This Unique Cheese Factory Tour In Northern California Is A Foodie’s Paradise
Who doesn’t love cheese? If you’re serious about cheese then you’ll want to plan a visit to Hilmar Cheese Company stat. This unique cheese factory not only gives you an insider’s look into the mysterious process of cheese-making, but it also happens to contain a little cafe where you can indulge in your love for all-things-dairy. The next time you find yourself passing through Hilmar, stop by this hidden gem of a factory for an experience you’ll never forget.
Cheese lovers will be delighted to know that hiding in the town of Hilmar is the world's largest cheese and whey factory—Hilmar Cheese Company.
Tours are a huge part of the cheese factory. Guests travel from all over the state to get an insider's glimpse at the inner workings of a cheese factory, and they don't leave disappointed.
Tours are free of charge and contain a plethora of information about how dairy treats are made. On the tour you'll participate in fun activities such as making ice cream and "milking" a mechanical cow.
The highlight of the tour is getting a glimpse at the actual cheese factory workers at work. You can take a look through the gigantic windows and actually see the cheese-making process in motion.
The tour contains a variety of interactive exhibits that really make this a memorable experience. Through a viewing window you can even watch the employees package a 640 lb. block of cheese—it's what they call "the big cheese".
When it comes to cheese, this place know their stuff. Hilmar Cheese Company was originally founded back in 1984 and they maintain an intense passion for making delicious cheese to this day.
You'll receive free samples of cheese while on the tour but you're bound to be hungry after learning all about cheese. Stop by their quaint cafe for a cup of Peet's coffee and a quick bite to eat.
The cafe definitely doesn't have a shortage of cheese-related dishes. Try a cup of their famous cheese chowder soup, a grilled cheese sandwich, and some cheese pie!
Afterwards, be sure to peruse the small gift shop where you can purchase your own cheese and a bottle of wine to enjoy at home.
You'll find the Hilmar Cheese Company at 9001 Lander Ave, Hilmar, CA 95324. For more information about tours, visit their website
What do you think? Would you take this cheese factory tour? I know I would! Northern California is just full of scrumptious factory tours. Did you know you can also take a
chocolate factory tour here in Northern California?