Cal Poly's Dairy Products Technology Center celebrates 25 years this week

Cal Poly’s Dairy Products Technology Center celebrates 25 years of delicious milk, cheese and ice cream this week.

In a news release, director Phil Tong said the center wants to “honor the many accomplishments of the Dairy Products Technology Center over the past 25 years and acknowledge all those who made it possible, as well as provide a window into the future of the center.”

The festivities kick off Thursday with a mini-symposium on dairy products science and technology, 1:10 to 4:30 p.m. at the Pavilion at the Performing Arts Center.

On Friday, the center hosts an open house of its Mount Bishop Road facility from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. featuring tours, lab demonstrations, free Cal Poly ice cream and drawings for Cal Poly cheese gift packs.

Also on Friday, Food Network icon Alton Brown will speak at two events: a free students-only talk at 4 p.m. at the Cal Poly Recreation Center, and a ticketed talk at 8 p.m. at the Cohan Center. Best known as the James Beard Award-winning creator of “Good Eats,” the culinary science whiz is also the host of “Iron Chef America” and the author of several cookbooks.

The Dairy Products Technology Center wraps up the celebration Saturday with a family picnic on the lawn area just outside the center. Alumni and industry members are invited to attend the picnic, which is planned for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information, call 756-6101 or visit .