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Finger Lakes Cheese Trail News: June 2012
For Immediate Release

Media Contact:
flxcheesetrail@gmail.com

Second Annual Finger Lakes Cheese Festival to be held
July 27 at Sunset View Creamery in Odessa.


Bigger and better than last year, the event will have plenty
of activities for kids, adults and families.
 
 
Finger Lakes, NY -- The second annual Finger Lakes Cheese Festival is slated for  Saturday July 27 from 10:00am-5:00pm at Sunset View Creamery in Odessa, NY, which is five miles outside of Watkins Glen. Sunset View is a founding member of the Finger Lakes Cheese Trail which puts on this annual family-focus event, and the Planning Committee is excited to announce many new additions to this year's festival.

"Last year's festival was our first try and it was great, but we wanted to continue to grow it," explains Planning Committee member Sarah VanOrden of Vanillen Dairy. "So we searched out new vendors, new activities and accepted several local businesses and organizations as sponsors. These are businesses and organizations we support, do business with, and belong to. And we are so grateful that they, in turn, have reached out to support our festival so we could grow it this year."

 
This year, the Trail has also formed a new partnership with the Finger Lakes Beer Trail to allow a few of their craft beer members to sample and sell at the event, and to add a Beer & Cheese Pairing Seminar to the schedule of events. The Seminar will be lead by the soon to be reopened Clark's Ale House in Syracuse, which specializes in beer and cheese pairings at their establishment. Attendees will not only learn how to create the perfect pairings, they will also get to sample the pairings. The seminar is at 3:30, free and limited to 50 people.

Attendees will also get to sample the full pairings at the Wine & Cheese Pairing Seminar at 1:30. This seminar will be led by certified sommelier and wine writer Holly Howell and will pair Trail cheeses with wines from wineries that are Associate Members of the Trail. This seminar is also free and limited to 50 people.

Other popular adult activities include the Cooking with Cheese Seminar (free) at 11:30 and Cheesemaking Classes. There will be more Cheesemaking Classes this year, at 11:00am, 12:30pm, 2:00pm and 3:30pm and will be led by top regional cheesemaker Tom Pinello. Class size is limited to 12 per session and costs $30.00 per person, or $50.00 per couple. Pre-registration is required by emailing flxcheesetrail@gmail.com, and can be paid for in advance by credit card or the day of the Festival at the registration desk.

For the kids, there will again be a kids' craft corner, Barnyard Olympics, petting zoo, goat milking and games with the NYS Dairy Princesses.

For the whole family, there will be music all day, which is new this year as well. In addition there will be guided and self-guided farm tours, hayrides, Bossy Bingo hosted by the Seneca County 4H, and even a mechanical bull riding contest.

In addition to all the great activities, there will be plenty to eat, sample and buy. There will be a full Farm Market featuring the creameries of the Finger Lakes Cheese Trail and many local food and farm vendors. There will be two BBQ stations, one by Burke's BBQ and the other by Kirton's Farm Market. Local beverages will include the juices of Red Jacket Orchards, wines from three of the Trail's member wineries and beer from three craft brewers. Water and milk will also be available.

Along with the food and drink, the Trail invited their neighbor artisans and farms to participate in the event, so there will also be farm produce and products, along with locally made products and wares. There will even be a booth offering seated massages!

"There will be something for everyone." explains Carmella Hoffman, owner of Sunset View Creamery and member of the festival's planning committee. "Think of it as a huge summer family bbq and farmers market all wrapped up into one!"

The festival is free, but there is a $5.00 per car parking charge. The first 750 attendees who bring their parking stub to the registration table will receive a commemorative re-useable shopping bag. And attendees are encouraged to bring a cooler to keep their purchases in. A tractor-pulled shuttle will run between the festival and the parking areas all day.

A full schedule of events and vendors is available on the Cheese Festival page on the Trail's website or on the Cheese Festival Tab on the Trail's Facebook page. Updates, changes and new vendors are announced on Facebook as well.

 
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About the Finger Lakes Cheese Festival
The Finger Lakes Cheese Festival is put on annually by the  Finger Lakes Cheese Trail and held at a different member farm each year. The concept was born out of making it easy for people to try all the cheeses of the Trail in one spot instead of having to travel the entire trail to do so. And the Festival simply exploded from there. This year, the Festival has several wonderful, generous sponsors to help make the event bigger and better than before.
 

