Maine Cheese Festival
Maine's biggest gathering and celebration of cheese. Taste and learn about Maine cheese, plus artisan and fermented foods and beverages.
The Maine Cheese Guild is proud to announce The 4th Annual Maine Cheese Festival taking place at Manson Park in Pittsfield, Maine. Join us Sunday, September 8 from 11am to 5pm in this beautiful park along the Sebasticook River.
Over 25 Maine Cheese Guild cheesemakers plus Maine brewers, wineries and cideries, Maine food trucks and Maine artisan foods and beverages to explore and sample. The festival is a major fundraising effort for the Maine Cheese Guild, a non-profit trade organization that works year-round to educate Maine cheesemakers and elevate the quality of Maine cheese and dairy.
General Admission : $20 Includes a festival bag, a ticket for one complimentary cheese plate, and off-site parking with a shuttle to the event. Children under 12 attend for free.
Limited Early Admission: $35 Includes a ticket for the festival with early 10am entrance, and a festival wine glass.
Beer Garden tickets: $15 for 12 tastings Bring your ID if you want to enter the Maine Beer Garden at the Festival. This year, our Beer Garden is generously sponsored by Allagash Brewing Company.
Allagash along with a dozen other Maine breweries, wineries, and cideries will be pouring samples throughout the day and many will be paired with a bite of cheese from our Maine Cheese Guild cheesemakers! You will need a valid photo I.D. to enter the Beer Garden as the drinking age in Maine is 21. Tasting tickets will be available for purchase on site.
Music: We'll have live music throughout the day including Married with Chitlins and Rough Sawn! Plus we'll have demos on cheesemaking, cheese pairing, fermentation and home-brewing in our Workshops Tent.
Food Trucks: Several Maine food trucks will be on site and ready to serve you, so bring your appetite!
New this year: You want more cheese, you got it! Everyone who attends the Maine Cheese Festival will receive a ticket at the entrance gate for a complimentary cheese plate! Our Sponsor, Bangor Wine and Cheese is jumping in to help us run the Cheese Bar where you can redeem your ticket for your cheese plate and mingle with some cheese fairies!
Of course we couldn't do this without you, our dedicated cheese lovers and our amazing sponsors:
Thank you so much to: Bangor Savings Bank, Are you Ready to Party??, Allagash Brewing Company and Bangor Wine and Cheese!
Things you should know:
This is a rain or shine event. Come prepared!
No dogs or pets of any kind please! Keep your pets safely at home.
Feel free to bring some lawn chairs or your picnic blanket to enjoy your goodies and take in the music and the beautiful river setting.
Bring a valid I.D. if you want to enter the Maine Beer Garden area. Seriously...even if you're 90! We will check all I.D.'s Children will not be allowed into the Beer Garden area. If you are carrying or strollering a baby, that is OK, you may enter with them.
Free access to water will be available on site, but it's always a good idea to bring your own. Stay hydrated!
Parking: We'll have free parking available at an air strip right up Peltoma Ave. from the festival site. Please follow the signs for Parking. A shuttle bus will be running all day to transport you safely to and from the festival.
We will have on-site parking available for handicap use. Please enter Manson Park from the Peltoma Ave. entrance.
Refunds for purchased tickets will only be allowed on a case-by-case basis. If you purchased a ticket for a friend and they cannot come last minute, no refund will be given. This event is a fund-raiser, so consider it a donation and Thank you!
11 am - 5 pm