Phew, just as soon as I recovered from ACS, I realized there’s another cheese festival I want to share with you! When M. Cheesemonger and I visited Seattle, Washington, late this spring, we discovered some beautiful artisan cheeses and met some fabulous cheese people! During my chat with the Calf & Kid owner Sheri Lavigne, she told me about the upcoming Washington Artisan Cheesemakers Festival, taking place in downtown Seattle on Saturday, September 27.
Sheri’s been involved with the festival in some form since she moved to Seattle from New York City. When she arrived, the festival covered the Pacific Northwest, included seminars by big name cheese players like Daphne Zepos or affineur Hervé Mons. Things were more complicated back then, though. Bursting-to-the-seams Pike Place Market served as the venue, which was a little crazy for attendees and market goers alike. On top of that, the festival was a full weekend affair, which is a lot of time for cheesemakers to commit to when the milk is piling up at the creamery!
Enter Lisa Miyashita, organizer extraordinaire with plenty of beer festival experience, set out to revamp the festival and streamline the process. She enlisted Sheri’s help to connect with cheesemakers, many of whom knew Sheri already anyway. The result is the Washington Artisan Cheesemakers Festival in its current (but still evolving) form. This year, the festival is taking place on one day—Saturday, September 27, 1-5pm, at the Seattle Design Center. Over 20 Washington state cheesemakers will be there to meet with attendees and answer all their cheese questions. There will be plenty of beer, cider, and wine to wash all that down.
I’m sad I won’t be able to attend the festival this time around, but I invite all of you to! Washington state is home to an ever growing number of cheesemakers, and they’re producing beautiful work!
PS: That pictured cheese is Dinah’s Cheese by Kurtwood Farms, who will be at the festival! One of my new fave cheeses. Yum.