The Maine Cheese Festival

2019 Maine Cheese Festival

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. Tickets now on sale at eventbrite.com.


ABOUT THE FESTIVAL – Ticketing now available at Eventbrite.com

DATE: Sunday, September 8, 11 am to 5 pm, rain or shine
LOCATION: Manson Park, 1 Peltoma Avenue, Pittsfield, Maine 04967
TICKETS: General Admission: $20 per person –  Limited early admission: $35 Includes a ticket for the festival with early 10am entrance, and a festival wine glass$35 kids under 12 are free.

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

About this Event

The Maine Cheese Guild is proud to announce The 4th Annual Maine Cheese Festival taking place at Manson Park in Pittsfield, Maine. Join us Sunday, September 8 from 11am to 5pm in this beautiful park along the Sebasticook River.

Over 25 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.

General Admission : $20 Includes a festival bag, a ticket for one complimentary cheese plate, and off-site parking with a shuttle to the event. Children under 12 attend for free.
Limited Early Admission: $35 Includes a ticket for the festival with early 10am entrance, and a festival wine glass.

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.

Food Trucks: Several Maine food trucks will be on site and ready to serve you, so bring your appetite!
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 m

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!

Maine Cheese-Festival-Sponsors-2019

Our Festival sponsors:

Allagash Brewing Co.
Bangor Savings Bank
Are You Ready to Party??
Bangor Wine and Cheese

Our Festival supporting partners:

New England Cheesemaking
Whole Foods Portland
Drink Maine Milk (Maine Dairy Promotion Board)
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.

 

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.