The Art of Cheese Offers Cheesemaking Bootcamps Throughout the Year

The Art of Cheese, Longmont’s artisan, home, cheesemaking school, has announced their 2017 bootcamp schedule. The bootcamps are two- or three-day courses that allow folks the opportunity to take multiple classes and learn many technique over a short period of time. You can sign up for one, two, or three days – creating your own cheesemaking learning experience!

Each month the bootcamps have a theme. These themes range from farm-to-table classes where you visit local goat, sheep, and cow dairies to classes taught at local breweries and wineries. Here’s a look at what The Art of Cheese (AoC) has to offer for 2017:

Kate Johnson, owner of Art of Cheese, teaches a class at Haystack Mountain’s Cheese Education Center.

January 27-29   
Three-Day Cheesemaking Bootcamp (Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Cheeses): 
Students will get hands-on experience learning the tools and techniques needed to make nine styles of cheese covering over 25 of AoC’s favorite recipes.  Plus, students will enjoy a few bonus activities including: a tour of Haystack Mountain Goat Cheese Creamery, a tour of Briar Gate Dairy Goat Farm, and a field trip to Cheese Importers.

February 11-12
Cheese, Wine & Chocolate Extravaganza Weekend:
Two days of cheesemaking fun including beginner and intermediate cheesemaking classes, winemaking presentation and tastings, lunch, and cheesy chocolate dessert!

March 3-5
Three-Day Cheesemaking Bootcamp (Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Cheeses): 
Students will get hands-on experience learning the tools and techniques needed to make nine different styles of cheese covering over 25 of AoC’s favorite recipes.  Plus, students will enjoy a few bonus activities including a tour of Haystack Mountain Goat Cheese Creamery, a tour of Briar Gate Dairy Goat Farm, and a field trip to Cheese Importers.

April 1-2
“Back-to Basics” Homesteading Weekend: 
The Art of Cheese is teaming up with Countryside Network to bring you a fun, educational, and tasty weekend full of homesteading and cheesemaking activities. On Day One, AoC will be co-hosting an event at the Boulder County Fairgrounds with presentations and exhibitors on cheesemaking, soapmaking, dairy goat and poultry keeping, winemaking, and much more. On Day Two, AoC will be hosting a Cheesemaking Contest, Cheese Education Center Open House, and a Creamery Tour at the Haystack Mountain Creamery.

Visit the baby goats at Briar Gate Farm during the Farm-to-Table bootcamps. Photo courtesy: Kirsten Boyer

June 17-18
Farm-to-Table Cheesemaking Bootcamp:
Each morning begins with a visit to Longmont-based goat and sheep farms, where students will learn about dairy operations and visit with the farm’s animals.  Then, students will head back to the Haystack classroom for cheese sampling and cheesemaking classes focusing on cheeses made with each of these wonderful types of milk.

August 18-20
Three-Day Cheesemaking Bootcamp (Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Cheeses):
Students will get hands-on experience learning the tools and techniques needed to make nine different styles of cheese covering over 25 of AoC’s favorite recipes.  Plus, students will enjoy a few bonus activities including a tour of Haystack Mountain Goat Cheese Creamery, a tour of Briar Gate Dairy Goat Farm, and a field trip to Cheese Importers.

September 16-17
Farm-to-Table Cheesemaking Bootcamp:
Each morning begins with a visit to Longmont-based goat and sheep farms, where students will learn about dairy operations and visit with the farm’s animals.  Then, students will head back to the Haystack classroom for cheese sampling and cheesemaking classes focusing on cheeses made with each of these wonderful types of milk.

October 27-29
Three-Day Cheesemaking Bootcamp  (Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Cheeses):
Students will get hands-on experience learning the tools and techniques needed to make nine different styles of cheese covering over 25 of AoC’s favorite recipes.  Plus, students will enjoy a few bonus activities including a tour of Haystack Mountain Goat Cheese Creamery, a tour of Briar Gate Dairy Goat Farm, and a field trip to Cheese Importers.

Art of Cheese student, Denise Milligan, shows off quite the spread. Photo: Al Milligan Images.

In addition to these cheesemaking bootcamps, The Art of Cheese offers a cheesemaking 101 course and two-hour classes for beginning, intermediate, and advanced level cheesemaking. Each of these classes ranges in price from $25-$39 per person. There are also a few additional specialty classes including soap making, a family mac & cheese course, and new in 2017, online courses. For more information and a full schedule of upcoming classes, please visit theartofcheese.com.

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