This year the festival saw fantastic attendance and participation with food, fun and cheese for all. To celebrate the event, we've put up a gallery featuring the photographic work of Treva Purcell. She and her mustachioed assistant did a great job capturing the excitement and family entertainment that everyone has come to know and love about the Finger Lakes Cheese Festival.


Stay tuned to this page for an upcoming announcement about our big plans for next years festival!


Our many thanks go out to Farm Credit East for their support and participation in the 5th Anniversary Cheese Festival. Recently the Finger Lakes Cheese Alliance was awarded an AgEnhancement grant to help spread the word and educate the public about the role of dairy farms in the Upstate NY region and to highlight some of the challenges faced by these farms. We at the Alliance greatly appreciate your support! Look for our new educational banners to debut at the Cheese Festival.

Tumino Cheese Company makes cows' milk cheese, inspired by those in Northern Italy, right here in the Finger Lake Region! Their cheese is so new to the FLX that they don't have a store yet, nor are they at any farm markets yet, but you can find their cheeses at King Ferry Winery on Cayuga Lake and Fox Run Winery on Seneca Lake. They are also on the menu at Beauvine in Auburn and Agava in Ithaca!

WE ARE NOW THE
​FINGER LAKES CHEESE ALLIANCE!


As of January 1, 2016, we are now the Finger Lakes Cheese Alliance! Still the same great farms, the same great cheese, the same great events. We are just broadening our focus to the cheeses and the many great places and events you can get them -- from our farms to farm markets, wineries to local stores, restaurants to events! We will also be adding information on our website for wholesalers to make it easier to find and carry our cheeses! We look forward to a wonderful and exciting 2016!

BECOME A 6TH ANNUAL FINGER LAKES CHEESE FESTIVAL SPONSOR!


Our 5th Finger Lakes Cheese Festival is Saturday, July 22, 2017 at Sunset View Creamery in Odessa, and we now have our sponsorship opportunities available for this big, landmark year! Join us in supporting this annual favorite event! We have sponsorships available at every level for every budget. Click the kit below to become a sponsor...


2016 FLCF SPONSORSHIP KIT

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.

FEATURED CHEESE RECIPE:

AUTHENTIC BRAZILIAN CHEESE BREAD (PÃO DE QUEIJO)
 
PREP TIME: 10 mins
COOK TIME: 20 mins
TOTAL TIME: 30 mins
 
Author: Olivia's Cuisine
Cuisine: Brazilian
Serves: 30 cheese rolls
INGREDIENTS

4 cups tapioca flour
1¼ cups milk
½ cup water
6 tablespoons oil
1½ cups grated Shtayburne Farms cheddar cheese
1 cup Sunset View Mozzarella cheese
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons salt


See the rest of the recipe HERE


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! Sunset View Creamery re-opens April 2, for Saturdays from 10-5, until Memorial Day Weekend when they will be open 7 days a week through the summer. Shtayburne Farm goes back to their 6 days a week schedule (Mon-Sat) on April 1. 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:

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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PLEASE JOIN US IN WELCOMING OUR NEWEST MEMBERS:

PARULSKI FARMS IN BATH​ & TUMINO CHEESE CO. IN KING FERRY!

Please join us in welcoming two new farms to the Alliance!


Parulski Farms in Bath, NY to the Finger Lakes Cheese Alliance in 2016! They are very new cheesemakers, currently offering 6 varieties of jack, cheese curd and cheddar (when it's done aging -- that's how new they are)! They sell their cheeses at summer and winter farm markets, and have a small farm store. They also sell farm fresh and raised eggs, chickens and turkeys, and produce during the summer! Aside from their farm store you can find them at the Bath VA, Corning and Painted Post winter farmers markets.