Sunday, July 17, 2011

Cheese and a Taste of the Finger Lakes Wine Festival

I wanted to make a little addition to my post of yesterday, talking about what seemed to be a lack of NYS cheese at a festival that was promoting NY products (especially wine).

So if you are expecting a Civil War Sunday post:  there will be one, but it may not be until later today (depending on how much more heat I can stand.)

There was one local cheese producer at the Finger Lakes Wine Festival (including Yancey's Fancy, and I believe I also saw Helluva Good represented there) and I would be remiss if I didn't mention them. (Again, the disclaimer that I do not get paid for promoting any products on this blog.

This cheese producer is Side Hill Acres Dairy Goat Farm and Cheese, and I highly recommend their products.  I've had many of them, including their flavored goat cheese logs.  I'm not a big drinker of goats milk, but they sell that on the farm.  At one time they used to have goats milk ice cream (which, needless to say, you had to eat there.)  I've taken their tour, and go up there every October for an annual event they hold on the Saturday of the Columbus Day weekend.

At the Festival, they were sampling goats milk cheddar (dry, but tasty) and various of their goat cheese logs.

But, that was the only "smallish" cheese producer I saw there.  If there were others and I missed you, I apologize.  There were three large tents with vendors and with thousands and thousands of people jammed in there (I am not exaggerating) on a nearly 90 degree, bright sunshiny day, I couldn't visit everyone and keep my sanity.

Some people would suggest I lost my sanity a long time ago, but we won't go there.

I will write more on this festival perhaps next Saturday, (on the food aspects) because...well, there was a lot more to the festival than just sampling wine. (and I promise, I will get around to the wine part after the Ultimate Blog Challenge is over.)

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