Sonoma Valley Cheese Conference

Sonoma Valley Cheese Conference

Sonoma Valley Cheese Conference 2015 dates:

February 21-25, 2015

Cheese Plus Winter Cheese Fair, San Francisco
Saturday February 21, 2015

Cheesemaker Dinner at The Epicurean Connection
Guest Cheesemakers TBA
Saturday February 21, 2015

Winter Artisan Cheese Fair – Tickets online.
Sunday February 22, 2015
Ramekins Culinary Center

Mac & Cheese Cook Off, Cheese, Beer, Wine and Cider Tastings
Guest Chefs & Live Local Music
$50.00 + Eventbrite taxes. Tickets available online.

Zingtrain 2015
February 25 & Feb 26th BOTH SESSIONS SOLD OUT


A new wave of artisan and urban cheesemakers will take the spotlight at the 12th Annual Sonoma Valley Cheese Conference (SVCC) – a yearly gathering of American artisan cheesemakers, retailers, distributors and food writers, on Feb. 21 – 26 in Sonoma, Calif.

Hosted by Sheana Davis of The Epicurean Connection, the SVCC is a premier destination for cheese industry opinion leaders from across the nation. This year, the event will highlight a core group of new cheesemakers representing the next generation. Dr. Moshe Rosenberg from U.C. Davis is addressing the local trend in his session, Local is More than a Zip Code: Opportunities and Challenges with Cheese Terroir.

Conference festivities kick off in San Francisco on Feb. 21, with Cheese Plus, San Francisco cheese retailer, hosting a public Winter Artisan Cheese Fair featuring artisan cow, sheep and goat cheese producers, wines, brews, guest chefs from 1 to 4 p.m.  A Winter Artisan Cheese Fair is planned in Sonoma on Feb. 22 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Ramekins Culinary School.

The event showcases cheesemakers leading the artisan and farmstead cheese movement, as well as wines and ales from Sonoma County. The conference proper begins Monday, February. 23 at the Sonoma Valley Inn. Sessions include Profit Centers for Cheese Retailers,  How to Build a Successful Cheese Plant from the Ground Up, and What You Need to Know about Recalls and Liability presented by  Richard Idell, attorney.  Guest speakers include Jonathan Bowen of Gypsy Cheese Company, Jed Asmus of Ewetopia Dairy, Sarah Marcus of Briar Rose Creamery, Anna Hancock of Pug’s Leap Cheese Company, Jon Fancy of Bi Rite Market, Bill Foss of Kenwood Restaurant, Glenda Humiston of the USDA Rural Development, Laurie Gallian, Sonoma City Council and more to be announced.

Feb. 23 and 24 feature seminars and networking sessions, and wraps up with a special one-day ZingTrain session led by Ari Weinzweig of Zingerman’s on Feb. 25 & 26 are sold out.

To register, visit, or call call 707- 935-7960.

“The Sonoma Cheese Conference has become an annual highlight of the winter months for cheese aficionados from all over North America.  Because of its smaller size,  the Sonoma Conference gives attendees a chance to really meet some new people in the industry and carry on extended dialogues with other cheese mongers, makers and distributors.  Most definitely worth checking out if you’re into American specialty cheese!!”

~ Ari Weinzweig, Zingerman’s


“I attend Sheana’s conference because it is different than most conferences. It covers real world topics for the dairy industry. Whether you are just getting introduced to the business or you are an industry leader, there is plenty to take away from the Sonoma Valley Cheese Conference.”
~ Chris & Kris Roelli, Roelli Cheese Company


“The Sonoma Cheese Conference is the place to be for provocative conversations, introductions to key industry professionals and cheese immersion. Relatively small and intimate, the conference offers a great opportunity for discussing key issues facing cheesemakers, retailers, distributors and marketing/communications leaders. Be there!”

~ Marilyn Wilkinson, Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board

Sonoma Valley Cheese Conference




Bi Rite Market ~

BN Ranch ~
California Milk Advisory Board ~
Canyon Market ~ 
Ewetopia ~
California Artisan Cheese Guild –
Cheese Plus –
Clauger US ~ email:
Dairy Connection ~
Delfina Restaurant Group ~
Good Earth Natural Foods ~
Idell Family Vineyards ~
Laura Chenel Cheese Company ~
Oliver’s Markets ~
Rainbow Grocery Coop ~
Ramekins Culinary Center ~
Sonoma Valley Inn ~
Vermont Creamery –
The Epicurean Connection ~
Wisconsin Milk Advisory Board ~