The Great Canadian Cheese Festival 2014

Wednesday, May 28, 2014


Come one, come all to The Great Canadian Cheese Festival!

Mark your calendars for the weekend of June 7-8 for an annual celebration of all things cheese.

{Georgs Kolesnikovs - The Official Cheese Head + Event Organizer}

Award-winning artisan and farmstead cheese from coast to coast will be showcased at the biggest cheese show in Canada held in the historic Crystal Palace in Picton, Ontario. This festival is an opportunity for cheese lovers, foodies and culinary tourists a chance to meet, learn, taste and buy the best in artisan, farmstead and specialty cheese. Consumers will be delighted with more than 125 different cheeses including Le Baluchon, the Cheese of the Year made by Fromagerie F.X. Pichet of Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pérade, Québec.

Don't forget to sample fine local wines, craft beers and artisan foods on site as well. You may just be overwhelmed by the gastronomic pleasures but your senses will thank you, though it's hard not to buy everything. (Be sure to bring cash!)

{Celtic Blue from Glengarry Fine Cheese}

{Enchanteuse from La Fromagerie des Folies Bergères}

In addition to cheese and more cheese, artisan foods and beverages, the Artisan Cheese & Fine Food Fair on Saturday and Sunday, June 7 and 8, features:

New for 2014: 

Sales of VQA wines by the bottle or case by wineries as part of the pilot project initiated by the Ontario government to promote locally-grown wines.

 Rest and recover from all the sampling in the Festival's new Presentation Pavilion while listening to local musicians.

New topics: 
Seminars in the All you Need Is Cheese® Annex presented by Dairy Farmers of Canada as a bonus feature of the Artisan Cheese & Fine Food Fair. Learn about the best in Canadian cheese at special presentations conducted by leading cheese educator Deborah Levy.

The Festival's own Cheese Dairy Farm will be featuring cows, goats, sheep and Yvette, the sweetest water buffalo you'll ever meet. (Trust me, it is fine!)

A Food Court featuring tasty eats prepared by Urban Herb, Picnic Food Truck and Seed to Sausage.

Sunday, June 8, is Family Day at the Cheese Fair with children admitted free when accompanied by an adult.

{Decadent goat cheese chocolates, goat butter caramel corn, smooth and rich caramel sauce, and salted, chocolate dipped goat milk caramels from Haute Goat}

{Morsel Desserts}

{Flavourful Preserves from Manning Canning}

{Goat cheese from Salt Spring Island Cheese Company}

{Dawson's Hot Sauce}

Cheese Fair adult admission includes:

- Access to all sponsors, exhibitors and vendors—with close to 200 products to sample
- 10 tasting tickets for cheese, artisan foods, wine and beer, valued at $10
- Souvenir Festival insulated bag for your purchases, valued at $10
- Glass for sampling wine, beer and cider
- Admittance on first-come, first-served basis to cheese seminars presented by Dairy Farmers of Canada
Festival Dairy Farm, Food court and FREE parking.

Advance ticket price is $36

At the event, the price is $45. There is no fee charged on online ticket purchases. Youth and child tickets for the Cheese Fair are available. All other Festival events are age of majority only.

The Tutored Tasting presentations include how to pair artisan cheese with wine, how to pair artisan cheese with beer and a three-hour marathon tasting billed as You Be The Judge: Taste and score the 16 best cheeses in the Canadian Cheese Awards to determine the People’s Choice for Canadian Cheese of the Year. Separate tickets required.

A few special events like Gastronomy on the Farm with Jamie Kennedy and Cooking with Cheese Class are sold out already. Still available are tickets for Tutored Tastings, Cheese Tours—one in Prince Edward County, the other in Bay of Quinte Region—and Makers+Mongers.

{Figaro & Citrus Ginger Marmalade from Seed to Sausage}

{Seed to Sausage}

Images from Food Gypsy, Choosy-Beggars, TGCCF.

For more information visit, www.cheesefestival.ca

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