**Cheese Tasting Sunday June 28th on Olympic Peninsula The Olympic Peninsula is Washington's hot cheesemaking zone! On Sunday June 28th from 3-5pm at Wild Harvest Farm in Chimacum, Slow Food North Olympic Peninsula will sponsor a tasting event with cheesemakers from Mystery Bay Farm, Wild Harvest Farm, Mt. Townsend Creamery and Whiskey Hill Farm. Tickets are available at Port Townsend Food Co-op.
**Cheese by Hand podcasts NW Cheesemakers A few years back, Sasha Davies and Michael Claypool toured the US gathering stories of artisan cheesemakers. For the past several months, they've been posting sound clips from their trip at Cheese by Hand. Recently posted audio from the Northwest producers they visited include Rogue Creamery, Rivers Edge Chévre, Beecher's Handmade Cheese and more...check out the website for great audio and first person insights into the people behind the cheese.
** Vermont Cheesemakers Festival Sunday August 23rd If you're going to be anywhere near the East Coast in August, think about heading to the Vermont Cheesemakers Festival on Sunday, August 23rd. The event is being held at Shelburne Farms and promises to be a fantastic cheese themed extravaganza, with 50 cheesemakers attending as well as winemakers and other food producers. Classes, tasting events and a cheese sampling dinner will also be part of the festivities.
** Freezing Cheese? A reader recently asked in the comments - can you freeze cheese? While I know people do freeze cheese - especially blocks of cheddar - you're really not doing your cheese any favors by keeping it this way. As retailers like to say - better to buy less cheese more often rather than attempting to freeze it. Cheese is a living, albeit highly perishable product that's best enjoyed fresh.