CUESA | Market Happening: CUESA's Eighth Annual Goat Festival

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CUESA's Eighth Annual Goat Festival

Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Join CUESA for the Eighth Annual Goat Festival, a celebration of all things goat! Explore the wonders of goats, meet local ranchers and food crafters, sample artisan cheeses, and unleash your inner “kid” at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.

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10 am - 1 pm: View the Goats from Toluma Farms

Bring the kids to meet the adorable baby goats from Toluma Farms and Tomales Farmstead Creamery in the Goat Festival petting stable (south driveway, near the Sur La Table store). To minimize crowds and avoid stress to the goats, access to the goat petting tent will require advance ticketing. Tickets for goat petting are sold out, but the viewing area is free (take a peek!).

Toluma Farms is an Animal Welfare Approved dairy that raises goats and sheep on 160 certified organic acres in Marin County to produce award-winning cheese.

10:30 am: Market to Table Demo

Join us for a goat-cheese-themed cooking demo with Mark Dommen, One Market Restaurant at the CUESA Classroom (under the white tents in front of the Ferry Building, behind the info booth). Free.

11 am: Goat Cheese Tasting Plates

Taste local goat milk cheeses paired with preserves from the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market with a grab-and-go sampler plate available at the CUESA Info Booth (black tent in front of the Ferry Building). Plates will be available for sale ($5) on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last.

12 pm: Animal Welfare Talk

Join us at the CUESA Classroom (under the white tents in front of the Ferry Building, behind the Info Booth) for a discussion with local experts and ranchers about humane animal care and animal welfare certifications. We’ll be joined by Andrew Gunther, Program Director for Animal Welfare Approved; and farmer Javier Salmon of Bodega & Yerba Santa Goat Cheese. Free.

8 am - 2 pm: “Browse the Farmers Market” Scavenger Hunt

During our regular market hours, you can make like a goat and “browse” the delicious offerings from our local ranchers, artisans, and chefs! Stop by the CUESA Info Booth (black tent in front of the Ferry Building) to pick up a map of goat-inspired offerings, including:

  • Broncha, Capricious, and feta goat cheeses at Achadinha Cheese Company
  • Fresh chèvre, queso crema, natilla (goat milk caramel), and more at Bodega & Yerba Santa Goat Cheese
  • Kenne, Assa, Atika, Teleeka, and Liwa goat and sheep cheeses from Tomales Farmstead Creamery
  • Tacos at 4505 Meats: Goat barbacoa with handmade blue corn tortillas
  • Pastries at Batter Bakery: Meyer Lemon, Strawberry & Goat Cheese Scones; Kale, Goat Cheese & Cornmeal Muffins; Rhubarb Shortcake with Goat Cheese Cream; and Asparagus & Goat Cheese Tartlets
  • Grilled cheese sandwiches at The Farmer’s Wife: Honey Lavender Bacon, Avocado, Farm Eggs, Chèvre, and Pepper Salsa; and Asparagus, Preserved Meyer Lemons, Farm Eggs, Chèvre & Fresh Arugula 
  • Sweet and savory crostatas (whole or by the slice) at Three Babes Bakeshop: Strawberry, Goat Cheese, and Honey; and Asparagus, Spring Onion, and Goat Cheese 
  • Vicolo fresh goat cheese and tomato corn meal crust pizza from Hayes St. Grill/Vicolo Pizza


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