On Columbus Day weekend, taste some award-winning cheese during the Maine Cheese Guild’s annual Open Creamery Day.

Visit many of Maine’s cheese makers in their creameries, meet the animals, and learn the stories behind Maine’s more than 150 artisan cheeses. The creameries will be open on Sunday, Oct. 10, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

In Knox County, visit the goats and sample the award-winning cheese at Appleton Creamery in Appleton. Cheese is handcrafted daily using traditional methods from the milk from our herd of Alpine goats and nearby EllsFarm sheep dairy. Appleton Creamery is located at 780 Gurney Town Road.

Hand crafted natural and organic cheeses – cheddars, Monterey Jack (plain and spiced), Caerphilly, Colby and Derby – are among the cheeses to sample at State of Maine Cheese Co., located at 461 Commercial St. (Route 1) in Rockport.

For maps and a list of other participating cheese makers, visit www.mainecheeseguild.org.