Harvest Workshops & Seminars

Join the Fun and Learn Something New!

Interested in learning about beer or cheese making? Then you won’t want to miss one of our Harvest Workshops (free with Gate Admission), where you can learn a few tricks of the trade. These mini workshops are designed to teach you the basics on harvesting at home.


Saturday, October 6 & Sunday, October 7


1:30 pm - Cheesy Beer School in Showcase Café

This year’s seminar line-up brings back the popular Cheesy Beer School (Sponsored by Oliver's Market and Lagunitas). Learn how to pair award winning beers from Lagunitas with delectable Sonoma County cheeses from Oliver’s Market during this fun and educational course.

Wade Johnson has been working in the cheese industry for 7 years. Wade has been learning the ways of a cheese monger at Oliver’s market through their wonderful cheese departments. He runs the gourmet cheese section in the Cotati store. Wade has a deep appreciation for all things cheese - the land, the animals, the farmers, the cheese makers, the cheese, the mongers and the cheese lovers. "Cheese and beer is a very exciting new idea that is growing and becoming more popular. Between the vast flavor profiles of cheese and also with beer the possibilities are unlimited." He is looking forward to running another cheese and beer workshop for the third year in a row.

Farm-to-Table Seminars

For a more in-depth experience, join one of the Farm-to-Table Seminars offering food and wine enthusiasts and beer and food enthusiasts the chance to take their knowledge to the next level. These fun and educational seminars last approximately 60 minutes and are the perfect start to a day of tasting. Learn from the experts by attending one of these educational seminars.

Tickets on sale in July!

2017 Workshop/Seminar Schedule

Saturday, October 6

11:30 am to 12:30 pm - Food and Beer Educational Seminar in Showcase Café

Madeline Kelley Stewart is a 2015 graduate of Johnson & Wales University, Providence Campus with a BS in Culinary Arts - Food Service Entrepreneurship. Not wanting to stop there and to broaden her knowledge of all beverage, she stayed a 5th year to take all the Beverage Science courses. Upon graduation, Madeline was awarded the prestigious Apprenti Cuisinier Award of Excellence for Beverage and Food Service Management.

Excited to join the family business as Chef and Innkeeper, Madeline brings 21st century inspired “down home cooking” to the family’s Kelley & Young Wine Garden Inn which is located at the crossroads of Sonoma & Mendocino Wine Country.

Madeline is involved with the local food scene, most recently as Sonoma County Harvest Fair Judge for the Appetizer & Small Plates Competition.

Sunday, October 7

11:30 am to 12:30 pm - Food and Wine Pairing Seminar in Showcase Café

Chef at Dutton Estate Winery in Sebastopol California, gardener and mentor chef with Ceres Project. Join Cynthia for a fabulous pairing of small plates with award winning Harvest Fair wines!