Free grilled cheese and ice cream? Yup – you read that right. Read on, my friend — read on.
For the next three days only, Friday to Sunday (March 13-15), San Francisco has the honor of hosting Tillamook from Oregon. We all know about Tillamook cheese. Anyone who loves cheese knows their cheese, and EVERYONE who has set foot in Oregon has seen, heard of or tasted Tillamook cheese products.
But at this three-day only popup in San Francisco, you get to taste all of the other dairy products that Tillamook makes that I didn’t even know they made!
Last night, I attended the media event and launch party for the Tillamook Farmers’ Market popup in San Francisco, being hosted at a really great space called Shindig on Irving Street. The location was basically perfect for this popup, and wine and beer was everywhere, being poured generously and frequently.
With various local partners, Tillamook is featuring their cheese with local wines, and honey from Bay Area Bee Company, and frutis from FarmBox SF. The various pairings were all delightful, but my favorite, hands down, was the hot habanero cheese with the 2012 Alban Vineyard Viognier — which was like a match made in heaven.
Over this weekend, the Tillamook Farmers’ Market will be offering tastings of all of their products along with free grilled cheese sandwiches and ice cream for all. They’ll have product giveaways, and various events going on through the day — including a special event each evening shown on the website.
To give you an idea of what the grilled cheese looks like:
The sandwiches are freshly griled and brought out through the entire day for all visitors. The melting cheese is a sight to behold, but the bread is also quite fantastic. I tasted one only to save some room to visit all of the cheese stations and ice cream, but Mr. K says he had four. The wonderful Tillamook staff kept on offering more and more.
If it were left to me, this popup would become a permanent location in San Francisco. The great products that Tillamook offers with their focus on remaining natural in all that they do is perfect for San Francisco (almost as much as Oregon). The ice cream rivals any that we have in San Francisco, where lines form out the door. The ice cream is thick, creamy and full of flavor — and you can taste the true “wholesome” goodness in this. I’m not sure how to put this…but it tastes ridiculously fattening yet doesn’t make you feel guilty for devouring the whole cone — does that make sense? Tillamook products just taste the way that dairy product were meant to taste.
Factor in the warm staff from Tillamook, and I’m close to begging for them to stay!
This weekend, make sure to taste Tillamook yogurt. The farmstyle Green yogurt is outstanding. The tartness you associate with yogurt is minimal; it’s more creamier than tart. The flavors shine in each one with organic strawberries, or a new coffee one where I’d swear this caffeine in this because I’d swear the flavor came from freshly roasted coffee beans. You don’t ordinarily want to mix coffee and yogurt, but when yogurt is this creamy, it’s a wonderful combination.
The sour cream used in the dips that were offered at the Tillamook Farmers’ Market Launch Party was also amazing. This was the first thing I grabbed when deciding which products to take home to use.
And knowing I grabbed sour cream and cheese, you should know there’s Mac and Cheese in my near future.
Take the kids, grab the friends and head to the Inner Sunset this weekend for a great time. With unlimited free grilled cheese sandwiches and fantastic ice cream for all — there’s no reason to miss this experience. They’ll also be giving away tokens for free products from their full line of products.
The San Francisco Tillamook Farmers’ Market is taking place at 403 Irving Street, Friday to Sunday from 9am-8pm. Every evening from 5-8PM, they’ll be holding a special event including affogato with Tillamook ice cream or making building your own ice cream sandwich. Tweet them at @TillamookCheese with any questions!
Have a GREAT time!
Here’s how to get there, in case you don’t know San Francisco: