Artisan Cheese Festival in Santa Rosa Canceled Due to Coronavirus Concerns

Annual cheese fest that usually draws thousands is first major food event casualty.

One of the first big food events to be canceled due to coronavirus concerns: The 14th Annual California Artisan Cheese Festival, which was set for March 27-29.

“As this health crisis expands, we believe it is prudent to proactively acknowledge and react to the warnings by health officials about attending large gatherings,” said Judy Groverman Walker, executive director of the California Artisan Cheese Festival.

“As much as we are deeply saddened that our beloved festival will not happen this year, we know that the most important thing is to keep our community and the public safe and healthy.”

The festival, which attracted more than 2,500 people last year, brings together the state’s best cheesemakers, farmers, educators, authors, chefs, cheesemongers, brewers, distillers, winemakers, and cheese fanatics.