Taste, tour, and learn about cheesemaking and pairings at the upcoming California Artisan Cheese Festival. Photo: Kelly J. Owen.

If so, start planning now for California’s premier cheese event, the California Artisan Cheese Festival. Seminar presenters have just been announced and include Planet Cheese author Janet Fletcher; cheese expert Juliana Uruburu; American Cheese Society Certified Cheese Professionals Vanessa Chang and Rachel Perez; Cheese Twins and Food Network celebrities Charlie and Michael Kalish; and co-founder of Culture Magazine Lassa Skinner. Seminar topics include pairings with cocktails, ciders, and beer; the science of cheesemaking; and a look at how old- and new-school cheesemakers shape the state’s cheese industry. The two-day festival also offers tastings, pairings, farm and producer tours, and a culinary competition, all taking place at various spots in Sonoma and Marin Counties. Cost $25–$150. Tours sell out well in advance, so now is a good time to plan. Info and tickets: here
 
California Artisan Cheese Festival 
Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24
Various venues in Sonoma and Marin Counties