Cooking Demo Sponsor

Cheesemakings Classes Sponsor

Finger Lakes Cheese Trail News: May 2012

For Immediate Release

Contact:

flxcheesetrail@gmail.com

 

Finger Lakes Cheese Trail Kick Off 2012 Open Houses On Memorial Day Weekend.

Finger Lakes, NY -- The Finger Lakes Cheese Trail is pleased to announce their Open House dates for 2012. The first Open House of the season is Memorial Day Weekend, from 10:00am-5:00pm, Saturday, May 26 and Sunday, May 27. Twelve of the Trail’s 14 members will open up their farms to cheese lovers for the weekend. The remaining two members will be hosting guests offsite.

The Trail hosts four Open Houses throughout the year, two weekend-long Open Houses, and two single-day Open Houses. The weekend Open Houses are May 26 and 27, and Columbus Day Weekend, October 6 and 7. The two single day Open Houses are August 25 and November 17

“It’s a great way to experience the wide variety of artisan cheeses that are available right here in the Finger Lakes, and have a great day of touring and family fun while you’re doing it,” says Carmella Hoffman, owner of Sunset View Creamery in Odessa. The cheeses available on the trail include cheddars, jacks, brie, swiss, goudas, mozzarellas, irish cheese, kefir cheese, blues, fetas and more.

Many of the farms will be offering farm tours, and several will have with extra activities created especially for the Open Houses. At Lively Run Goat Dairy in Interlaken for example, visitors can bottle feed the baby goats. At Side Hill Acres Goat Dairy, people can milk the goats by hand. Sunset View will host local vendors at their farm for the Open Houses.

Creameries that will be hosting the Open Houses on their farms are:
4 Tin Fish Farm
, Port Byron
Engelbert Farms
, Nichols
Finger Lakes Cheese Co
., Mecklenburg
Finger Lakes Dexter Creamery
, King Ferry
Hillcrest Dairy
, Moravia
Jerry Dell Farm & Store
, Freeville
Keeley’s Cheese CompanyKing Ferry
Lively Run Goat Dairy
, Interlaken
Muranda Cheese Co.,
Waterloo
Shtayburne Farm
, Rock Stream
Side Hill Acres Goat Dairy
, Candor
Sunset View Creamery
, Odessa

Kenton’s Cheese Co. will be hosting their Open House at Americana Vineyards Winery in Interlaken for the season. Joseph Gober, owner of Americana, said the winery is thrilled to accommodate Kenton for the Open Houses this year. “We love Kenton’s brie and are creating special wine pairings and packages at the winery to highlight it. We already have a brie omelette on the menu at the [Crystal Lake] Café and I’m sure the chefs are busy creating other dishes around the cheese.”

Snow Farm Creamery will host their Open House at Caroline Farmers Market at the Brooktondale Community Center from 10:00am-2:00pm on Saturdays only.  Says Aaron Snow, “Coming to the Farmers Market will change things up for the visitors. There’s live music and many other terrific local products available to them.”

The question often arises how does one get around the Cheese Trail. Trail representatives suggest, “Don’t try to do the whole trail in one day. Go to the website, look at the map, and plan your route by grouping four or five creameries together. Say for example, you’re coming along the Southern Tier Expressway. Get off at the Nichols exit (for Tioga Downs) and start with Engelbert Farms, which is not even 5 minutes from the exit. Then head over to Side Hill Acres Goat Diary, up to visit Snow Farm Creamery at the Brooktondale Community Center, up to Jerry Dell Farm Store and finish with Hillcrest Dairy. Or if you’re coming into the Finger Lakes from Rochester, head down the west side of Seneca Lake and go to Schtayburne Farm, then down to Odessa right outside of Watkins Glenn and visit Sunset View Creamery, then up the east side of the lake and cut across toward Cayuga Lake to Finger Lakes Farmstead Cheese, over to Lively Run Goat Dairy and from there it’s just a few minutes to Americana to finish up with Kenton’s Cheese Co. You’ll see some beautiful scenery on your tour in addition to the wonderful cheeses of the Trail. And you’ll meet some great people at every stop.”

