The 6th Annual Vermont Cheesemakers Festival will be held on Sunday, July 20, 2014 at the Coach Barn at Shelburne Farms from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

This year’s event will feature over 200 cheeses from more than 40 cheese makers, as well as dozens of artisan food producers and local Vermont wine, beer and spirit producers. Tasting, pairing and sampling opportunities will be interspersed with cheesemaking and cooking demonstrations, and workshops throughout the day. ~ Vermont Cheesemakers Festival

For a complete list of Artisan Producers showcasing their delicious offerings, visit HERE. At the time of this post, no less than EIGHT award-winning Vermont Wineries will be offering tastings at this event.

Tickets are Available Online and DO sell-out prior to the event. Order Early!

Vermont Cheese Makers Festival Poster

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Spring is for Chèvre

Fresh cheese for a fresh addition to your Spring Meal!

From mid-March through October, fresh chèvre (pronounced: SHEV-ruh) a French term for goat cheese, can easily be found in markets through-out the state of Vermont. This is in large part due to the efforts of Vermont Creamery co-founders Bob Reese and Allison Hooper. These two farmers began as a small farmstead of 80 goats in Brookfield, Vermont to becoming the leaders in sustainable goat dairy operation. Today, cheese and wine enthusiasts can enjoy their carefully crafted cheese and butter products across the nation.

Photo / Vermont Creamery Vermont Creamery co-founders Bob Reese and Allison Hooper Photo / Vermont Creamery

With the temperatures warming and the earth re-awakening after a long cold winter, the mind and body begins to crave fresh meals, light wines, and dining outside under the late-day sun. These longer days are counting us down to the Memorial Day Holiday weekend, which inspires fresh salads and grilled everything! For the cheese lovers, it’s the season for chèvre or other “fresh” cheeses which bring moisture, coolness, and clean crisp flavors to the palette.

Photo / Vermont Creamery Photo / Vermont Creamery

Chèvre, Fresh Mozzarella, and Burrata are all “fresh” cheeses which taste best when produced with fresh goat’s or cow’s milk and minimally prepared. These cheeses will have no rind, are light, clean and bright white in color (unless smoked or prepared with additional compliments such as herbs.) They will pair beautifully with baby greens just clipped from the green house, fresh basil, or simply sliced and drizzled with olive oil. It’s so easy that you’ll want to have it every night!

Photo / Vermont Creamery Crumbled Goat Cheese Classic Chèvre © Béatrice Peltre

Beautiful fresh cheese is best accompanied by an equally lovely bottle of wine. It’s a tradition that cheeses of a certain geographical region pair well with the wines produced in the same respective region. Vermont proudly produces both award winning cheeses and wines, making the task of pairing a delicious fresh cheese with an enjoyable glass of wine quite easy!

A few author favorites for the Spring season include: 

Fresh Chèvre:

Sage Farm Goat – Smoked chèvre (Consider topping your next burger with this fresh option!)

Blue Ledge Farm Goat Cheese – Fresh Chèvre (Herb-crusted is excellent on a basic salad of greens.)

Vermont Creamery – Fresh chèvre (Surprisingly delicious on a flatbread pizza! Video Recipe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqIk-TfJfLE)

Vermont Wines to Pair with Fresh Chèvre:

Lincoln Peak Vineyard’s Black Sparrow

Fresh Tracks Farm’s American White

Shelburne Farm’s Lousie Swenson

Additional Information on the Making of Goat Cheese in Vermont:

The Rowland Agricultural Center at Hildene Farm – Video on Making Cheese: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ME9gmZOJUT0

The Vermont Cheese Council: http://www.vtcheese.com/index.htm

Vermont Goats ©Tim Calabro Vermont Goats
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