We welcome back favorites from previous festivals and some exciting newcomers!
***UPDATE: The 2017 Little Falls Cheese Festival is full! We are no longer accepting vendor applications.***
TIP for festival-goers: Bring a cooler or cooler bag so your cheese purchases don’t suffer from the summer heat!
Acrospire Farm, Burlington Flats, NY
From our small organic farm, we make delicious baked goods from scratch: peppered cheese bread, cheese-chive crackers, assorted cookies and biscuits.
We specialize in superb New York State cheddar, aged on-site from one to seven years–so you are sure to find the sharpness you like. We also offer an array of flavored white cheddars and 14 different cheddar spreads (from garlic & herb to port wine to sun-dried tomato & basil, and many more!), and “squeaky” cheese curd.
Cheese offerings from: Old Chatham, Four Fat Fowl, Harpersfield Cheese, North Meadow, Chaseholm Farm. Other New York products include Pixie’s Preserves, Mapleland Syrup, Reelison Honey, Harney & Sons Fine Teas, Northern Farmhouse Pasta. We are a specialty food distributor whose mission is to source a wide variety of quality products and make them easily accessible.
We use milk produced on-site at the family farm to create high-quality cheeses and more. Among our offerings: fresh cheese curds (plain, dill and chives, sun-dried tomato and chives, basil garlic, and Italian red pepper), cow’s milk feta, and a soft, spreadable Eastern-European cheese called quark (because it’s made with whole milk and not cream, it is lower-fat than cream cheese…but it can be used in most of the same ways).
We also make traditional whole milk yogurt, Greek yogurt, and yogurt smoothies.
Bobby McFlee’s Irish Beer Cheese, Herkimer, NY
By popular demand, the star cheese of The Great American Irish Festival returns to the Little Falls Cheese Festival! This special recipe is made from a variety of hard and soft cheeses blended with herbs, spices, and beer (you’ll notice horseradish, garlic, and a little kick of hot pepper). Needs refrigeration and still remains spreadable or dunkable—perfect for crackers, vegetables, and even spread on a burger or sandwich. The booth will also have stickers and magnets for your fridge or car…
The cheesemaker, Patrick, is a French expat from the Poitou region who came to America a couple decades ago. In partnership with neighboring Amish farmers (including working closely with the development of the herd), he produces two Loire-Valley style goat’s milk cheeses.
The flagship St. Johnsville cheese is light ivory in color; its flavors evolve from buttery and mild when young to earthy, goaty, barnyardy, full-bodied-yet-still-creamy after a few weeks of ripening. Mohawk Mist is meltingly tender, milky and buttery, with just a hint of mild goat flavor and a slightly tangy finishing note.
Cooperstown Cheese Company, Cooperstown, NY, crafts a variety of artisanal raw-milk cheeses. America Cheese Society (ACS) award-winning Toma Celena (a nutty and rich Italian table cheese, hinting of toasted grains, apples and caramelized milk), Justine (half sheep’s milk, half cow’s milk), a classic aged English cheddar called Jersey Gold, and another ACS award-winner, Jersey Girl (flavorful, creamy curd cheese).
Crowe Woodworks, Little Falls, NY
Cheese and charcuterie boards, wooden utensils. Handcrafted and handcarved right here in Little Falls.
Damin Farm Jams and Jellies, St. Johnsville, NY
We hand-make delicious jams and jellies (peach, jalapeno, blackberry, raspberry, strawberry, elderberry and more), fresh and pickled garlic, sauerkraut (five kinds!), maple syrup, and more.
Farmstead fresh! Named for the creek that runs through our family farm, we offer a unique line of artisanal farmstead sheep’s milk cheeses. All of our products are made from fresh milk every 24-28 hours.
Danascara is a semi-hard cheese made from raw sheep’s milk and aged more than 60 days with a natural rind rubbed with cocoa and olive oil. A mild yet distinctive flavor. Mohawk Maenad is a spreadable cheese made from pasteurized sheep’s milk, similar to a fresh chevre, but even better! Sweet and versatile. We also make a traditional Greek-style feta, in crumbled form, from raw sheep’s milk and aged.
From the daily care of our flock to the meticulous affinage (aging) of the cheese, our passion and commitment is evident in the wholesome cheese delivered from our farm to your table.
