distribution strategies implemented for the public.”
~University of Maine Extension Service article
Lakin is a long time member of the Maine Cheese Guild, and many Guild cheesemakers are included on the Extension’s new resource for locating locally produced food that is available directly from farms during the Covid-19 epidemic. Farmers’ Markets are also considered essential businesses and many Maine cheesemakers rely on them to market their products. Visit Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets for a comprehensive listing of markets and updates.
We also suggest you check driectly with Maine Cheesemakers on how to purchase their products. See our Maine Cheese Guild Cheesemaker & Supporting Partners map with contact information on our members.
Save this date: Sunday, September 12, 2021 – Maine Cheese Festival & Awards
Details will be available as we prepare for this year’s edition of our annual Guild event.
2020 – 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.
Here’s a look back at our 2019 Festival at Manson Park in Pittsfield, Maine
This 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.
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
These Maine food trucks will be on site and ready to serve you, so bring your appetite:
Stone Fox Farm Ice Cream
The Yum Bus
Maine Food Products
Pemaquid Lobster & Seafood
30 Acre Farm
Mill Cove Crackers
Turtle Rock Farm
Gryffon Ridge Spice Co.
Pete Egan’s Travelling Oyster Bar
Farmhouse Coffee Roasters
Pemaquid Lobster & Seafood
Get Sticky Popsicles
Tempest in a Teapot
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!
Our Festival sponsors:
Our Festival supporting partners:
Five Islands Farm
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.