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Artisan cheese, paired with wine and beer, will take the stage at the 7th Annual California's Artisan 
Cheese Festival in Petaluma on March 22-24. You will have an opportunity to meet cheesemakers, celebrity chefs, educators, cheesemongers, authors, farmers and even the four-legged friends that produce the milk so we can have the cheese!
On Friday an inaugural event Meet the Cheesemakers  will grant you an opportunity to sample more than 75 artisan cheeses, wine and beer from 5:00 to  7:00 p.m. $35.
On Saturday, Cheesemaking and Educationally Stimulating Seminars include cheese sampling plus wine or beer pairings from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. with lunch included by Petaluma Market.  $65 for all seminars except cheesemaking seminars ($95).
Grand Cheese Tasting and Best in Cheese Competition. More than 25 cheesemakers and restaurant chefs have been paired up to create a cheesy concoction for you to judge. Come taste artisan cheese in ways you’ve never experienced before, then cast your vote for your favorite. Plus, several wineries and breweries will give you a taste of what they have to offer as well. $75.
On Sunday, Stark Reality Brunch. Let the cheese shine on Sunday morning starting at 9:30 a.m. Chef Mark Stark of Stark Reality Restaurants will prepare a delicious artisan cheese-filled brunch right before your eyes for this sit down VIP experience. VML Wines is providing each guest with some sparking wine. Tickets are $115 and include VIP early entry into the Artisan Cheese Tasting & Marketplace starting at 11:00 a.m.
 Artisan Cheese Tasting & Marketplace. Over 70 artisan cheesemakers, wineries, breweries and more come together for one day with samples galore. Come and taste everything you can imagine, plus chef demos, author book signings, recipe tips, and more. Tickets are $45 and include an insulated cheese bag and festival wine glass. To order tickets go to Images courtesy of California’s Artisan Cheese Festival.   


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