The Maine Cheese Festival

4th Annual Maine Cheese Festival – Sunday, September 8, 2019 at Manson Park in Pittsfield, Maine, 11 am – 5 pm. More information as it becomes available.


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ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

Join us in our annual celebration of Maine’s strong artisanal cheesemaking community.  Each fall the Maine Cheese Guild sponsors The Maine Cheese Festival, its major fund raising event.

The Festival is a showcase for Maine cheesemakers and cultured dairy product producers, paired with an assortment of  select artisanal food producers.

• Meet Maine cheese makers

• Sample and purchase Maine cheeses

• Sit in on cheese related presentations and demos

• Learn about the Maine Cheese Guild

• Groove to live music and spend a day in fellowship with cheese lovers visiting from all over New England.

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.

LEARN

Milk Quality Workshop with Gary Anderson

Milk Quality Workshop with Gary Anderson – Thursday, October 30th at State of Maine Cheese Company  – 9am to 5pm

Register for workshop here.

We will spend the day reviewing the biosynthesis of milk and udder anatomy. We will go over managed milking guidelines, milk storage, transport and evaluating milk quality. Specifically, we will cover the handling of milk from the animal to the container to maintain high quality. We will go over different milking systems and the tenets of cleaning and sanitizing milk handling equipment highlighting equipment areas for special consideration. We will finish the day reviewing lab reports, what they mean and goals for bacteria, somatic cells and adulterants. This will be a very full day of interactive discussions. Please bring a pot-luck dish to share for lunch Workshop

Sate of Maine Cheese Company, 461 Commercial Street
Rockport, ME 04846

Fee:

$35 for Maine Cheese Guild Members
$60 for non members (includes cheeseEnthusiast membership)
$105  for non-members (includes Principal/cheese producer membership)

Register for workshop here.

LEARN

VERY Well Aged Cheese

Two of the four pillars from the Tomb of Ptahmes in the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden in Leiden, the Netherlands. Photo credit: Alexander Van Loon

Researchers have analysed a “whitish mass” found in a cloth covered jar in the tomb of an ancient Egyptian nobleman named Ptahmes, and they’ve determined that it must have been an ancient cheese! The tomb was sealed in the 13th century BCE, they think the cheese was made from cow, sheep, AND goat milk, and the cheese also shows the presence of the Brucellosis bacterium in one or more of the milked animals.