Live | Oct 1-4, 2022




Live | OCT 1-4, 2022

Hans – Peter Bachmann

Petra Mohar

Žiga Zwitter

Monika Ravnik

Barbara Horvatinović

Anđelka Pejaković

Anđelka Pejaković

Diego Rinallo

Jana Vilman

About the meeting

The Slovenian Association of farm cheesemakers invites you to join farm and artisan cheesemakers from all over Europe who will gather in Slovenia, in the foothills of the Julian Alps, for the 12 th  annual FACE meeting.

There are many reasons to attend the 12 th annual FACE meeting in Slovenia: to learn about new insights into the cheese and dairy profession, to present professional and scientific developments, and to meet and have in-depth discussions with farmers and artisanal cheesemakers from many European countries. All these are precious sources of information, new ideas, and an indispensable way of bringing together those who strive to make better products, preserve and enrich traditions, improve knowledge, and innovate. Furthermore, European farmers and artisanal cheese makers want to create a supportive environment for our work, contributing to the preservation and development of Europe’s countryside.

3 Days

8 Speakers

Theme & Schedule

The themes of this year’s expert meeting will be very diverse, ranging from technological to historical, but all share the ultimate goal of preserving traditional cheeses. The FACE meeting will conclude with a round table on-mountain cheeses, focusing on the distinction between authentic mountain cheeses and those that share only a name with the former. Participants will discuss how to protect the name ‘mountain cheese’ and the legislation that often puts cheese made on mountains at a disadvantage regarding marketing outside mountain dairies.


1. October

Excursion to Soča Valley

Excursion to highland and mountain farms in Soča Valley, where milk is processed into first-class cheeses and other dairy products, and the Planika cooperative dairy in Kobarid. Tastings of dairy products at the farms and traditional lunch at Planika Dairy.


2. October

9:00 – 11:00

FACE Annual Assembly

11:00 – 11:30

Coffee break

11:30 – 12:30

Presentation of the videos submitted to the contest and the award ceremony

12:30 – 13:30

Standing buffet


Excursion to Bohinj and its surroundings

Visit the Zajavornik mountain with cheese tasting and visit of the cheese farm near Bohinj.



Reception under the stars with the farmers market and live music in the Hotel Bohinj.


3. October

FACE conference


8:30 – 9:30

Registration of the participants

9:30 – 10:15

Welcome speaches

10:15 – 11:00


Speaker: Hans-Peter Bachmann, Ph.D. Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER), Agroscope, Research division «Foodmicrobial systems», Switzerland

Influence of the microbiome on the quality and safety of Raclette du Valais AOP cheese: Current findings and a look back at the last 150 years.

11:00 – 11:30

Coffee break

11:30 – 12:30


Speaker: Petra Mohar Lorbeg, PhD, B.Sc. Food Technol., Institute of Dairy Science and Probiotics, Slovenia

Tailor-made starter cultures for traditional Slovenian cheeses

Speaker: Žiga Zwitter, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts, Department of History

From historical examples to history-inspired sustainable innovation: What can we learn from the environmental history of species-rich meadows in the Alps for sustainable meadow management and cheese making



Lunch with a plate of European cheeses and mingling with journalists



Speaker: Monika Ravnik, Author of Specification for Mohant

Mohant cheese from Bohinj with Protected Designation of Origin (PDO)

Speaker: Anđelka Pejaković, dipl. ing. agr., Ministry of Agriculture of Croatia

Croatian mountain cheese – cheese in a sack

Speaker: Barbara Horvatinović Ministry of Agriculture of Croatia

Croatian mountain cheese – cheese in a sack

Speaker: Diego Rinallo, Ph.D. - Associate Professor of Marketing, lifestyle research centre, emlyon business school

Cheese wars: The death and resurrection of Historical Bitto

Speaker: dr. Jana Vilman, Tourism Bohinj

Influence of the concept of collective brands on the overall quality of the local offer

16:00 – 16:30

Coffee break

16:30 – 18:00

Round table »Mountain cheeses«



Gala diner in Hotel Bohinj


4. October

3 rd Slovenian Cheese Festival, Brdo pri Kranju (Predoslje)

3-day program

250 € per person

3-day program

1. 10. - 3. 10. 2022

Two excursions & FACE conference

Max 100 participants

A gift for you

Ticket to the 3 rd Slovenian cheese festival (4. 10. 2022)

2-day program

170 € per person - early bird discount

After 31. 8. 2022 the price of the program is 220 €

2-day program

2. 10. - 3. 10. 2022

One excursion & FACE conference

A gift for you

Ticket to the 3 rd Slovenian cheese festival (4. 10. 2022)

1-day program

80 € per person

1-day program

3. 10. 2022

Participate in FACE conference

A gift for you

Ticket to the 3 rd Slovenian cheese festival (4. 10. 2022)

Our Sponsors

Would you like to support us as a sponsor, donator or supporting member?

Plevnik is the general sponsor of FACE MEETING