The annual Washington County Cheese Tour with wine, beer and cider is back after being canceled last year due to the pandemic.
Always held the first weekend after Labor Day, this year’s outdoor, self-guided tour will take place Saturday, Sept. 11 and Sunday, Sept. 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.
Friends and family can travel the twists and turns of Washington County’s country roads to visit four cheesemakers, a farm winery, a craft farmstead brewery and a farm cidery during the weekend event.
While there is no admission fee for the cheese tour, free product samples may be limited based on turnout; however, a full range of products will be available for purchase at each tour location.
Tour participants include The Argyle Cheese Farmer at its new location in Fort Edward, Consider Bardwell Farm in Pawlet, Vermont, Dancing Ewe Farm in Granville, Moxie Ridge Farm & Creamery in Argyle, R.S. Taylor & Son Brewery in West Hebron and Victory View Vineyard in North Easton.
New to this year’s tour is Slyboro Ciderhouse located in Granville at the site of Hick’s Orchard. Slyboro’s owner, Dan Wilson, is a long-time Washington County leader in agritourism.
“All of us who are part of the cheese tour cannot wait to welcome guests back to our farms,” said Angela Miller, president of the Washington County Cheese Guild that organizes the event and co-owner of Consider Bardwell Farm. “We’re excited to see old friends and new faces and share our passion, all while providing a better understanding of our craft with our customers.”
Founded in 2005, the cheese tour was created by a small group of Washington County cheesemakers to address the challenge of bringing more people to their farms and forging a better understanding between customers and the foods they love, as well as a way to support these seasonal farms. These founding cheesemakers would later create the nonprofit Washington County Cheese Guild whose main focus is to put on the annual, two-day event which has grown to include an estate winery, a farmstead brewery and a cidery. Attendance at any one farm over the two days can range from 1,500 to 2,500 people.
For more information visit thecheesetour.com.