Beth Calder, left, University of Maine Professor and Extension food science specialist, and Rob Dumas, UMaine food science innovation coordinator and facility manager, at a Maine Cheese Festival in Pittsfield. Submitted photo

PITTSFIELD — The Maine Cheese Guild plans to hold its seventh annual Maine Cheese Festival from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10, at Manson Park, 51 Peltoma Ave.

This showcase of the best Maine artisan cheeses encourages attendees to taste and explore the vast array of superb Maine cheeses crafted from cow, goat, water buffalo and sheep milk. This is the largest gathering of cheese makers in the state and a great opportunity to learn about the craft right from the makers, according to a news release from the cheese guild.

Victoria Mastromarino, a distiller who works with Tree Spirit of Maine, at a previous Maine Cheese Festival in Pittsfield. Submitted photo

Attendees can sample and purchase nationally recognized cheeses from 20-plus small, artisanal, Maine cheese makers. An expanded beer and wine garden will contain up to 14 vendors sampling and selling Maine beer, wine and spirits.

Local food trucks will be cooking throughout the day. Additional vendors include foods that pair well with Maine cheese, such as ferments, crackers, breads, jams and chutneys. Craft artisans include goat milk soaps, pottery and charcuterie boards.

Entertainment includes two live music tents featuring local favorites.

The festival is organized in two ticket options, an 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. early bird entry, and a noon to 6 p.m. entry.


Advance tickets are available at

For more information, contact Ron Dyer, Maine Cheese Guild executive director, at or 207-419-9175.



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