Last week I told you guys about our awesome non-skiing Ski Weekend. And, for me, one of the highlights was our adult-only visit to the FireFly Farms Creamery & Market. If you are heading to the Deep Creek Lake area, regardless of season, I highly recommend this local 2 hour adventure.
Nicole and I had done some research ahead of time because we knew we had to find activities and of course wine tasting was at the top of our list. We found FireFly Farms online and their website was very easy to navigate and explained what was to be expected during the Wine & Cheese Pairing Experience. You are even able to reserve your group’s spot online, but I also called to make sure everything went through ok. The Wine & Cheese Pairing included –
- 3 or 4 pairing combinations
- Beer pairings available as substitutions for wine
- Select charcuterie meats
- Nuts, olives, tapenades and antipasta items
- Crackers and fresh bread
- Bottled still or sparkling water
- Port and chocolate to finish
We chose to do the 4 pairing combination because, well, why not?!? This was our only time kidless so we were going to enjoy it!! And it gave us more variety with the wines and cheeses.
It’s a small market and our table was right in front of the cheese storage room. It felt intimate, not cramped.
Everything was set up for us when we arrived and we were so excited to dive in!!
The fact that we had a menu printed out was extremely helpful…there was no way to remember it all…especially after a couple of tastings 😉
Tyler was our “host” and was extremely knowledgable about the cheeses, the wines and was happy to give us his opinion.
We all loved #2 “Bloomy Breeze” (Brie) and were pleasantly surprised at how much we all enjoyed #1 “Chevre” (their goat cheese). The Chevre paired with the fig spread was DELICIOUS!!! I love most cheeses and truly enjoyed all 4 but if you aren’t a fan of Blue Cheese, you probably wouldn’t have been a fan of the “Black & Blue”
Tyler gave us tons of information about how the cheese is made, where it’s made and how long each one ages. Even if you are not ‘interested’ in making cheese, it was still enjoyable to hear while tasting.
Tyler also was not conservative. He never made us feel bad about a second glass of one or two wines we enjoyed. He also brought over extra cheeses because we had asked about the ones that were made with beer and whiskey…as you can see below, they just look interesting and were very tasty!!
We took a quarter of a pound of the Guinness infused cheese home (the one on the left)
We finished the Pairing Experience with Port and Chocolate.
Here’s a shot of us with Tyler after our tasting.
Here is where some of the cheese is made and where most of it is stored.
You also get 10% off anything you buy in the store on the same day of your tasting. We went home with some cheese and a slate to use for our charcuterie plates at home.
TFD (Tiffani’s Full Disclosure) – I did layer my Style Mafia Locka Shirt under my Black Turtleneck Sweater and rolled the sweater sleeves up so the striped bell cuffs popped out of the black sweater. I thouight it was a fun twist!!