Our family has taken the ideal of traditional farmstead cheese and elevated it. By using raw milk exclusively from our own dairy farm we are able to maintain control– literally from pasture to plate. Clean, healthy, happy grass-fed cows combined with a modern take on time-honored traditional cheese-making methods have brought us to this endeavor.
The “terroir” of Wyoming County has led us to focus solely on two French alpine style cheeses.
Underpass cheese is a Raclette-style cheese. Raclette has a smooth and creamy texture which develops a sharper bite as it ages. It melts beautifully and this is what it is best known for.
Silver Lake cheese is a Gruyere-style cheese (part of the “Swiss family”). Silver Lake is aged longer than our Underpass cheese, which gives this hard cheese pronounced nutty and earthy tones. This cheese goes great on everything—think macaroni and cheese, fondue, and cheese plates!
Handmade, small-batch, all-natural aged artisanal vinegars. Made with Upstate New York apples, infused with locally grown berries and herbs as well as raw unfiltered honey. Wonderful for culinary purposes and many health benefits as well. Flavors include plain unfiltered apple, “fire cider” (includes ginger, horseradish, jalapeno, and more), black currant, honey, raspberry.
You’ve never had fudge this heavenly. Over 20 tantalizing flavors! Chocolate, chocolate coconut, chocolate orange, chocolate peanut butter, chocolate peppermint, chocolate walnut, peanut butter, peppermint, raspberry. Dark chocolate flavors include vanilla, vanilla chocolate, peanut butter, vanilla, caramel swirl, vanilla caramel, pecan swirl, vanilla orange…
Also: fudge-filled brownies and homemade cookies.
A farmstead goat dairy following true artisan tradition. A mix of LaMancha, Saanan, Oberhasli, and Alpine, our goats are considered part of the family. And you’ll feel like part of the family once you taste their cheeses! We craft small batches within minutes of milking and promise you the creamiest, most delicious goat cheese you can buy.
Our handcrafted cheese are made using pasteurized milk, natural ingredients, and contain no hormones or preservatives. Chevres (plain and flavored), goat milk feta, and more.
A squeak above the rest! Rich, creamy, squeaky cheese curd made fresh from our farm’s fresh dairy cow milk–natural, plus tasty flavors (including dilly garlic, buffalo, horseradish chive, tomato basil, and more). We also produce an aged farmstead cheese.
The ability for our cows to graze fresh Central New York grass every spring, summer, and fall is of utmost importance to the health and happiness of our cows. 100% of our quality milk products are made from milk from our own happy, healthy cows.
We are a small family-owned winery and grow and produce everything we make on our farm. We have 25 acres in grapes and use minimal preservatives and sulfites; we do use some fruit from other local farms for three of our wines. We make unique and different ones from most wineries.
Jake’s Gouda Cheese, Deansboro, NY
Promoting gouda goodness through local cheese!
We’re in the business of making people happy. The best way we know how? Make mind-blowingly good, locally processed gouda cheese. Smoked gouda, aged gouda, baby gouda, and much more. We use BST-free Holstein cow’s milk. Family owned and operated. Our aged gouda earned the 2015 Gold Medal at the NYS Fair and a plaquce making it the “best wine and cheese pairing”!
We make artisan and farmhouse-style cheeses and yogurts in our state-inspected cheese plant. We have access to some of the best goat, sheep and cow milk in the Mohawk Valley, which means no limit to the variety of high-quality dairy products we can make.
Chevre, feta, cheddar, mold-ripened, “drunken goat,” Manchego-style, even lowly cream cheese is better when produced in your own backyard.
We also make gelatos and sorbets, using nothing but whole milk and simple ingredients. Our line of goat, cow, and sheep milk gelatos and dairy-free sorbets are flavorful and refreshing.
We partner with local producers whenever possible and specialize in seasonal varieties.
Quench your thirst with Kara’s fresh-squeezed lemonade! Also offering “Katina Nachos” (with homemade chips, salsa, ground beef, nacho cheese, shredded cheese, cilantro, and jalapenos).
Sample our delicious sweet-cream pasture butter from our grass-fed cows; we will be selling it in half-pints and pints. We’re also bringing for sale handmade hardwood cutting boards and serving trays.
