Thousands Show up for OR Cheese Fest

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – The Oregon Cheese Fest attracted 4,000 people from all across the state today for the annual event in Central Point.

About 90 vendors offered cheese, beer, and wine. Vendors say today’s turnout is evidence of the growing artisan culture of Southern Oregon, which has seen an explosion of local food producers in the past few years.

“To have a festival like this in a population center as relatively small as Southern Oregon, it says a lot about people’s interest in cheese and artisan food, and wine and beer,” said Vern Caldwell, Co-Owner of Pholia Farm Creamery. “It’s pretty impressive.”

The 10,000 square foot tent filled to capacity today. Some had to wait outside for lack of room in the tent. Officials say attendance has grown more than ten-fold since 2005. This is the ninth year of the festival.