Maine cheese festival Oct. 16
Union — The Maine Cheese Guild will be hosting the Maine Cheese Festival Sunday, Oct. 16, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Savage Oakes Vineyard & Winery in Union.
Folks are invited to meet more than 20 of Maine’s artisan cheesemakers and discover, sample and buy their cheeses. More than 100 varieties of Maine-made cheeses will be showcased.
Savage Oakes Winery, 174 Barrett Hill Road,will provide locally sourced food and non-alcoholic beverages available for sale, in addition to wine.
This event will feature local music from the southern Midcoast-based band, Rough Sawn, made up of farmers, carpenters and cheese-lovers playing classic country, Western swing, bluegrass and originals from 1 to 3 p.m.
There will also be chef demonstrations, Q&A sessions with cheesemakers and cheese-centric raffles throughout the day.
Cheesmakers attending the festival are: Silvery Moon Creamery, Crooked Face Creamery, Copper Tail Farm, Wholesome Holmstead, State of Maine Cheese Co., Lakin’s Gorges Cheeses, Fuzzy Udder Creamery, Appleton Creamery, From the Country Farm, Maine Water Buffalo Co., Imagine Dairy Farm, Swallowtail Farm and Creamery, Barred Owl Creamery, Spring Day Creamery, State of Maine Cheese Company, Sunset Acres, Kennebec Cheesery, Fredrikson Farm, and North Island Creamery.
The Guild is holding this festival as a fundraiser toward to support Maine-made cheese.
It has been more than 10 years since the Guild has held a cheese festival and in that time, the number of licensed cheesemakers in the state has blossomed from 16 to more than 80, with dozens more aspiring farmers and cheesemakers in the pipeline.
Tickets are $10 can be purchased at the door or online at mainecheeseguild.com. Kids under 12 attend free. The event will take place rain or shine.