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The Great Canadian Cheese Festival Preview 2015

Several of you must know that cheese is my weakness: old, aged, smoked, soft, cream, the list goes on! I can never go back to processed cheese or mild tasting ones either. I relish in the sharp distinct taste some cheeses hold and paired with the right wine or food, life is complete. But you may be asking, why all the cheese talk?

Well I had the lovely opportunity to attend an event that was organized at Chien Noir Bistro in downtown Kingston to preview and kick-off the upcoming, The Great Canadian Cheese Festival which is less than a month away in Prince Edward County on June 6 and 7! Some great local producers gathered together along with local media, bloggers and special guests to sample delicious food and drinks.

A few snapshots from the afternoon:

{Canadian Cheeses}

{Empire Cider}

{Empire Cider & Chien Noir's sous chef Eric's grill cheese dish}

2015 Canadian Cheese Grand Prix 'Grand Champion' 

{Laliberté of Fromagerie du Presbytère}

Prince Edward County Rye is a rustic, healthy bread made with locally grown grain by Stonemill Bakehouse.

{Prince Edward County Rye}

Urban Hippie Granola, based in Ottawa provides small-batch, handmade artisan granola made with sulfite-free dried fruit, raw and organic seeds and without nuts.

{Urban Hippie Granola} 

{Urban Hippie Granola rolled in chèvre}

Meow Thats Hot Hotsauce is also based in Ottawa and is all about natural hot sauces made with local fruits and vegetables whenever possible.

{Meow! That's Hot. Hotsauce}

Also in attendance were:

Kingston Olive Oil Company based in Kingston and Picton, serves olive oils made with olives grown and pressed by small artisans and farmers from around the world, imported seasonally according to the crush date.

Craft beer from MacKinnon Brothers Brewing. Their ancestors settled a farm in Bath in 1784 and now these young MacKinnon brothers have planted hops and malting barley and are making beer right where the ingredients are grown.

Huff Estates Winery of Prince Edward County sampled fine wine which Huff sommelier Brian Hanna paired to the cheese on offer at the preview. 

The Great Canadian Cheese Festival- the the biggest artisan cheese show in Canada—takes place Saturday and Sunday, June 6 and 7, in Picton, Ontario, at the Fairgrounds. 

See you in the beautiful Prince Edward County also known as the "Gastronomic Capital of Ontario" by The Globe and Mail.

For more information and tickets, visit www.cheesefestival.ca
Rosalyn Gambhir
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