Cheeseheads rejoice: The annual Sonoma Valley Cheese Conference is back in town next week, and organizers say “the movers and shakers of the American artisan cheese movement” will be there.
Now in its 11th year, the Cheese Conference is a showcase for the region’s best and brightest in cheesemaking – an artisanal skill dating back thousands of years. Retailers, distributors and food writers will be in attendance as well.
Sheana Davis, Sonoma cheesemaker and owner of the Epicurean Connection, hosts the conference, which kicks off this Saturday with a Winter Artisan Cheese Fair from 1 to 4 p.m. at Cheese Plus in San Francisco.
The conference proper begins this Sunday in Sonoma at the Sonoma Valley Inn where the work of artisan cow, sheep and goat cheese producers – as well as wines, brews, guest chefs and the second annual mac and cheese cook-off – will be presented.
Here is a list of events for the 2014 Sonoma Valley Cheese Conference: