Intro to cheese and cheesemaking workshop

CANNON BEACH, Ore – For Cheese Lover’s only! Introduction to Cheese and Cheese Making Workshop, a one-day event, will be held at the Cannon Beach Chamber Community Hall on Wednesday August 17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The workshop includes a cheese tasting of the seven major cheese families and a hands-on session where participants work in pairs to convert milk to cheese. Other sessions focus on the history and categorization of cheese and learning about the key steps of the cheese making process.

The class is offered and taught by Marc Bates, a.k.a “Cheeseguy of the North Coast” He has 49 years’ experience in the industry. During this time he managed the WSU Creamery and made ‘Cougar Gold’ cheese and more recently managed the OSU Creamery where he assisted with the startup and development of “Beaver Classic” cheese. Marc has taught numerous cheesemaking shortcourses in WA, ID, OR and CA. He has served as an official judge for the U.S. Cheese Championship and World Cheese championships hosted by the Wisconsin Cheesemakers Assn. and also at competitions of the American Cheese Society and American Dairy Goat Assn. He has been and independent consultant since 2000.

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The intended audience is high school through adults who want to expand their love and knowledge of cheese. The cost of the workshop including samples and materials is $95 per person if ticketed by August 10. Lunch will be on your own in one of Cannon Beach’s great eateries within 2 blocks of workshop site.

Tickets to the event are advance purchase only through Eventbrite™ at

Refund/cancellation policy: Full refunds will be given for cancellation prior to August 10th. Planning and supply purchasing requires a $25 cancellation fee after August 10th. Transfer your ticket to another is welcome up to the start of the event.

Upon completion of this class, attendees are offered continuing classes on specific cheese types such as fresh mozzarella, feta, ricotta, fromage blanc, chevre, havarti and others.

If you have questions about the workshop email or phone Marc Bates at 509-595-8652.