Seminars on how to make different kinds of goat cheese — including old-fashioned clabber cheese (made without rennet or cultures) and mozzarella — will be among a wide range of classes offered in the upcoming American Dairy Goat Association's Annual Meeting and Convention. The event will be hosted by the Piedmont Dairy Goat Association Saturday, Oct. 12 – Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Crowne Plaza Resort in Asheville.
Thrown into the mix will be soap-making classes, youth programming, tours of local creameries and contests for everything from goat-related art to the best goat-milk food and beauty products. A highlight for goat-cheese lovers will be the Thursday, Oct. 17, Products Reception, which will feature samples of the amateur and commercial cheeses entered into the convention's cheese competitions, says event organizer Christine Owen of Spinning Spider Creamery in Marshall.
The event culminates with a Champagne Brunch and Spotlight Sale on Saturday, Oct. 19, where 17 handpicked dairy goats from the best herds in the nation will be auctioned off to the highest bidder. Mind you, these are not your ordinary backyard nannies and billies. According to Piedmont Dairy Goat Association representative Renee Garcia, goats at past Spotlight Sales have fetched as much as $17,000.
All classes and events at the convention are open to the public. Advance tickets are required for the Product Reception and the Champagne Brunch.
For class schedules and updates, registration and event ticket information, visit www.adgaconvention.com. Information is also available at 779-1055.