In our last dispatch, we left off at our visit to the Tillamook Forest Center. Today’s dispatch is all about cheese, more specifically, the Tillamook Cheese Factory! If you are ever in Western Oregon, this glorious cheese factory is a must see! Our family loves all kinds of cheese, but we really LOVE Tillamook Cheese.
The Tillamook Cheese Factory is open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas and is a working cheese factory.
When you first pull up the factory, you see this massive boat, called the Morning Star. You can read more about the story of the boat in the picture below.
There is a small walk-through museum of the Tillamook Company’s history and at the end there is a glorious sample table of all kinds of cheese.
We may or may not have taken a couple trips through the sample line. ?
Cheddar and more cheddar.
Yummy pepper jack.
After our cheese feast, we wandered up stairs to see the actual factory. But before you even see the factory, you see this ice cream stand. There were so many flavors to choose from.
But we were too full to indulge in ice cream.
There are two sides to the factory, one side there are these monster vats.
Here is a description of what happens on this side of the factory.
On the opposite side is where the blocks of cheese are cut. It was a beautiful sight to see the cheese marching its way through, starting as large blocks and ending up being packaged as small blocks.
This panel describes what actually occurs on this side of the factory.
After we were done being mesmerized by the cheese, we were hungry again. Luckily, it was supper time and they had a café with a menu based entirely around all the Tillamook cheese types.
We got a huge helping of delicious mac and cheese along with a side salad topped with cheddar.
We also got a grilled cheese with some of the awesome Tillamook cheddar and more salad topped with cheddar.
Even though we were stuffed to the gills, we did indulge in Tillamook ice cream for dessert. However, it was so yummy, we forgot to take a picture. ?