Cheese Makers’ Resource Conference 2019

February 12-13, 2019

The Cheese Makers’ Resource Conference is an annual 2-day event for cheese artisans of all skill levels. The conference has a variety of activities, including workshops, one-on-one sessions, opportunities to taste cheese, and an Evening of Cheese event. Over 100 cheese professionals from across the country attend this conference. Come to meet other cheese makers, sharpen your skills, and taste lots of great cheese!

The Cheese Makers' Resource Conference is sponsored by Agri-Service LLC, of Hagerstown, Maryland. Agri-Service manufactures the Dairy Heritage line of milk processing equipment, designed especially for small to medium-size processing plants. Agri-Service also provides a full line of new, used, and rebuilt equipment solutions.


The Hands-On Cheesemaking Class, and the Cheese Evaluation are available on a first come-first serve basis.

Cost per day: $150
Cheese Extravaganza $20
Cheese Evaluation: $40 per cheese
ACS member discount: $15 per day

Click here to register for the conference.

Topics and Speakers


Workshop topics cover a broad variety of subjects related to cheese making. The conference includes a number of breakout sessions, where you have several topics to choose from. Also, some workshops run in multiple sessions, to cover the topic in more detail. 2019 topics include:

  • Cheddar Making

  • Farmers Markets, Farm Stores & Agri-Tourism

  • Blue Cheese Making

  • Cheese Pairings

  • Yogurt Making

  • Affinage

  • Managing People

Click here to download the agenda.

Our speakers come from all over the cheese making industry. Their backgrounds include marketing, cultures, cheese making, sanitation, and judging for ACS.

Click here for bios of our speakers.

Hands-On Cheese Making - Washed Curd Cheese

Hands-On Cheese Making

Join our Hands-On Cheese Making class to get your hands in the vat and help make cheese! This class is a great please for new employees or beginning cheese makers to learn basic cheese making skills.

Hands-On Cheese Making begins with two preparatory workshops on Tuesday afternoon (the first day of the conference). The highlight of the class is the cheese making session, which runs from 7:00 am until 12:00 pm on Wednesday.

Hands-On Cheese Making is taught by Fons Smits, an award-winning cheese maker and international dairy consultant from Indianapolis.

Cheese Extravaganza

Join us on Tuesday, February 12 at 5:30 p.m. for a Cheese Extravaganza. This event will explore the endless possibilities of cheese pairings and cooking with cheese. We will have cheeses to taste as well as foods made with cheese. This event is intended to be a full dinner and will include a soup and salad bar.

Cheese Extravaganza  Cheese Extravaganza

Cheese Evaluation

Do you wonder how your cheeses really score? Register for the Cheese Evaluation to find out. You will ship your cheeses to us, the week before the conference, and they will be evaluated by our professional cheese judges, Dr. Kerry Kaylegian, Gordon Edgar and Lee Smith. Check out our speaker bios page for more about the judges.

You will receive a detailed score sheet, rating the various aspects of flavor, aroma and body. The judges will choose several of these cheeses for at the Cheese Tasting on Wednesday afternoon, February 13. Limit 20 cheeses.

Cheese Breaks and Tasting

Cheese Breaks and Tasting

Each morning, we have a cheese break, featuring winning entries from the Pennsylvania Farm Show. Also, on the second day of the conference, we have a hands-on cheese tasting workshop. In this workshop, we sample several different cheeses. The tasting is led by a panel of cheese professionals, some of whom have judged cheese for the American Cheese Society. This is a great opportunity to learn what to look for when you’re tasting cheese.

Dates and Venue

Cheese Makers’ Resource Conference: February 12-13, 2019

Cheese Extravaganza: February 12, 2019, at 5:30 pm.

Venue: Yoder’s Restaurant and Buffet, 14 South Tower Road, New Holland, PA 17557


Attendees of the Cheese Makers’ Resource Conference will receive a discounted rate at the hotels below. Refer to the Cheese Makers’ Resource Conference when booking your room.

Comfort Inn Amish Country
Rate: $69 per night
Room Options: Single king-size bed or two queen-size beds
Deadline for Reservation: January 30
Phone: 717-355-9900
Address: 626 W Main St., New Holland, PA 17557
Click here for more information about the hotel.

Harvest Moon Bed & Breakfast
Call directly for rates and availability. Full breakfast included.
Phone: 717-723-5251
Address: 311 E Main Street, New Holland, PA 17557
Click here for more information about the hotel.