Little Falls, NY – A New Year means that new festivals are around the corner! The Little Falls Cheese Festival is pleased to announce that their 5th annual celebration of New York’s artisan cheesemakers is scheduled for Saturday, July 13, 2019 from 10 am to 5 pm. The day will be packed with food, entertainment, and fun in downtown Little Falls.
“New York State’s Premier Gathering of Cheesemakers”: The reputation and success of the festival keeps on growing! Up from a few dozen area vendors the first year, it now attracts top cheesemakers not only from the Mohawk Valley, but from the Finger Lakes, the Southern Tier, the Champlain Valley, and beyond—a number of them offering award-winning cheeses. The 2018 festival captured the attention of Culture, the nation’s foremost cheese magazine (it was promoted alongside the Vermont, Finger Lakes, and Wisconsin festivals and one in the UK). This fall, The Tailor and The Cook—rated one of the country’s top 100 restaurants—hosted a fundraiser dinner for the festival, including menu items from area cheesemakers.
Attendees can sample up to 120 different kinds of cheeses while strolling Little Falls’ historic Main Street. Now up to over 70 vendors, the festival also offers an array of gourmet foods, historic tours, a variety of live music entertainers, and more, enticing cheese and festival lovers to make a day of it.
Attendance has grown impressively for this unique event, drawing to Little Falls an estimated 4000 visitors in 2018, including folks from well outside New York State. Festival co-founder Alice Laurenson explains, “The Festival has attracted a lot of positive attention to Little Falls by highlighting the impact that the city had on the emerging cheese industry dating back to the latter part of the 19th century. By revisiting this history, the Little Falls Cheese Festival has fashioned an opportunity for guests to visit the scenic community and explore all that it has to offer – from boutique shops and eateries to rock climbing and a rich arts culture – while enjoying delicious artisan cheeses.”
The 5th anniversary is already off to a roaring start, with a brand-new logo, a revamped website coming soon, improved festival amenities, and ambitious advertising and publicity plans aimed at bringing in even more attendees. Committee Member Teri Chace notes that this year’s festival is the day before the Boilermaker Road Race in Utica and “would be a wonderful way for runners and their families and friends to spend a summer day in a beautiful, fun setting.”
According to Chace, the Committee has already secured 35 vendors, half of which are cheesemakers. She notes, “Thanks to the popularity of the festival and the ever-bigger crowds, vendor spaces are in demand and we will probably have a waiting list, so interested vendors should apply as soon as possible. We do give priority to cheesemakers and those who offer food/implements related to cheese. Booths are $60 for a single (10’ x 10’) and $110 for a double (10’ x 20’), until mid-March.”
Area businesses and civic-minded folks are encouraged to support the Little Falls Cheese Festival by way of sponsorship. “This nonprofit event embodies true community spirit from the support of the City officials, businesses, volunteers assisting on the day of the event, and everyone in between,” Chace says. “It’s great to see the Festival come to life each summer and there are plenty of ways to lend a hand, whether in small or large measure. Every bit helps!”
Please visit www.littlefallscheesefestival.com or like ‘Little Falls Cheese Festival’ on Facebook for more information about the event, vendor spaces, and tax-deductible sponsorship opportunities.