“For Cheese Lover’s only! Introduction to Cheese and Cheese Making Workshop,” a one-day event, will be held at the Cannon Beach Chamber Community Hall on Wednesday, Aug. 17, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The workshop includes a cheese tasting of the seven major cheese families and a hands-on session where participants work in pairs to convert milk to cheese. Other sessions focus on the history and categorization of cheese and learning about the key steps of the cheese making process.

The class is offered and taught by Marc Bates, a.k.a “Cheeseguy of the North Coast” He has 49 years’ experience in the industry. During this time he managed the WSU Creamery and made ‘Cougar Gold’ cheese and more recently managed the OSU Creamery where he assisted with the startup and development of “Beaver Classic” cheese. Marc has taught numerous cheesemaking shortcourses in WA, ID, OR and CA. He has served as an official judge for the U.S. Cheese Championship and World Cheese championships hosted by the Wisconsin Cheesemakers Assn. and also at competitions of the American Cheese Society and American Dairy Goat Assn. He has been and independent consultant since 2000. Contact cheeseguy@charter.net for more information.