Vermont's finest cheesemakers gathered at Shelburne Farms in Shelburne, Vt., on Aug. 23 for the first-ever Vermont Cheesemakers Festival, a celebration of artisan cheeses, beer, wine and food from Vermont and nationwide.

The sold-out event brought in 1,000 attendees who came for the day-long festival to sample the more than 100 available cheeses; attend cheesemaking seminars and cookbook signings; and try some artisanal beer, wine, chocolate, baked goods, ice cream and meats made by small producers from around the country. Because of the success of this year's event, a spokesperson told Chef Magazine that plans are under way to host the one-day festival again next year. The event was presented by the Vermont Butter & Cheese Co., Vermont Cheese Council and The Vermont Institute for Artisan Cheese. Below are some images capturing the event, courtesy of Vermonth Cheesemakers Festival/Adeline Druart.

A selection of Bijou cheese from Vermont Butter & Cheese Co. is displayed at the festival.

Jon Wright of Taylor Farm pauses at his booth for a refreshment.

A view from inside the Vermont Cheesemakers Festival exhibition hall in Coach Barn.

Attendees visit with a calf at the festival.

No one left the festival hungry, with more than 100 cheese samples available throughout the day.