Every other year, California Women for Ag install a new president for a two year term. This year, our home-town of Petaluma's own, Lynn Figone, has become the new CWA President. The CWA weekend long convention kicked off with a tour this past Friday. A bus was chartered, 56 CWA members boarded and off we went to our first stop on the tour.
The Petaluma Creamery.
There were no pictures allowed in the creamery building itself, for safety reasons. But we did learn all about how cheese was produced this past Friday. The Petaluma Creamery has a retail store next door to their creamery where they sell their cheese, homemade ice cream, and sandwiches for lunch and other treats. If you're interested in scheduling a tour for yourself, just contact them and they'll be able to help you with that.
Our second stop of the tour was at Dairydell canine dog training, boarding and doggie day care facility. Owner, Camilla Gray Nelson, grew up on this re purposed dairy farm and has over 50 years experience with animals and has trained, bred and shown dogs since 1989.
It was so very interesting to hear Camilla's story about growing up on the family dairy farm and then being able to keep the farm and following her passion for dog training and authoring her book, Lipstick and the Leash.
The final stop at the end of Friday afternoon was enjoyed at Lagunitas Brewing Company and Beer Sanctuary, where we enjoyed a pleasant almost 70 degree afternoon sampling the likes of Little Sumpin' Sumpin', Hairy Eyeball and Imperial Stout while snacking on very enjoyable trays of panini sandwiches that were being served.
After the tasting lesson, a tour of the brewery began before everyone boarded the bus back to the host hotel.
The Lagunitas Beer Sanctuary and Tap Room are open daily with food, drinks and weekly entertainment. A great way to end your day or get the weekend started. I highly recommend!