Friday, July 26, 2013

Don't Forget -- Finger Lakes Cheese Festival is Saturday July 27

I love this photo. Perhaps because I can't imagine anyone not loving cheese.

Sure, I understand some people can't eat it due to allergies or digestive issues. Believe me, I feel for these people. But for the rest of us, cheese is one of the true wonders of the world.

What doesn't taste better with a hunk of cheese on it? What's better for a quick snack than a piece of fruit and a piece of cheese?

And, of course, the best cheeses ever are those made locally, by hard-working farmers raising the cows or goats and then taking that milk and making some yummy products.

You can all learn more about the great cheeses made in Central New York by visiting the Finger Lakes Cheese Trail and especially, by going to the Finger Lakes Cheese Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday July 27 at Sunset View Creamery on County Road 14 in Odessa, Schuyler County, just outside Watkins Glen.

This might seem like a hike, but the trip down is beautiful and you'll see some of the most gorgeous parts of New York state. And then, when you get there, you can sample all of the cheeses of the Finger Lakes Cheese Trail, check out the Barnyard Olympics, see goat milking, tour the petting zoo, take farm tours and check out cheese cooking and pairing seminars.

A barbecue, juice, water and local foods will be available for purchase.

Admission is free and parking is $5 per car. Attendees also receive a commemorative gift bag.

Go to to hear a radio interview about the Finger Lakes Cheese Festival that was broadcast about a week ago. You also can go to to see a television interview about the festival.

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