Welcome to the California Artisan Cheese Guild!
CELEBRATING THE QUALITY AND DIVERSITY OF ARTISAN CHEESE PRODUCED IN CALIFORNIA
THROUGH PARTNERSHIPS, OUTREACH AND EDUCATION
ARTISAN CHEESE EVENTS
CHEESE lovers! Join us for the Fifth Annual SF Cheese Fest! Mingle with 20+ Guild-member cheesemakers from across the state, sampling dozens of new and classic California cheeses. Joining us will be pioneering producers like Bellwether Farms, Cowgirl Creamery, Cypress Grove Cheese, Di Stefano Cheese, Point Reyes Farmstead, and some of California’s newest producers like Bivalve Dairy, Daily Driver, Folly Cheese Co., Wm Cofield Cheesemakers, and Moonside Creamery, among others. The Cheese School of San Franciso, Gus’s Community Market, and Mission Cheese will offer inspired bites, alongside samples of cured meats, pickles, jams, and chocolate, all from local makers. Wet your whistle with libations from the Bay Area’s finest brewers, winemakers, and cidermakers. While you sip and sample, you’ll enjoy live music by the renowned SF-based gypsy jazz banch Gaucho. All attendees will receive a free 1-year subscription to Culture Magazine. Entry includes all bites and beverages.
All ticket proceeds from this fun and flavoriful evening benefit the California Artisan Cheese Guild, a statewide nonprofit dedicated to the education and support of artisan cheese making. Tickets are non refundable.
Photo by Ellen Cronin.
We’ve got a great line-up of Sunday Seminars as part of this year’s SF Cheese Fest celebration, in collaboration with our friends at The Cheese School of San Francisco. Whether it’s Hands-On Cheesemaking, paring Cheese & SF Chocolate, or creating a Happier Hour, we’ve got you covered. Details: https://www.sfcheesefest.com/tickets
The California Artisan Cheese Guild is thrilled to announce that the National Dairy Food Safety Coalition will offer a two day Artisan Dairy Food Safety Plan Coaching Workshop in San Rafael, CA, on October 17 and 18, 2019.
These workshops are intended for artisan cheese and dairy food producers who are preparing to create, or are already developing, a Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) compliant, preventive control (PC)-based, food safety plan for their facility. The goal of these workshops is to provide Food Safety Plan review and coaching sessions that guide attendees through each step in development process. Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) lead trainers will be present to review key food safety plan topics and after each section participants will split into groups and develop those sections of their food safety plan with coaching from the trainers. Templates (digital and paper) will be provided to facilitate plan development; attendees are encouraged to bring their current or in-progress plans.
1. The workshops is limited to the first 20 registrants. Additional registrants will be added to a wait list and additional workshops scheduled as needed to meet demand.
2. There are NO prerequisites. PCQI certification is recommended but not required prior to enrollment.
3. If started, attendees should bring a plan to develop. Multiple products may be grouped under a single plan; please work with the course coach (email@example.com) if you need assistance determining if products should be grouped or split.
4. Attendees who wish to work on digital versions of their plans are encouraged to bring their own laptops.
Who Should Attend: Artisan cheese and dairy food producers just starting off, those taking the next step in their Food Safety Plan Development, and those looking for a review of their current plans.
Note: These workshops are NOT intended to provide PCQI certification. Attendees are encouraged to enroll and complete the Food Safety for Artisan/Farmstead Cheesemakers prior to taking this workshop. The link, along with a code, to this online training will be provided upon registration.
These workshops are made possible through the support of a USDA grant, obtained in collaboration with North Carolina State University, University of Connecticut, and the Innovation Center for US Dairy.
Sometimes it’s good just to be seduced by the particular cheeses spread out in front of you on a cheese counter.
CALIFORNIA ARTISAN CHEESE GUILD
Our Mission is celebrating the quality and diversity of artisan cheese produced in California through partnerships, outreach and education.