Mark your calendars for
Saturday July 28, 2018.

Our signature event continues to grow, but it's still the height of summer farm fun for families and foodies alike!


Featuring over 70 vendors, live music on TWO stages, and all the great Finger Lakes Cheese you've been dreaming of, all in one place. Plus games, hayrides, farm tours, and food vendors to suit everyone!


And be sure to check us out on Facebook for more information about the festival. We'll be running contests and gveaways but only for our Facebook and Twitter followers, so like and follow us today!


www.facebook.com/FLXCheesefest/


SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Would you like to have your business seen by thousands of loyal cheese fans, visiting tourists and local buyers? If so, then consider helping us to put on a family friendly farm event. Click the link below for sponsorship opportunities


2018 Sponsorship Packet

We are proud to have Stewart's Family Farm of Hornell NY join the Finger Lakes Cheese Alliance, and just in time for the Finger Lakes Cheese Festival!


The Stewart family has run their dairy for over twenty years, operating purely on family labor. Now that the four kids are grown up they are branching out and diversifying to include Maple Syrup production, dairy goats, homespun and knit wool, and a CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture. Their newest expansion is cheese, and they're bringing their Chevre style soft cheeses to the festival. 


https://www.facebook.com/stewartsfamilyfarm

FEATURED CHEESE RECIPE:
Roasted cauliflower broccoli stuffed potatoes with cheesy butternut sauce

yield: makes 6 potatoes

Ingredients:
6 yukon gold or butter potatoes
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
2 cups cauliflower florets
2 cups broccoli florets
4 green onions, thinly sliced

Cheesy butternut sauce
2 cups cubed butternut squash
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
2 garlic cloves, minced
¾ cup whole milk
12 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, freshly grated
1 ½ tablespoons cornstarch

Directions: Cheesy butternut sauce
​Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add the squash cubes. Add 1/4 cup of water, cover the skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, until the squash is fork tender and soft enough to be pureed. Sprinkle it with salt and pepper. Transfer it to a blender or a food processor, add the garlic and blend until totally smooth.

Heat a saucepan over medium heat and add the milk. Cook until the milk is warm and bubbles appear around the edges, then whisk in the pureed squash. Heat again until warm, just a few minutes. Toss the grated cheese with the cornstarch until the cheese shreds are coated. Reduce the heat until the milk to low add in small handfuls of cheese, stirring until completely melted. Repeat with remaining cheese. Have patience! Stir in very small amounts of cheese slowly so it melts evenly and doesn't get gritty and separate. If it does become too thick, whisk in a few teaspoons of milk.


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Remember, we are small, family run working farms and while we may have published hours, sometimes things come up. 


So for the best trip ever, call the farms before visiting. And always to dress comfortably with good walking shoes or sneakers. Heels are a really bad plan on a farm.

VISITING OUR FARMS

Want to head out to the farm? First, check Our Members page for farm hours. They differ from farm to farm! Then use our GOOGLE MAP to get around. Save it right to your Smart Phone for door to door directions.


SPRING HOURS
While many of our farms keep the same hours year round, some of our destination farms reduce their hours or even close for the off season. But as the flowers start popping, the hours start expanding! Check our Hours Page for the most current hours for each farm. And remember, it's not a bad idea to call first, because these are small, family farms and sometimes emergencies do come up.


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WE ACCEPT ASSOCIATE MEMBERS IN THE CHEESE ALLIANCE

Do you love the Cheese Alliance? Does your business use or support the Alliance? Do you just love our cheese? Then, for $100 your business could be an Associate Member of the Finger Lakes Cheese Alliance! 


For your membership, you get mentioned and promoted on our site and Facebook, with a link. And you are a preferred vendor when people ask. In addition, we will carry your literature in our shops and farms.

Email us at flxcheesetrail@gmail.com for an application and more details. 
Or just download the app here and mail it back to us!


​ASSOCIATE MEMBER APPLICATION


Please welcome our newest Associates:


Finger Lakes Cider House

4017 Hickok Rd #1

Interlaken, NY 14847

Villa Bellangelo
150 Poplar Point
Dundee, NY 14837

Standing Stone Vineyards
9934 State Route 414
Hector, NY 14841

Stever Hill Vineyards
3962 Stever Hill Road
Branchport, NY 14418

Curly's Family Restaurant
780 Route 14
Montour Falls, NY 14865

A Stone's Throw Bed & Breakfast
3509 West Avenue
Interlaken, NY 14847

These wonderful supporters are located in the heart of wine and cheese country, 
and perfect places to stay, eat and play while you're visiting here in the Finger Lakes. Please check them out and show them some love!


For a full list of and details on our current Associate Members, just go to our
Associate Members page!


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