Cheese Calling

Maine cheese makers in the Maine Public studios

On January 20th three Maine cheesemakers were featured on the Maine Public afternoon call-in show Maine Calling. You can listen through their on-demand services here —


President Jessie Dowling (Fuzzy Udder), Heather Donahue (Balfour Farms), and Eric Rector (Monroe Cheese Studio) sat down with host Cindy Han to talk about Cheese in Maine. We got to talk about how we got started, why there are so many new cheese makers here, and the work that the Guild does. Quite a few people called in with interesting questions, and Arlene was able to call in and update everyone on the Maine Cheese Festival details. It seemed to go well — what did you think?

Pineland Farms Dairy Progress

Mark Whitney hosted a Guild meeting at the new plant in February

Progress continues apace as Pineland Farms Dairy Co. continues its transition from New Gloucester to the old Grants/Garelick plant in Bangor. President Mark Whitney hosted a Guild meeting at the plant in February which was still installing much of the infrastructure at that time. As of May 1st there are now rows and shelves full of aging cheddar blocks and other cheeses (as you can see in the linked article above) in the new warehouse space and the cut and wrap machines were being tested. By July he expects them to be making cheese in Bangor.

Maine Cheese Guild

Vendor Applications – 2018 Maine Cheese Festival

Maine Cheese GuildApplications are now available for participation in the Guild’s 2018 Maine Cheese Festival, for both cheesemakers and related food vendors. Deadline for applications is JUNE 1, 2018.  The applications may be submitted either via email  with completed application as attachment, or by snail mail of printed form. See below for details on each application type; more event details are included in the pdf applications.



snail mail:

Maine Cheese Guild – Festival
c/o Arlene Brokaw
716 Highland Rd.
Warren, ME 04864


Cheesemaker Application – You may also submit your application at the upcoming Guild meeting at Cosmic Goat Farm in Litchfield Maine,  on May 8th. More info on that meeting and location here. Along with the application, you will need to provide copies of your d​airy license, mobile vendor license and certificate of liability insurance​ with Wolfe’s Neck Farm and their address listed on the insurance certificates as “Additionally Insured”,   along with the application and fee payable to Maine Cheese Guild.


Non-cheesemaker Vendor Application – We have a limited number of juried spaces available for Maine made/grown products that compliment cheese as well as several spots reserved for prepared food truck vendors. If  your application is accepted and approved, you will be notified, at which time your payment and your insurance certificate will be due.