One of the tastiest events takes place March 26-29 in Petaluma, California, just south of me, and is totally about immersing yourself in one of my favorite foods:  CHEESE!

This is the 4th iteration of this very popular festival and definitely worth attending.  Complete details are at Among the highlights for me are an amazing Barn Party on Friday, March 26th and a really fun stroll around dinner on Saturday, March 27th.  Eight great chefs are participating including:

Christian Caiazzo of Osteria Stellina in Point Reyes
T. Chris Jones of the girl and the fig in Sonoma
Lars Kronmark of The Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena
Jason Denton of Jackson’s Bar and Oven in Santa Rosa
Mark Stark of Willi’s, Monti’s and Stark’s Steakhouse all in Santa Rosa
Duskie Estes and John Stewart of Zazu, Bovolo and Black Pig Meat Company in Santa Rosa and Healdsburg
Percy Whatley of the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite
Jesse Llapitan of the Palace Hotel San Francisco

If that weren’t enough there is a Sweets Lounge following the dinner event with amazing sparkling and dessert wines and of course, great desserts to keep you dancing all night.  This for the amazing price of $85!

Sunday features a market place featuring cheese makers and their cheeses from the entire West Coast.  Some really great seminars are also being offered including one of my favorites, Pairing Cheese with Beer.

Hope I’ll see you there!

John Ash