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Cheese Making

Longmont is home to the Art of Cheese, an artisan cheesemaking school that is perfect for visitors, aspiring home cheese-makers, or people who just love cheese!

Cover Photo: Al Milligan

These classes take you on an agritourism journey, fitting for Longmont's agricultural past.

There are several different classes to choose from: cheese and liquor pairings, cheesemaking 101, holiday cheesemaking, date nights, hard cheese classes, soft cheese classes, private group classes and cheese bootcamps!

Most of the classes take place at the Art of Cheese Education Center. Ranging from a few hours to multi-day sessions, these classes give you the hands-on approach on how to select milk, pasteurize, make different cheese varieties, wax rinds and conduct cheese pairings. Come hungry because there is a lot of sampling involved as well! Some of the classes even have you take home your cheese creations!

If you would like to learn more about how cheese is made from Farm-to-Table, make sure to take the class held at Briar Gate Farm. This 3-hour experience starts by spending an hour with the friendly Nubian and Nigerian Dwarf dairy goat herd. You will learn all about the goats and you’ll get to actually milk one of the does.

Next you will head into Briar Gate Farm's farmhouse kitchen and make some fresh ricotta with the milk just collected, and you’ll also learn how to make the classic soft goat cheese, Chevre.  Here is where you will sample different flavors you can add to Chevre, like honey and herbs. Then, you get to make a custom-flavored log of your own to take with you. Lastly, there will be a light lunch including wine, cheese, bread, salad, fruit and dessert held outside on the patio.  At the end of class, you can go back out to visit with the goats and take as many selfies as you would like!

For more information and a full schedule of upcoming classes, please visit The Art of Cheese Event Calendar

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