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Maine Cheese Festival is October 16

Number of Maine cheesemakers jumped from 16 to more than 80 in 10 years

The Guild is holding this festival as a Guild fundraiser toward fostering and growing Maine-made cheese. (Breville USA, Flikr/Creative Commons)

UNION, Maine — The Maine Cheese Guild is excited to announce they will be hosting the Maine Cheese Festival on Sunday, October 16th
11am – 5pm
at Savage Oakes Vineyard &Winery

located at 174 Barrett Hill Road, Union ME

They invite folks to join them on October 16th to meet over 20 of Maine’s Artisan cheesemakers and discover, sample, and buy their cheeses. This event will be held at Savage Oakes Winery in Union where the Guild will showcase over 100 varieties of Maine-made cheeses. Savage Oakes Winery is an ideal location to host this festival as their wines pair well with the cheeses. In addition to wine, Savage Oakes will provide locally sourced food and non-alcoholic beverages available for sale. This event features local music from the southern mid-coast based band, Rough Sawn, made up of farmers, carpenters and cheese lovers playing classic country, Western swing, bluegrass and originals from 1 to 3pm. There will also be chef demos, Q and A sessions with cheesemakers and cheese-centric raffles throughout the day. Tickets are $10 can be purchased at the door or on their website www.mainecheeseguild.com. Kids under 12 attend free. The event is rain or shine.

Maine boasts more cheesemakers per capita than any other state, currently with 81 licensed cheesemakers in Maine. The Guild is holding this festival as a Guild fundraiser towards fostering and growing Maine made cheese. This festival will feature the fine craftsmanship and diversity of flavors that Maine cheesemakers have to offer.

It has been over 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 over 80 with dozens more aspiring farmers and cheesemakers in the pipeline.

The Maine Cheese Guild’s Mission is to support and encourage the Maine cheesemaking community. They 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. The Maine Cheese Guild’s mission is made possible through the contributions of their supporting partners program, including Five Islands Farm located in Georgetown, Maine.

Here is the current list of Cheesmakers attending the festival:

  1. Silvery Moon Creamery
  2. Crooked Face Creamery
  3. Copper Tail Farm
  4. Wholesome Holmstead
  5. State of Maine Cheese Co.
  6. Lakin’s Gorges Cheeses
  7. Fuzzy Udder Creamery
  8. Appleton Creamery
  9. From the Country Farm
  10. Maine Water Buffalo Co.
  11. Imagine Dairy Farm
  12. Swallowtail Farm and Creamery
  13. Barred Owl Creamery
  14. Spring Day Creamery
  15. State of Maine Cheese Company
  16. Sunset Acres
  17. Kennebec Cheesery
  18. Fredrikson Farm
  19. North Island Creamery

— Maine Cheese Guild

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