Our 2017 Finger Lakes Cheese Festival may be over, but mark your calendars for July 28, 2018. Next years will feature even more family farm fun festivities!

To tide you over, we've put up some of our favorite pictures here:

The 2017 festival page

The recipes from our celebrity chef Brud Holland are also up here:

Recipes from 2017

Finally, check us out on Facebook for more information about the festival as it develops for next year, see you there!



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.


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.



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!


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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Fresh, artisanal cheeses from our family farms to your family's table.

Shtayburne Farm is excited to announce they are bringing back their Fall Family Festival this autumn. This kid-focused event will be hosted by the Hostetler family on October 14, from 10:00am until 4:00pm, right on their family farm. Shtayburne Farm is a working dairy farm on the west side of Seneca Lake just off State Route 14 in Rock Stream, NY.

Local vendors will be selling a cornucopia of fall favorites all day, including Side Hill Acres Goat Farm, who will be on hand with their award-winning goat cheeses, HIP Artisan Jams and Catharine Valley Crackers. Silo Food Truck will be making their famous fried chicken out of their Mac Express station, which will feature a special mac & cheese dish made with Shtayburne cheese. And of course, Shtayburne Farm will be sampling and selling their many varieties of cows' milk cheeses and a several different types of homemade baked goods. 

• Hayrides at 11:00, 1:00 and 3:00 
• Guided Farm Tours at 12:00 and 2:00
• A cooking with cheese demo at 2:30pm 
• Petting Zoo
• Bounce House & Play Area
• Several old-fashioned Kids' Games
• Pumpkin Decorating Contest

Admission to the Festival is free and includes farm tours, petting zoo, play area, big top admission and bounce house. Hayrides are just $1, and games just 25 cents each, where the kids can compete for farm-themed prizes. Admission to the Cooking Seminar is also free, but attendance is limited to the first 50 seated.

Upcoming Events

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.

Roasted cauliflower broccoli stuffed potatoes with cheesy butternut sauce

yield: makes 6 potatoes

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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Then, our new Signature Dishes event is on Saturday, November 11 (Veterans Day Weekend) at Logan Ridge in Hector NY.

This is a NEW event for the Alliance, bringing together world class recipes from the Finger Lakes regions chefs and caterers and the cheeses of the Cheese Alliance to make a tasting extravaganza! The entire event will be at Logan Ridge, so you can taste everything in one place.​

Tickets are only $10 here