The Oregon Cheese Festival Is Your Opportunity To Taste Exotic Varieties Of Cheese, Local Wines And Gourmet Foods From Rogue Valley Restaurants
The 12th Annual Oregon Cheese Festival is open Saturday, March 19th from 10-5 at Rogue Creamery, 311 N. Front St., (Hwy. 99) in Central Point. Thousands of visitors will sample cow, sheep and goat cheese from Oregon creameries, as well as Oregon wines, beer, cider, and local artisan gourmet foods.
A $15 advance ticket ($20 at the door) for the Saturday festival includes sampling and demonstrations. An additional $10 alcoholic beverage fee (wine, beer, cider, spirits) includes a collectible wine glass etched with the Oregon Cheese Guild logo.
The festival has been growing steadily every year. Last year the festival had 95 different vendors and attracted over 4,000 enthusiasts in one day. For 2016 this event is likely to attract over 105 vendors and over 4000 guests. Culture Magazine, one of the leading periodicals in the cheese industry, called the Oregon Cheese Festival one of the Ten Best Cheese Festivals.
Held under two large tents at Rogue Creamery's Central Point facility, the annual festival will invite guests to shake hands with cheesemakers and other artisans in a farmer's market-style artisan food and wine event. Children's activities are scheduled including games, worksheets and limited giveaways.
Specialty food vendors include ALMA Chocolates, Branson’s Chocolates, Buttercloud Bakery, Coquette Bakery, Gary West Smoked Meat, G.G. Sugarplum Bakeshop, Gone Rogue Fusion Spices, Harry and David, Homemade Confections, Lillie Belle Chocolates, Our Favorite Foods, USA Pears, Sherry’s Pasta, Shibui, Vintner’s Kitchen, Wagon Trail Foods, and Wilderness Poets.
Beverage vendors include 30 Brix, 2Hawk, Agate Ridge, Apple Outlaw, Belle Fiore, Caprice, Clear Creek, Cliff Creek, Devitt, DRY Soda, Hard Times, Hot Lips Soda, Immortal Spirits, Jaxon, Klamath Basin, LaBrasseur, Ledger David, Naked, Planktown, Rogue Ales, Serra Vineyards, Sierra Nevada, Wandering Aengus, Willamette Valley Vineyards.
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