The biggest event in Washington cheese is back in the form of the Washington Artisan Cheesemakers Festival. On September 26, over 20 cheesemakers from all over the state will convene at the Seattle Design Center to showcase nearly 100 different varieties of cheese, such as the Sonnet from Tieton Farm and Creamery, (Fun fact: Tieton created a cheese infused with hops. A very Northwest thing to do, no?) and the Badger Mt. Blue from Laurel’s Crown in Othello. Other farms include Conway Family Farm (Camas) Ferndale Farmstead (Ferndale), and Heyday Farm (Bainbridge Island.)
Wines will be provided by local producers such as Lobo Hills Winery and Purple Star Wines. Those who prefer their beer with cheese can partake of beverages from Diamond Knot Brewing, Sound Brewing and the new Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery in Greenwood.
The Washington Artisan Cheesemakers Festival is a benefit for the Washington State Cheesemakers Association (WASCA), a new nonprofit incorporated just a few short months ago to support Washington cheese, and, by extension Washington farms, through education and collaboration with partners and members.
Be sure to vote for your favorite cheese. Having nearly a hundred cheeses to choose from may be daunting, but you can do it! Sample all of your favorite cheeses, and vote by 3:30pm that day.
The price of admission is $35 for advance tickets, $40 at the door. Admission includes one drink ticket; beer tastes are a ticket apiece, and wine is two tickets. Advance tickets can be purchased at www.washingtonartisancheese.com.