Thursday, August 18, 2011

Cheese Fest: latest and greatest



A band of awesome volunteers and I are working feverishly to pull all the details together to make the first ever Southern Artisan Cheese Festival a rockin', happy tastebud, cheese and food celebratin' good time! Look for a lot more information in the coming days and weeks, but I wanted to go ahead and share an update of the cheesemakers and artisan food producers who are on board so far.

Quite a few more cheesemakers are thinking about it, checking schedules, and otherwise trying to work it out to join us. If you don't see your favorite artisan cheesemaker on the list, send 'em a lovely note encouraging them to sign on.

And let us know about any food producers we may not be aware of. There are so many folks doing great things with food here in the South, but many times they are super local, so we need you're help to make sure we don't miss anyone. (Please keep in mind, we're narrowing the artisan food category to "things that go on a cheese plate" like cured meats, jams and preserves, pickles, breads, crackers, etc.)

Without further adieu...

Cheesemakers:
Looking Glass Creamery (Asheville, NC)
Sequatchie Cove Creamery (Sequatchie, TN)
Blackberry Farm (Walland, TN)
Bonnie Blue Farm (Waynesboro, TN)
Caromont Farm (Virginia)
Stone Hollow Farmstead (Alabama)
Locust Grove Farm (Knoxville, TN)
Afina Handmade Cheese (Virginia)
Noble Springs Dairy (Franklin, TN)
Yellow Branch Cheese (Robinsonville, NC)
Sweet Grass Dairy (Thomasville, GA)
Kenny's Farmhouse Cheese (KY)

(Note: Nature's Harmony regrettably had to cancel due to our schedule change. We've invited them to send up cheese to sample and information about the farm so folks can check them out.)

Specialty food producers:
Bathtub Gin Fruit Spreads (Nashville, TN)
Pine Street Market (Atlanta, GA)
Olive and Sinclair Chocolate (Nashville, TN)
Dozen Bakery (Nashville, TN)
Savannah Bee Co (Savannah, GA)
Olli Salumeria (Manakin Sabot, VA)
Porter Road Butcher (Nashville, TN)
Provence Bread and Cafe (Nashville, TN)
Lusty Monk Mustard (NC)
Phickles Pickles (Athens, GA)
Bang Candy Company (Nashville, TN)
Blackberry Farm (Walland, TN)
Emily G's Jam of Love (Dunwoody, GA)
Perl Catering (Nashville, TN)
Tru Bee Honey (TN)
Twin Forks Farm Artisan Breads (Primm Springs, TN)
Daelia's Biscuits for Cheese (Cincinnati, OH)
Accidental Baker (NC)

Brewers who will be with us:
Yazoo Brewing Company (Nashville, TN)
Jackalope Brewery (Nashville, TN)
and more to come!

There will also be craft beers and select wines to sample with all the cheesy goodness. I'll post a list of those down the road a bit. But, again, please let us know your faves so we don't miss any of them.

Kindly spread the cheese fest gospel to everyone you know who likes food - which is pretty much everyone, right? Right! Here are some handy links for talking about us on the ol' social media outlets:

Facebook: Southern Artisan Cheese Festival
(Remember to tag us by putting an @ symbol in front of the page name if you post about us. That way we're sure to see it and can say, "Thanks for the post!")

Twitter: @SthrnCheeseFest
Cheers and thanks for all the cheese love!
Kathleen

P.S. Here are links to some recent press on the 'Rind and the festival:
Nashville Scene Bites Blog
Garden & Gun Magazine's email newsletter