County to host 2nd Annual Cache Valley Cheese and Dairy Festival – Cache Valley Daily
CACHE COUNTY – It’s that corny moment again.
“It’s time for the second annual Cache Valley Cheese and Dairy Festival,” according to Julie Hollist Terrill, Cache Valley Visitors Bureau Manager.
This event will take place Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1 at the Cache Valley Event Center.
“It’s free,” boasts Hollist Terrill, “and bigger and better than ever.”
Last year, about 3,000 people attended the event which celebrates Cache Valley’s dairy heritage and the dairy products consumed across the country and even the world, says event organizer Ron Bjorkman.
This year’s festival is indeed bigger, confirms Bjorkman, with more events spread over two days instead of just one.
New activities on the festival schedule include a Master of Mac and Cheese cooking competition; hourly and half-hour story time for children; more interactive demonstrations; and breaking an 80-pound wheel of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese worth $1,600.
“We are excited to celebrate the amazing dairy products made here in Cache Valleysays Björkman. “Behind it all are our dedicated and hardworking dairy farmers, many of whom come from generations who have also worked so hard in this industry.
“They’re the ones we’re really honoring with this festival,” Bjorkman added, explaining that local dairies owners will attend an invitation-only dinner at the event center at 7 p.m. on Friday evening.
The festival will officially open at noon on Friday when visitors can enjoy booths and vendor displays; food truck snacks; live music; children’s stories; and a charcuterie demonstration. These events will continue until 6 p.m.
On Saturday, other free activities will be open to the public from 10 a.m. until early evening.
These include butter churning demonstrations; cheese tasting; the basics of making a charcuterie board; and milks Cookie, the robotic cow.
Visitors will also be able to test their knowledge of tools and equipment from the frontier era; learn how cheese is made; and explore their food’s journey from nature to their dinner table.
Visitors will also have the opportunity to try blowing an alpenhorm, a giant wooden horn used by German and Swiss Shepherds to communicate.
Food trucks and live music will also be available throughout the day.
Bjorkman says the winners of the 2n/a The county’s annual best cheesecake and new Master of Mac and Cheese competition will be announced on Saturday, which will qualify these cooks to receive hundreds of dollars in cash and prizes.
“This year,” he explains,the cheesecake contest has categories for professionals, amateurs and young cooks 18 and under.
“The professionals will each make two cheesecakes and one will be entered into a silent auction to be held during the Dutch Oven dinner which will culminate the festival on Saturday evening.”
Ticket holders for this event will dine while listening to live music starting at 6 p.m.
The menu for this dinner will include Gossner cheese and cracker appetizers; roast beef simmered in the Dutch oven; Chicken in the Dutch oven; the famous potatoes with Brent cheese; steamed vegetables; rolls and butter; and, Dutch Oven peach cobbler with locally made vanilla ice cream.
Dutch Oven dinner tickets must be purchased in advance online at https://www.cachecheesefest.com
The Cache Valley Cheese and Dairy Festival is a cooperative effort of dairy farmers, dairy manufacturers, Utah State University Extension Service, Dairy Farmers of America, County de Cache and the Cache Valley Visitors Bureau.
A full schedule of festival events and contest rules information can be found at https://www.cachecheesefest.com
The Cache Valley Event Center is located at 450 South, 500 West in Logan.