Visitor Center

Best Stop on the Way to Yosemite Tour, Taste, Shop, Eat & Special Events

Monday - Friday
7:00 am to 6:00 pm
Closed major holidays Corporate: 8901 North Lander Ave. Visitor Center: 9001 North Lander Ave. Hilmar, CA 95324 800.577.5772

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Upcoming Events

01 2022
The Visitor Center is open from 10am-2pm every Saturday with the Public Ice Cream Making Tour at 11am.

Tour, Taste, Shop, Eat, & Special Events

Free samples and delicious food - cafe, espresso, ice cream and gift shop. Too far away to visit? Take our virtual tour:

Enjoying Cheese

Health Benefits

Cheese is an excellent source of calcium, and a good source of protein and phosphorus. Cheese contributes 27% of the calcium, 11% of the phosphorus, 9% of protein, and 9% of the vitamin A in the U.S. food supply.


Always keep cheese tightly wrapped and sealed, and stored in the refrigerator. Prolonged exposure to air dries out cheese. Cut only what you need from a piece, wrap tightly and return the rest to the refrigerator. If you see a small spot of mold on a large piece of cheese, remove the mold by trimming away the entire section and discard. Thoroughly moldy pieces should be discarded entirely.


When cooking, turn down the heat. Most varieties respond best to low and medium temperatures for just a short time, only long enough to melt and blend. Shred or grate your cheese before cooking for even blending. For sauces, add it as the last ingredient and heat only long enough to melt. And, if using it as a topping, add the cheese a few minutes prior to removing from the oven, to avoid burning.


Weight is the best method to measure cheese for use in recipes. Four ounces of natural cheese equals one cup of shredded cheese. One ounce of cheese equals ¼ cup of shredded cheese.


Hilmar Cheese Company has a long-term commitment to improve lives around the world by being a leading producer of wholesome dairy products. To do this, people need to understand how we produce food. We invest in agricultural education. Since inception, we have been open for tours and community visits. In 1998, a Visitor Center was built to invite more people to learn about the California dairy industry and Hilmar Cheese Company. Learn more about dairy and processing with the links below.

Links to Learn More

Closed on Major Holidays

  • New Year's Day
  • Easter Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day