Wine and cheese is a classic duo that doesn’t seem to ever go out of style. So, it should come as no surprise that one of the best cheese festivals in the country is held right here in Sonoma wine country! The California Artisan Cheese Festival, held in Petaluma, CA, is an exciting way to learn more about the fantastic fare, local artisans who produce it, and how to best pair it with your next glass of Sonoma wine. This fun cheese festival in Petaluma is a spring event you don’t want to miss. Start planning your visit today!
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What to Expect at the California Artisan Cheese Festival
According to the festival website, the California Artisan Cheese Festival is a “weekend-long celebration brought together by a lively and friendly group of experts and presenters from the wonderful world of artisan cheese. The festival promotes broad awareness of the artisan cheesemaking community and enjoyment of its products.”At the event, you’ll find a variety of activities including:
- Farm, Creamery, and Artisan Tours
- The Ultimate Best Bite Competition
- New Cheesemaker Dinners
- Cheese & Cocktails event
- Bubbles Brunch
- The Artisan Cheese Marketplace and Tasting
Farm, Creamery, and Artisan Tours
While each and every event is unique and fun, the most popular festival activities are the artisan tours. These tours are held at local farms, creameries, and purveyors. They provide guests with an intimate “behind the scenes” glimpse into the work of local producers, cheese makers, and farmers. The tours are educational in nature and include tastings led by industry experts.
The Artisan Cheese Marketplace and Tasting
The Artisan Cheese Marketplace is a central hub of activity that you don’t want to miss. Held “under the big top,” this space features over 90 artisan producers. When you visit, you’ll have the opportunity to sample the best of local cheese, wine, beer, ciders and other specialty foods. And, of course, you’ll also be able to purchase goods to take home with you!
Mark Your Calendar for the 2017 Petaluma Cheese Festival
This year, the California Artisan Cheese Festival in Petaluma, CA, is scheduled for March 24-26, 2017. Mark your calendar now and start making preparations to attend. Tickets to the festival, as well as more information, and a complete schedule of events are currently available online. But, move quickly! The most popular events of the weekend will sell out!
Plan a Wine and Cheese Filled Getaway to Healdsburg, CA!
Complement your visit to the California Artisan Cheese Festival, by staying at the Honor Mansion, a premier wine country destination in historic Healdsburg, CA. Just 30 minutes from Petaluma and the festival, our intimate bed and breakfast offers the best luxury accommodations in Sonoma County.
We have 13 unique rooms and modern cottages spread over a three-acres property. After a day filled with cheese and wine tastings, you can enjoy a variety of onsite activities. We have a lap pool, competition croquet, PGA putting green, tennis, basketball and bocce ball courts. In addition, you’ll love wandering our beautiful property and relaxing in the spectacular spa at our inn.
Now that you know about some of the fascinating things you’ll find at the Honor Mansion, it’s time to start planning your trip. To make your next visit to the Sonoma wine country especially memorable, be sure to browse our specials and packages. Then, book your stay today!
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