Give your Valentine the gift of cheese making

A gift of the experience of learning to be a cheesemaker is a gift that will enrich lives for years to come.

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Are you searching for a distinctive gift experience for your Valentine? Chocolates, flowers and charcuterie may only last a short time, but you can give a gift that will last a lifetime with the Michigan State University Extension Artisan Cheese Workshop. Ideal for culinary enthusiasts, DIY enthusiasts, or aspiring cheese entrepreneurs, learn from the professionals how to make, age and savor handmade artisan cheese. Whether it's crafting fresh mozzarella, a tangy brie or aged cheddar, the gift of cheese making is truly a unique expression of dairy love.

Michigan State University Extension is delighted to offer an Artisan Cheese Workshop from February 29 to March 2, 2024, at the MSU dairy plant. This three-day course is tailored for both beginners and those seeking to refine their cheese making skills. The workshop also provides valuable insights for individuals considering starting their own cheese making business.

Led by veteran cheesemakers and owners of Leelanau Cheese, participants will craft at least four different cheeses while deepening their understanding of the factors influencing cheese quality and the unique characteristics of various cheeses.

Primarily designed for those considering commercial cheese production, whether sourcing milk locally or purchasing it, this workshop explores the business potential of value-added dairy products. With cheese consumption in the United States reaching record highs, quality cheese is in high demand.

Registration for the cheesemaking workshop covers lunches but does not include lodging. Participants are encouraged to bring their favorite cheese or one they've made for a cheese tasting session, where they'll also learn about judging cheese quality from award-winning instructors Josh Hall and Gary Smith.

MSU Extension, in collaboration with the MSU Product Center, supports entrepreneurs in product development, packaging, and marketing planning.

Whether for Valentine's Day, an anniversary or any occasion, the Artisan Cheesemaking Workshop offers a memorable and enjoyable experience that will be cherished for years to come.

For more information and registration, visit the Artisan Cheese Workshop page,

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