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

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CUESA's Tenth Annual Goat Festival

Saturday, April 13, 2019 - 9:00am to 2:00pm

It’s baaack! Join CUESA for the Tenth Annual Goat Festival, a celebration of all things goat. Discover the wonders of goats, meet local ranchers and food crafters, sample artisan cheeses, and unleash your inner “kid” at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. This year’s festival is cohosted by Meyenberg, America’s #1 goat milk.

The Ferry Plaza Farmers Market takes place outside of the Ferry Building (Market Street and Embarcadero) in San Francisco. Need directions? See public transportation and parking information »

8 am - 2 pm: Meyenberg Sampling and Giveaways

Ready for some goat milk goodness? Be sure to visit the Meyenberg Goat Milk tent for delicious goat milk samples, fun prizes, and more. Look for their purple tent in the back of the plaza by the adorable baby goats.

9 am - 1 pm: Goaty Arts & Crafts

Get goaty at CUESA’s DIY arts and crafts station! Stop by to fashion your own personalized goat horns. All are welcome for family-friendly fun (south driveway, near the Sur La Table store). Free.

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

Meet with adorable baby goats from Toluma Farms and Tomales Farmstead Creamery in the Goat Festival petting stable (back plaza, near Primavera). To minimize crowds and avoid stress to the goats, access to the goat petting tent will require advance ticketing. Goat petting tickets are sold out, but there is a free goat viewing area.

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: Kim Alter, Nightbird

Join us for a goat-milk-themed cooking demo with Kim Alter of Nightbird at the CUESA Classroom (under the marked tents in front of the Ferry Building). Free.

11 am: Goat Cheese Tasting Flight

Taste local goat milk cheeses paired with preserves from the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, curated in collaboration with CUESA’s market producers. Select the Goat Cheese Tasting Flight ticket to pre-order your grab-and-go sampler plate now and pick up at the CUESA classroom (black tent in front of the Ferry Building). Plates will also be available for sale day-of on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last. $7. Tickets go on sale March 29, 2:00 pm. 

11:30 am - 1:30 pm: Wool Spinning

Amy and Norman Gunsell of Mountain Ranch Organically Grown are enthusiastic spinners of wool from the Angora goats they raise. They will share their passion by demonstrating in the CUESA Classroom. Stop by to enjoy this beautiful craft and learn more. Free.

9 am - 1 pm: CUESA’s Food Shed

The Food Shed gives curious shoppers the opportunity to deepen their understanding of sustainable food systems. Look for the Food Shed tent in the driveway, which will feature an interactive exhibit focused on humane farming, with engaging activities for all ages. Free.

8 am - 2 pm: “Graze the Farmers Market”

During our regular market hours, you can make like a goat and munch on the delicious offerings from our local cheese makers, bakers, and chefs! Stop by the CUESA Info Booth (black tent in front of the Ferry Building) or Meyenberg tent (back plaza near the goats) to pick up a map of goat-inspired offerings from our vendors.

  • Acme Bread: Chevre and Olive Puff Pastry

  • Achadinha Cheese Company: Broncha, Cowpricious, Feta, Curds, Fromage Blanc, and Kefir Goat and Cow Cheeses

  • Aedan Fermented: Amazake, Goat Cheese, Turmeric, and Ginger with Shio Koji Almond Topping

  • Batter Bakery: Lemon, Strawberry & Goat Cheese Scone; Cornmeal & Leek Goat Cheese Muffins

  • Bodega & Yerba Santa Goat Cheese: Fresh Chèvre, Queso Crema, and Natilla (goat milk caramel)

  • Crumble & WhiskSavory Cheese Cake Spread with Goat Cheese & Cow’s Milk Cream Cheese, Baked with Fresh Herbs, Garlic, and Shallots

Goat Fest Merch

Goat Tee: Be the cool kid on the block with this Goat Fest 2019 t-shirt! Printed in San Francisco by Ashbury Images on an eco-friendly, sweatshop-free BELLA+CANVAS super-soft triblend tee. All sizes unisex. $20

Goat Tote: Totes m’goats! Get your limited-edition “I [goat] my farmers market” tote bag. Printed in San Francisco by Ashbury Images on a made-in-the-USA organic cotton canvas bag. $15


CUESA is excited to partner with our presenting sponsor, Meyenberg, for this year’s Goat Festival.

About Meyenberg

Since 1934, Meyenberg has been sharing the goodness of goat milk. And today, they offer a variety of products including fresh fluid milk and butter. As America’s best selling brand of goat milk, they’re proud to work with over 20 California dairies and thousands of goats to bring delicious and easy-to-digest goat milk nationwide.




CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture) is dedicated to growing thriving communities through the power and joy of local food. Learn More »