Cheese Appreciation Events
2014 tickets on sale now!
This year, our sixth season of creating Cheese Appreciation Events on the farm, we are excited to present ten themed events — diverse and exciting — each of which occurs twice on back-to-back Saturday and Sunday afternoons. You’ll have the opportunity to discover and sample the best regional, artisan and farmhouse American cheeses, carefully curated with beverages from wonderful brewers and winemakers from throughout our region.
By setting a table to give farmers, producers and you, our customer, a chance to gather and explore a variety of products, we intend to engage all your senses. You will learn about each cheese (carefully paired with wine, beer or champagne), its history and style, and the farm — or creamery — where it was handcrafted. You’ll also learn about the various beverages, often directly from the brewer or winemaker who produced it.
Green Dirt Farm is excited to spur conversations and grow more interest in the values that motivate us to be on the land. We hope you’ll enjoy visiting us in Weston to experience the farm and the products you so enjoy.View Cheese Appreciation Event FAQs >
2014 Cheese Appreciation Events Schedule
All events start at 3:00 p.m. and end at 5:00 p.m.
COMPARING MILK TYPES
Saturday, May 10th --or-- Sunday, May 11th
Cow, goat or sheep. Which animal’s milk helps to make the best cheese and how does their milk differ from each other’s? Find out by tasting local farmstead cheeses that best represent each type of milk and even try certain cheese that blends them together. Each cheese will be paired with a carefully selected wine. Compare and share your thoughts and preferences. We, of course, may be biased.
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ARTISAN CHEESE & CRAFT BEER
Saturday, May 24th --or-- Sunday, May 25th
We’ve created a new theme for this year that is sure to be a huge hit with fans of craft beers. One of our favorite ambassador brewers, Jeremy Danner from the Boulevard Brewing Company will take us on a taste tour of five of his favorite craft brewery specialties which he’ll couple with five of our favorite small dairy cheeses, all crafted within a couple hours drive from Green Dirt Farm. Come find out why it’s quality and not quantity that matters most.
FARMSTEAD CHEESE & AMIGONI URBAN WINERY
Saturday, June 7th --or-- Sunday, June 8th
Explore the topic of pasture-raised animals and the impact this diet has on the flavor of cheese. Pasture-raised animals provide milk which changes flavor with the seasons, thus changing the taste of the cheeses made from it. We will highlight grass-fed cheeses from various American cheese making regions all capturing the essence of their environment. It is only fitting to explore this connection between soil and food by partnering with a favorite local winery, Amigoni Urban Winery, for this tasting. You will sample a selection of Amigoni’s wines that are grown, barreled and bottled right in Kansas City. Michael Amigoni (winemaker/owner) and Kerri Amigoni (owner) will be on hand to discuss their winery and the story behind each pairing.
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THE MAKER & THE MONGER
Saturday, June 21st --or-- Sunday, June 22nd
We all know cheese is delicious, but have you ever wondered why it tastes so darned good? What makes one cheese better than another? Area cheese expert Lincoln Broadbooks from the Better Cheddar pairs up with our own cheese maker Sarah Hoffmann to guide guests through a tasting journey exploring cheese from making to selling. Five cheeses will be selected and paired with five beverages. Ask the experts any questions you may have about cheese, please. You’re sure to learn a lot.
LOCAL CHEESE & BEER with Boulevard Brewing Company
Saturday, August 16th --or-- Sunday, August 17th
One of our most popular tastings, this event is a collaboration of local and regional cheese makers and Kansas City’s own Boulevard Brewing Company. You will sample cheese from Green Dirt Farm, Goatsbeard Farm and Baetje Farms, among others. A member of Boulevard’s Quality Assurance Team, Elizabeth Belden and our friends at Boulevard will help create the perfect beer pairing for each selection. Elizabeth will co-host with our own Sarah Hoffmann on Saturday and a representative from the brewery along with Sarah, will be on hand Sunday to discuss selections and talk about Boulevard beers.
CHEESE 101: REFINING OUR SENSE OF TASTE
Saturday, August 30th --or-- Sunday, August 31st
Overwhelmed by the dizzying selection of cheeses at your favorite shop? Would you like to learn the essentials of tasting? Have you ever wondered what "umami" means or tastes like? This is your kind of class. Then come learn more about cheese — from identifying flavors and how to taste, to vocabulary, to how to purchase it. Guests will break into small groups and work together to identify flavors using their newfound knowledge on a selection of some our favorite cheeses.
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THE TASTE OF TIME with Jenny Vergara
Saturday, September 13th --or-- Sunday, September 14th
Some things just get better with time... We know the harvest table will be hopping as local celebrity foodie blogger and founder of the underground supper club ‘The Test Kitchen," Jenny Vergara joins us for the first time. She’ll help us explore the aging process on both cheese and wine. You will taste three different Green Dirt Farm cheeses at an early stage paired with early vintage wine; then you’ll taste an aged version of the same three cheeses, but paired with an older vintage of the same wines. Jenny and our very own Sarah Hoffmann, and sommelier Eric Willey, the general manager at bluestem, will help us explore the difference between young and old.
AMERICAN BLUES & BREWS with Free State Brewing
Saturday, October 11th --or-- Sunday, October 12th
Though we don’t produce a blue cheese ourselves, we love the diverse style of artisan blues that American cheese makers are crafting. You will savor a selection of blue cheeses made from cow, goat and sheep’s milk from around the country — Vermont, Wisconsin, Oregon and Missouri. Cheeses will range from dry to creamy and mild to pungent, savored with some outstanding locally produced beers provided by our friends at Free State Brewing in Lawrence.
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CHOCOLATE & CHEESE with Christopher Elbow
Saturday, October 25th: Two events on the same day!
Times: Noon to 2pm --or-- 3pm to 5pm
So you know that wine and cheese are the traditional marriage of flavors. You may even understand that beer and cheese can be FBF — fermented best friends. But there is a new partnership we think certain to become an unconventional and favored twist to taste. We are honored to be teaming up with Kansas City chocolatier Christopher Elbow for our first ever Chocolate and Cheese event. Christopher’s dazzling artisan chocolates will dance duets with Green Dirt Farm’s award winning cheeses. Love at first...and second...bite!
STINKY CHEESE & DESSERT WINES
Saturday, November 1st --or-- Sunday, November 2nd
True cheese enthusiasts know that when it comes to stinky cheese, you can’t believe everything you smell. Though there are many styles of stinky cheese, such as soft-ripened and blue, at this event you will sample a selection of washed-rind cheeses from highly respected American cheese makers. Our visiting wine expert, Joyce Angelos Walsh, will pair aromatic cheeses with a selection of dessert-style wines.
For more information, view FAQs about our tasting events.
Cheese Appreciation Event tickets are $50—$55 per person and may be purchased online only through Brown Paper Tickets, our secure, third-party online ticketing system.
Tickets are non-refundable and available on a first come, first served basis. Seating is limited to 30 per event. For more information about our tastings, view Cheese Appreciation Event FAQs.
Like our Farm Table Dinners, Cheese Appreciation Events take place in the fully covered barn at the farm, located in the scenic Missouri River bluffs outside Weston, Missouri.