The 4th annual Oregon Cheese Festival is coming March 14th and 15th in Central Point, Oregon at Rogue Creamery. This year's festivities commence with a cheesemaker's dinner on Friday March 14th at the gorgeous old Ashland Springs Hotel. The menu, developed by Chef Damon Jones, incorporates a variety of cheeses from Oregon producers into the night's offerings. Attendees will also enjoy wine pairings with each course. To top it all off, the dinner will be emceed by renowned cheese expert Laura Werlin, author of Laura Werlin's Cheese Essentials, who will walk diners through each course and discuss the wealth of cheeses and wines they'll be enjoying.
On Saturday March 15th Oregon Cheese Guild members will gather at Rogue Creamery for a farmer's market style festival. If you come you'll be able to roam the booths and sample Oregon's finest artisan cheeses, talk to the cheesemakers as well as buy cheese to take home. In addition, you can educate yourself about cheese by attending your choice of several free seminars: Laura Werlin will be offering two separate classes Saturday, as will Master Cheesemaker Marc Druart from the Vermont Institute of American Cheese.
Additional artisans of different persuasions will also be at the event, including Lillie Belle Farms Chocolates, Gary West Meats, Applegate Valley Artisan Breads, Rogue Ales and a number of wineries such as Madrone Mountain Vineyards and Troon Vineyard....so there will be no shortage of bread, wine, beer and other goodies with which you can entertain yourself.
Tickets to Friday's dinner are $70 and can be purchased through Rogue Creamery by calling 541-665-1155 ext. 123. Admission to the Saturday Festival is $5 and for an additional $5 wine tasting fee participants will receive a commemorative wine glass etched with the Oregon Cheese Guild Logo.
Pholia Farm Open House
Make it a full weekend of cheese by stopping by the Pholia Farm Open House on Sunday March 16th in Rogue River, Oregon, just a few miles up the freeway from Central Point. This is a good chance to see where farmstead cheese comes from and how it's made - tour Pholia's off-the grid farm and creamery and meet the cute Nigerian Dwarf goats that give the milk that goes into Pholia's delicious cheeses.