The Trail hopes to have suggested driving routes up on their site or Facebook page in time for the first Open House. The Trail reiterates the key is planning, and knowing which farms are open when. “Schtayburne, Snow Farm Creamery, and Hillcrest Dairy are never open for Sunday Open Houses. Know that before you go and you won’t be disappointed.”

In addition, the Trail is planning its first day-long “Cheese Festival” later this summer to wrap up Dairy Month at Shtayburne Farm in Rockstream. The Trail members will all be in one location for the Festival, and their will be seminars, activities, farm games, farm tours a barbeque and more in addition to the sampling and selling of their artisanal cheeses. More details will be released as they become available.

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About the Finger Lakes Cheese Trail

The Finger Lakes Cheese Trail is comprised of 14 working, family dairies throughout the Finger Lakes Region of New York State. They offer a variety of artisan cheeses, including cheddars, goudas, chevres, brie and mozzarella. While a few of the farms do not have visitor hours, most do and encourage visits throughout the year. Trail members’ cheeses are available at their farms, local shops and farmers markets, and several wineries and restaurants throughout the Region. Each year, the Trail hosts four Open Houses at their farms, and encourages the public to come visit and tour their farms. They also participate in many community and Regional events throughout the year. People can learn more about the trail at www.flcheesetrail.com or on their Facebook page, Finger Lakes Cheese Trail.

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Finger Lakes Cheese Trail News: March 2012
For Immediate Release

Media Contact:
flxcheesetrail@gmail.com

 

Holly Howell to teach wine and cheese pairing principles at Sheldrake Point Winery.

Two sessions set for March 11, featuring the cheeses of the Finger Lakes Cheese Trail.

Ovid, NY --  March is Cheese Month at Sheldrake Point Winery. Finger Lakes Cheese Trail cheese to be precise. Part of the month-long celebration includes “The Magic of Wine & Cheese Pairing” with certified sommelier and wine writer, Holly Howell. Howell will introduce attendees to an array of artisan cheeses from the Trail, paired with Sheldrake Point wines. She will take attendees through the principles of proper wine and cheese pairings and explain why “what grows together, goes together.” Sessions are 11:00a.m.-1:00p.m or 2:00p.m-4:00p.m. and are open to the general public by calling Sheldrake Point’s Wine Club Manager at 607.532.9401, ext. 106, or emailing events@sheldrakepoint.com. Admission is $30 per person, or for Sheldrake Wine Club Members, $25. Anyone interested in attending should register with their choice of sessions by March 7.

The Wine & Cheese Pairing Class is just one of several events planned at Sheldrake for Cheese Month. Each Saturday in March the Winery, located at 7448 County Road 153 in Ovid along Cayuga Lake, along with their Seneca Lake Tasting Room, located at 5930 State Route 414 in Hector, will host a Finger Lakes Cheese Trail artisan cheese maker, who will sample and sell their cheeses to winery visitors. Cheese Maker Saturdays run March 3 through March 31, and are free to visitors. 

Cheese Month culminates with Sheldrake Point Winery’s participation in the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail’s “Say Cheese & More!” which takes place the entire weekend of March 24 and 25. This is the second year of this popular event, which pairs the Cheese Trail’s artisan cheeses makers with the 16 wineries of the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail. The cheese makers will be sampling and selling their cheeses at their host winery, as well as dishing out samples of recipes they’ve created to showcase their cheeses. Attendees will also receive a commemorative wine glass and tote at their starting wineries, and can participate in the photo contest for prizes. This event is put on by the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail and costs $20 in advance, $25 at the door (if any tickets are left). Tickets may be purchased by calling the Wine Trail’s office at 800.684.5217 or online at www.cayugawinetrail.com.

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About the Finger Lakes Cheese Trail

The Finger Lakes Cheese Trail is comprised of 15 working, family dairies throughout the Finger Lakes Region of New York State. They offer a variety of artisan cheeses, including cheddars, goudas, chevres, brie and mozzarella. While a few of the farms do not have visitor hours, most do and encourage visits throughout the year. Trail members’ cheeses are available at their farms, local shops and farmers markets, and several wineries and restaurants throughout the Region. Each year, the Trail hosts four Open Houses at their farms, and encourages the public to come visit and tour their farms. They also participate in many community and Regional events throughout the year. People can learn more about the trail at www.flcheesetrail.com or on their Facebook page, Finger Lakes Cheese Trail.

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