Goatstravaganza II !!

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Tonni checks out the scene in front of Rabelais Books in Portland, Maine, site of Goatstravaganza II, a book event and so much more...
Tonni checks out the scene in front of Rabelais Books in Portland, Maine, site of Goatstravaganza II, a book event and so much more...

What do you get when you combine a book signing, cheese tasting, goat meat hors d’oeuvres, goat art and live goats? Goatstravaganza, of course! Goatstravaganza II (subtitled “Return of the Kid” by Samantha Hoyt Lindgren of Rabelais, hosts of the event) turned out to be a splendid afternoon. The food was great. Aurora Provisions cooked up some delicious Spiced Chevon Beggar’s Purses (the recipe is included in Living With Goats – p. 159). We put out 3 aged hard cheeses (all raw milk) – a gouda aged about 1 month, Ten Apple Farm Mon-Cha-Cha (manchego) aged 2 weeks and a Mon-Cha-Cha aged 4 1/2 months. We also put out a selection of fresh (raw milk!) chevres, and a sweet chevre spread flavored with heavy cream, honey and lavender. The walls were decorated with small framed prints of some photographs from the book, not to mention three beautiful goat paintings by our friend and artist, Carolyn Miller, inspired by goats she saw on a recent trip to Sicily. Margaret was signing books inside the store. But for many, the main attraction was out front on the sidewalk. The two newest members of our herd, doelings Toka and Tonni, a black and white Alpine and an all white half Alpine half Saanan, were the real stars of the show, it seemed. They slowed many a car and cyclist passing by, and delighted any pedestrian lucky enough to take a stroll down Middle Street in Portland on Sunday.

Margaret signs copies of the new book, Living With Goats
Margaret signs copies of the new book, Living With Goats

A selection of some of our aged raw milk cheeses, a gouda, and the Ten Apple Farm Mon-Cha-Cha
A selection of some of our aged raw milk cheeses, a gouda, and the Ten Apple Farm Mon-Cha-Cha
Charlotte and Bea keep Tonni company out front
Charlotte and Bea keep Tonni company out front
Carolyn Miller's beautiful paintings of Italian goats
Carolyn Miller's beautiful paintings of Sicilian goats
Toka and Tonni make some new canine friends
Toka and Tonni make some new canine (and human) friends
Say Cheese! A couple of passersby get their picture taken with Tonni
Say Cheese! A couple of passersby get their picture taken with Tonni
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Author: karl