The Finger Lakes Cheese Trail stretches south nearly to Pennsylvania and west almost to Keuka Lake – that’s a lot of ground and miles to cover. With determination, a good map or GPS and a growling stomach, you could hit up all of the trail stops in one day – with little time to linger or explore other places, like the region’s wineries, which tend to be clustered together.
It's a golden opportunity to sample cow’s milk cheeses, sheep’s milk cheeses and goat’s milk cheeses. Hard cheeses, soft cheeses, crumbly cheeses, aged cheeses and farm-fresh cheeses. Curds, cheddars, chevre and Brie-style cheeses. Jacks, Goudas and stinky aromatic washed-rind, European-inspired cheeses with loads flavor.
In a nutshell: Distinctive, local, artisanal cheeses of every shape, style and flavor profile – mild to intense.
There will be farm tours, games and activities for kids, cooking seminars and cheese-making classes (a few spots remain; to pre-register, email firstname.lastname@example.org) and some of the region’s winemakers on hand.
Bring your appetite, sense of adventure, a cooler, $5 for parking and some spending money. If you like cheese (and who doesn’t, after all?!) you will not want to go home without a souvenir.
What: Second annual Finger Lakes Cheese Festival
When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 27
Where: Sunset View Creamery, 4970 County Road 14, Odessa
Directions: Click here
More information: Click here