We use all-organic, local, and free-trade ingredients to offer a wide range of French delicacies, including: cheesecakes, made-to-order crepes, chocolate truffles, French macarons, French-style breads, gluten-free and vegan pastries, tarts, and more!
Don’t let the name mislead you. “Dawg” can be considered a term of endearment or has the meaning of friend in certain parts of the country. That’s why it’s sizzlin’ sweet and not HOT!
We make the best sweet specialty mustard, and we are not shy about it. It is high-quality, food-friendly, and ready for consumption.
Fresh and super-tasty gourmet popcorn, packed in bags for snacking, travel, gifts: cheddar cheese, parmesan-garlic, and much more.
Superlative farmstead raw milk cheeses, made from 100% grass-fed cows–no grain, no hormones, no pesticides, no antibiotics. Choose from Cheddar, Jarlsberg, Emmentaler, and more.
Brought to you by an Amish family, the Bylers, who moved to Central New York from Ohio.
Mr. Nutty & Myrtle’s Cookies, Fayetteville, NY
Delicious nuts roasted on-site. Cinnamon-roasted pecans, almonds, cashews, and peanuts.
Savor Myrtle’s baked-on-site ricotta cheese cookies and cream-cheese cookies!
Handcrafted herbal mixes and spice blends. Herbal dip mixes and spice blends, lavender products and herbal bath, homekeeping and body products! All handmade in Little Falls. “Whimsy and spice and everything nice!”
We are a 100% grassfed, Non-GMO, & Animal Welfare Approved dairy. We produce and sell an array of farmstead cheeses and creamline yogurts.
All of our products are made exclusively with the fresh milk from our Milking Shorthorn and Jersey cows, and other ingredients are limited to cultures, local herbs, maple syrup & organic extracts–no added colors or stabilizers.
Fresh cheeses: fromage blanc ‘Cheeseville’, feta, farmer’s cheese. Semi-aged cheeses: Camembert, Havarti. Aged cheeses: Gouda, Tomme, Alpine.Yogurts: plain, maple, lemon, vanilla, and more.
Artisan cheeses since 1949––we are a third-generation family-owned and operated business. We will be selling a selection of our popular cheese dips and spreads, including Chutter–“it’s cheddar that spreads like butter”! Our premium cheese balls and logs are made and wrapped by hand. Also offering chocolate cheese fudge.
Our signature aged New York State cheddar is hand-cut and dipped in black wax.
The Mohawk Valley’s one and only cheddar-cheese plant! Try our marvelous sharp and extra-sharp cheddars. Also 40 flavored cheddars, 7 different cheese curds , and 7 cheese spreads.
We are gourmet nut butter artisans. In addition to our delicious signature smooth and crunchy peanut butters, we offer a host of fun and tasty variations such as “I Want Smore” (dark chocolate, peanut butter, layers of marshmallow and graham cracker), “Open Sesame” (Thai-inspired peanut butter), and “I’m a Sap for Peanuts” (New York State maple peanut butter). Also, we offer Almond Butter and flavors, Coconut Butter and flavors, Healthy Blends, and other nut/seed butters.
We are a small local farm. We milk our own goats (Alpines and LaManchas); their diet is primarily native pasture. We then process our artisan cheese right here: soft, flavored cheeses, feta and havarti. Our plain goat’s milk feta cheese took first place at the American Dairy Goats Association cheese contest in Portland, Maine!
We’re also bringing goat’s milk fudge in a variety of delicious flavors.
A fast-and-fresh food vendor; your lunch or snack prepared to order. Pulled pork, chicken, burgers and cheeseburgers, BBQ mac-n-cheese. Salt potatoes!
The first licensed winery in Oneida County, we supply tasty wine to everyone from campers to connoissseurs, from courageous climbers to curators of cozy comfort. We have twenty years of home wine-making experience and are the recipients of multiple awards.
Our white wines offer clean, crisp flavors from the very bold to the smooth and sweetly balanced finish. Enjoy them with soft cheeses, white sauces, seafood. If you are looking for a bold, smooth, heavy-body red wine, you won’t be disappointed, with several wines to choose from. Sense the aroma of blackberry, plum, caramelized nutty finishes for the barbeque. Our sweeter reds provide fresh fruit flavors. Whatever your pleasure, Prospect Falls Winery has what you are looking for.
