2018 Washington Artisan Cheesemakers Festival

Saturday, September 15, 1-5pm at Seattle Design Center

The Washington Artisan Cheesemakers Festival showcases a wide array of artisan and farmstead cheeses made in Washington. Meet the cheesemakers and sample some of the finest cheeses made in Washington State.

Washington State is home to nearly 70 cheesemakers. Download the Washington Artisan Cheese Map and explore the thriving Washington cheese industry.

2018 Tickets

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Admission includes all cheese samples and 3 drink tickets. Beer tastes are 1 drink ticket each and wine tastes are 2 drink tickets each.

This event is likely to sell out so advance purchase is strongly recommended
Festival tickets: $40.00

The festival is 21 and over only. Please note no one under the age of 21 will be admitted including babies and toddlers.

Washington Artisan Cheesemakers Festival Tickets 2018

Cheese Seminar: Cheese that puts the "Wash" in Washington (2:00-3:15pm)

Washed rind cheeses are lovingly referred to as "bathing beauties" possessing the aroma of "angels' feet." Intrigued? Then follow your nose to join Bill Stephenson for a guided tasting through some of Washington's best examples of this funky category of cheese. We'll discuss the basic process of washed rind development from cheesemaking to affinage and learn about the bacteria responsible for producing the fecund aromas that draw aficionados like us in while chasing our friends and relatives away.

Presenter Bio: Bill Stephenson
Bill Stephenson is the Director of Cheese Training at DPI Specialty Foods where he's worked since 2006. Bill developed DPI's Cheese Pro training series which was the first to be accorded the title "ACS CCP Authorized Corporate Trainer." Bill earned his M.S. in Food Science from the University of California, Davis in 2003. He received a 'Diploma In Brewing' certification from the Institute of Brewers and Distillers in 2003 and completed Washington State University's cheesemaking short course in 2004. Bill serves as a committee member with the ACS Certification Committee and a board member for the Cheese Importers Association of America.

The seminar will take place on Saturday, September 15, at 2pm at the Seattle Design Center. Seminar presentation will take approximately 60-75 minutes.

$40 per person or $35 when purchased with a festival ticket. Ticket price includes cheese samples.

21+ only.

Washington Artisan Cheesemakers Festival Tickets 2018

Washington State Cheesemakers Association

WASCAWashington Artisan Cheesemakers Festival is a benefit for the Washington State Cheesemakers Association, a non-profit organization whose mission is to support Washington cheesemakers through education, promotion and collaboration.