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|The Cheese is Back in Bandon|
On my first trip to Bandon over 10 years ago, I visited the Bandon Cheese Factory for the first time. I visited dozens of times after that first taste of curd. But, shortly after moving to Bandon, the Bandon Cheese factory was purchased by Tillamook Cheese and shortly after that, Tillamook closed the doors on cheese-making in Bandon.
That was truly a sad day for everyone in Bandon. And for years afterwards tourists would come back to Bandon and the first thing they would ask is, “Where is the cheese factory?”, or “What happened to the cheese?”
Well, after a long hiatus from cheese-making, Bandon is back in the cheese business with the new Face Rock Creamery opening formally today.
After final approval from the Oregon Agriculture Department, the first batch of Bandon cheese was produced at the Face Rock Creamery in April. Curds will be available in unflavored, jalapeno and garlic and fromage blanc. Cheddar cheese will come in straight-up cheddar and garlic. Various other cheese types will be available in the near future as well as some offerings from other Oregon and local cheese makers.