Our products are made by master cheese maker Sean O’Connor. We offer a full line of artisan cheeses. The milk we use is sourced by Willow Marsh Farm and local farmers primarily in Saratoga County.
Among our cow’s milk cheeses are: Ballston Blue (a mellow, nutty, Roquefort-veined, semi-firm cheese), Rolitini (mozzarella rolled with prosciutto), smoked mozzarella, and silky, mellow fresh mozzarella.
Among our goat’s milk cheeses are: Eclipse (soft, ash-ripened), semi-soft Gavin’s Goat Milk Blue, Camembert, and innovative, delicious varieties of chevre.
Since 1890, when Christian Hansen began producing his cheese rennet in Little Falls, Hansen Island has been at the heart of Mohawk Valley manufacturing. From the first Junket products in 1934 to Salada’s move to the city in 1973 and Red Rose Tea’s arrival in 1988 the plant on the former “Lock Island” has grown to accommodate an ever-wider range of products. Red Rose’s black tea, Salada’s green and white teas, Teekanne’s herbal teas, and Junket’s dessert mixes and rennet products are the product of Mohawk Valley commitment and spirit. Redco Foods, Inc. is proud to call Little Falls home.
Wholesome – Nutritious – Natural – Artisan – Elegant. A family-run business, we take great pride in creating our recipes and selecting the purest ingredients to bring you a taste that is both unique and satisfying. Our crackers are perfect as an everyday snack or for the elegant party. We have a wide variety of options: savory, spicy, cheesy, vegan, wheat-free, and sweet. Find your flavors!
Saratoga Crackers are proudly featured in many “Taste NY” locations.
We offer our own pure NYS maple syrup along with many maple-related products: maple popcorn, fudge, candy, made-on-site cotton candy, baked goods, maple cream, sugar, seasonings, drop. Also homemade maple dog treats!
Sleepy Bear Apiary, St. Johnsville, NY
We have honey and honey products, as well as handmade soaps.
Our products bring the bounty of the season to your table! Our preserves are made in small batches of fresh ingredients and sugar. No pectin. No additives. No preservatives. Whenever possible, we grow, pick, or purchase locally the ingredients whose flavors sing out when a jar is opened. Delicious marmalades, jams, and more.
We are the largest farm winery in Northern New York State, located along the majestic St. Lawrence River on a historic 40-acre farmstead established in 1836. Among the cold-hardy grapes we grow are Frontenac, Frontenac Gris, Marquette, and La Crescent. We offer a wide range of red and white wines, including Chardonnay, Merlot, semi-dry Riesling, dessert wines and mead. We will be offering small tasting samples and selling bottled wines.
A family-run artisan cheese company, founded in 2009 with the goals of making great cheese and supporting Herkimer County’s dairy farmers. Our farmer’s high-quality milk, together with the creativity and hard work of our cheese-makers, creates unique and exclusive cheeses.
Offerings include a range of Havarti choices (classic Danish, dill, Italian herb with sun-dried tomatoes, jalapeno, habanero), Swedish farmer’s cheese, Norwegian nokkelost, Newporter (Swedish Farmer’s Cheese washed with Saranac Chocolate Porter), cascadita* (aged goat cheese based upon the Spanish cheese, Garrotxa).
We are proud to be part of the resurgence of local food produced in the Kuyahoora Valley.
* “cascadita” = is Spanish for…Little Falls! This delicious cheese is a must-try!
Our motto is “born in Italy—made in the Finger Lakes.”
Our cheese recipes have origins in the highly productive river valleys, plains, and mountain regions of Northern Italy. The Finger lakes Region of New York State has a very similar climate and forages to these regions. Our milk is sourced in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State bringing the traditional taste of Italy to your cheese board. Fresh + Local + Traditional
We keep bees, process honey, and make fine honey and beeswax products. Our products include: honey and hive products and creamed honey as well as soap.
Thanks to our goats, we bring you chevre in plain and flavored (garlic, horseradish, onion & chive, herb garden, fig and jalapeno, and more), hard goat cheese, as well as goat milk soap and skin products.
This year we are bringing bottled goat milk and goat milk yogurt.
Come by our booth for big cookies and baklava. We feature vegan and gluten-free cheese crackers, brownies and cookies.