Cheesemaking Bootcamp Day One: Beginner Cheeses - 9:00 - 3:00

Most of our classes are held in our classroom at the new Haystack Mountain Cheese Creamery at 505 Weaver Park Rd., Suite E, Longmont, CO.  These are highlighted in Orange on the calendar.

Some of our classes are held offsite at breweries, restaurants, wineries and farms.  These are highlighted in Green.

We also offer multi-day, themed cheesemaking courses and these are highlighted in Blue.


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Cheesemaking Bootcamp Day One: Beginner Cheeses – 9:00 – 3:00

March 23 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm


Join us for one, two, or all three days of this Cheesemaking Bootcamp and receive your Bronze, Silver or Gold Level Certification!  You’ll get hands-on experience learning about the tools and techniques used to make a wide variety of beginning, intermediate and advanced level cheeses.  Each day we’ll make several different styles of cheese while sampling them along the way, and you’ll take home numerous cheesy creations of your own.  You’ll leave knowing the terminology and basic techniques needed to branch off and try other recipes as well.  Lunch with wine, coffee and dessert (and lots of cheese!) will be served each day, and we have a few extra activities planned each day as well.

Day One (March 23):  Beginner Cheeses  9:00 – 3:00

  • Food Safety Overview
  • Chevre, Fromage Blanc
  • Quark
  • Feta:  Dry Salted, Marinated and Brined
  • Mozzarella, Ricotta & Burrata

We’ll also have a creamery tour of the Haystack Mountain Cheese Creamery during lunch along with a nice sampling of their award-winning cheeses.

Day Two (March 24):  Intermediate Cheeses 9:00 – 3:00

  • Food Safety Part 2
  • Guido’s Parmesan-Style Cheese
  • Manchego/Hispanico/Iberico
  • Colby, Havarti, Gouda
  • Bloomy Rind Cheeses:  Brie, Camembert and Cana de Cabra
  • Cheese Presses; waxing a wheel of cheese

We’ll end this day with a tour of Briar Gate Farm, a small local dairy goat farm.

Day Three (March 25):  Advanced Cheeses & Aging Techniques 9:00 – 3:00

  • Food Safety Part 3
  • Cheddar:  From Curds to Pressed & Aged
  • Monterey Jack
  • Affinage Tips, Tools & Techniques:  Learn the methods and ingredients need to make Washed Rind cheeses, Blue cheeses, and Alpine (Swiss) cheeses, along with tips for aging including:
  1. How to set up an aging facility (aka “cheese cave”)
  2. Ripening boxes & mats, creating “micro climates” in your cheese cave
  3. Bandaging & Leaf-wrapping

We’ll end this day by taking a field trip to nearby Cheese Importers.

Attend one day of this bootcamp and you’ll receive a Bronze Level Certification; two days get Silver; and attend all three to receive your Gold!

Day One Only: $150 – Register Here

All Three Days: $395 (save $55) – Register Here


March 23
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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The Art of Cheese at Haystack
505 Weaver Park Rd. Unit E
Longmont,CO80501United States
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