Farmstead Festival Entices Cheese, Wine and Artisan Food Lovers

Farmstead Festival

Saturday, Oct. 17

11 a.m. to 5 p.m

Percy Thomson Meadows Farm, 78 Thomson Road, Bethlehem

Tented event; Come Rain or Shine

Admission: $15 online/$18 at the door and includes a tasting menu with professional wine pairing

cheese and wine festivalThe festival, organized by Artisan Made Northeast and Percy Thomson Meadows Farm, promises to be the artisan food event of the year, featuring handcrafted cheeses, wine, meats, condiments, chocolates, baked goods, produce, an educational pig roast and entertainment — from award-winning small farms and artisan food producers from across the northeast.

Sister Noella Marcellino, “The Cheese Nun,” will also make an appearance at the festival, and participate in a question and answer session in the education tent. She is internationally recognized as one of the foremost experts in the art of natural-milk cheese making. She received her PhD in microbiology from the University of Connecticut, and was awarded a Fullbright grant to study cheese making in France. Her focus was the Auvergne, in central France, and the study of fungal populations in the many cheese caves of the region. For her work, she received the prestigious French Spirit Food Award.

In 2002, she was the subject of a PBS documentary, “The Cheese Nun,” about her time in France and work at the Abbey of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem, where she has been a Benedictine nun for more than 40 years. She uses the raw milk of the Abbey’s heritage breed cows to make her cheeses.

Sister Noella will be surrounded by some of top cheeses made in the US today such as the Alpine style Bloomsday and the Gruyere style Dairyere both from Cato Corner Farm in CT, goat’s milk Chevre and the soft ripened Vespers from Beltane Farm in CT and a special selection of Vermont cheeses including Camembrie and Lakes Edge from Blue Ledge Farm, Organic Thistle Hill Tarentaise, Boston Post Dairy’s Eleven Brothers and Tres Bonne aged Goat’s milk cheeses, Goredawnzola and Boucher Blue from Green Mountain Blue Cheese and the Vermont Herdsman Asiago style from Parish Hill Creamery.

Artisan Made Northeast is a specialty food distribution and online retail company that has been in business since 2003, and the Assard family has run the Percy Thomson Meadows Farm in Bethlehem for more than 100 years. Percy Thomson Meadows  supplies the community with 100% grass-fed beef and lamb, pastured poultry, Berkshire pork, and eggs from their beautiful, 100-acre farm. Readers may remember the farm from their booth at the former SoNo Marketplace. Farmer Kenny Assard of Percy Thomson will lead the educational pig roast.

Percy Thomson Meadows Farm
Percy Thomson Meadows, a family-owned, grass-based, diversified farm. Photo contributed.

What makes this festival truly unique is the collaborative spirit between the small farms and artisan food makers. Guests will receive a tasting menu, including one item from each food vendor, and certified sommelier Sally Camm will pair the foods and wines. All foods and wines are also available for purchase. Come celebrate with us the fresh, complex flavors of local and regional foods and wines!

Guests will also enjoy the opportunity to chat with the cheese makers, bakers, chocolate makers, wine makers and farmers, amid the breathtaking autumn foliage views from the hilltop farm. The festival takes place under a tent, so come rain or shine!

Admission is $15 online (until Friday, October 16 at 12 p.m.) and $18 at the door the day of the festival). Ages ten and under admitted free. For online admission, visit, and print your e-mail receipt as your ticket for admission. For more information, email; or call 203-273-5821.

2 thoughts on “Farmstead Festival Entices Cheese, Wine and Artisan Food Lovers”

  1. So stunned by this “festival”. Very misled in all ways. There was no wine pairing, very little tasting for the “donation”. Would never advise anyone to support this. I left feeling ripped off and I had all good intentions when entering. Definitely an affair where they wanted your money and little for you. Gives all the festivals in the area a bad taste in your mouth.

    • Deborah, I’m so sorry to hear that you felt let down in so many ways. Please don’t let your experience taint other events which make it a point to provide attendees with a rich and valuable experience.

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