Slow Food Cleveland is spreading the love of local cheeses during the international celebration of cheese kicked off this month by the Cheese Festival in Bra, Italy.
Four female cheesemakers from northeast Ohio will headline a Slow Food Cleveland event on Friday, September 27, 6:30-8pm.
at historic BurkleHagen photography studio, 3500 Payne Avenue. There is no fee to attend. Instead, guests are encouraged to bring a monetary donation in support of the Cleveland Food Bank.
Cheesemakers Kandice Marchant of Marchant Manor Cheese, Rebecca Oravets of Old Forge Dairy, and Brenda Hastings of Hastings Dairy will discuss their craft in a Q & A format moderated by sister goat farmer and cheesemaker Abbe Turner of Lucky Penny Farm. Then guests can enjoy beverages and samplings of 10 artisan cheeses, compliments of each featured cheesemaker. While mingling, enjoy the ambiance of the artfully renovated studio (previously a 100-year old milk factory in the heart of Cleveland) and its remarkable view of the city skyline.
Turner and 15 additional Ohio women in dairy are featured in a newly released book co-written by Turner and her daughter, Madeline. The Land of Milk & Money: Lessons Learned & Business Earned From Ohio’s Women in Dairy illuminates a community of strong Ohio women who are eager to help fellow agri-preneurs. By sharing their inside stories and secrets to success, they are cultivating the next generation of thriving family farms, meaningful livelihoods and sustainable enterprises. In support of the Rural Action Sustainable Agriculture Program, this practical toolkit is full of heart, as reflected in its powerful stories. Turner, Marchant, Oravets and Hastings will be on hand for book-signings ($20 cost per book).
Slow Food Cleveland hosts this Celebration of Cheese event according to their vision of a world where all people can access and enjoy food that is good, clean and fair: good for them, good for those who grow it and good for the planet.