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Hands-on cheesemaking workshop + milking demonstration (+baby animals!)

Bowie, Texas
  • Event date:
    April 21, 2024 at 2:30 PM
  • Event end:
    April 21, 2024 at 7:30 PM
  • Size
    12

Join Reviving Real Foods ranchers Kyle and Megan LaPointe for a cheesemaking workshop and milking demonstration, providing a full cow-to-table experience on Sunday, April 21, 2024. Reviving Real Foods Ranch in Bowie is one of DFW’s most popular market vendors, and is known for their regenerative methods and high-quality meat, dairy and eggs. There are only 12 spots available in this workshop, and it uses raw milk, as sold from point of production under Texas law. There are also brand new baby goats to cuddle!

This hands-on experience is for ages 12 and up and ideal for adventuresome foodies seeking the story and process behind local food. It is also appropriate for families looking to make memories together, homesteaders learning about small-scale production, or anyone curious about the people and animals who make your favorite fromage. A kid camp is also available for younger members for $25/child, including a variety of fun on the farm while parents or caregivers are learning how to make cheese (more details below).

The experience starts at 2:30 pm with a brief introduction and a milking demonstration with the farm’s mini Jersey cows and Nigerian dwarf goats. See the milking process in action, and learn how why the ranch chose these breeds for top quality milk and cheese. You will also see what is required to clean and sterilize milking equipment. Ask your questions, pet animals, and share an afternoon snack in the country air.

Next, the group will begin the cheese-making class, which will produce mozzarella and ricotta, and include a sampling of mozzarella for each person. The session will start with an overview of cheesemaking and the required equipment and supplies. Participants will then walk through the go through a step by step process of making the cheese by hand from scratch. By the end of the class you will have fresh mozzarrella and ricotta under the direction of a master cheesemaker with opportunities for hands-on work by the class. The class aims to prepare you to make cheeses at your home, so bring a notebook and take notes as the class proceeds. An optional take-home kit is also available with the basics to get you started making cheese at home.

Local wine and the ranch’s famous soups will be available for purchase. You’ll also see the ranch’s newly permitted Texas Foothills Distillery and hear a bit about their journey into producing sustainable beer, wine and spirits.

Want to visit the ranch outside at other times? Try the or the introduction to rotational grazing or sunset tour, offered Mondays through Saturdays.

Want to extend your stay? Book an overnight through Airbnb or Harvest Host.

TO BOOK: Select the total number of tickets needed for the cheesemaking class, then select the specific options you’d like to include in your experience. Confirm that the total price matches your expectations and submit your request. For any questions with booking, please reach to support@delveexperiences.com.

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Experience

  • 1 participant milking demonstration and cheesemaking workshop

    1 participant ages 12+ for the cheesemaking workshop and milking demonstration.

    $ 100.00
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Add-ons

  • 1 take-home cheesemaking kit

    Take-home kit including the basics to get you started making cheese at home, including raw milk, salts, citric acid, and rennet. Expected to yield 10 to 12 ounces package of mozzarella.

    $ 25.00
  • Kid camp (1 participant, ages 11 and under)

    Option for fun and learning on the farm while parents or caregivers are learning how to make cheese. Final activities will be customized to final group and ages, but may include a scavenger hunt, Goat Dress-up Challenge, animal petting time, and a craft such as painting a birdhouse. $25 per child covers the full 5-hour time block.

    $ 25.00

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Reviving Real Foods Ranch is located on 75 acres in picturesque rolling hills of the old Oak Savannahs of North Texas. All animals and food are grown using sustainable and restorative practices, grass fed and pasture raised.

The farm is also working to add a new addition with the Texas Foothills Distillery/Brewery/Winery. Leftover water will go to the animals and spent grains will be fed to the pigs, allowing all products to stay on site.