If you like cheese, you will love the sixth edition of The Great Canadian Cheese Festival — now the biggest artisan cheese show in North America. With so much happening though, it’s hard to pick just one thing to see! Here’s the 10 things we’re most excited for this year.
1 | The Raclette Rave
Seven delicious award-winning cheeses will be on the raclette grills for your enjoyment on Saturday evening. Party hosted by Waupoos Estates Winery, Barley Days Brewery, 401 Cider Brewery and Clafeld Fruit Winery & Cider House.
2 | Be Jamie Kennedy’s Dinner Date
Enjoy a sparkling wine reception overlooking the vineyard, then stroll across a field to an unforgettable dinner cooked by Feast On Chef Jamie Kennedy in the barn gallery.
3 | Free curds!
Thanks to St. Albert Cheese Co-op, the first 1,000 ticket holders admitted on Saturday, June 4, will enjoy a sample package of freshly made cheese curds. Soft and creamy, St. Albert curds have a delightful squeaky sound when chewed.
4 | The Not-So-Cheesy Tunes
This year, they’ve added some sweet tunes to the entertainment line-up. The Starpainters are joining the bill on Saturday and Sunday. Check out a sample here.
5 | Serious Gouda Cider
We all know wine pairs pairs brilliantly with cheese — but have you tried it with Ontario cider? This is your chance! 401 Cider Brewery, Empire Cider, Ironwood Hard Cider, Brickworks Ciderhouse and Clafeld Fruit Winery & Cider House will be pouring both days.
6 | Goat Milk Caramels and Stone Ground Chocolate
The list of vendors in the artisan market seems to grow everyday — but we were hooked the second Northumberland’s Haute Goat (and their delicious caramels!) and Chocosol Traders made the list.
7 | Race To The Ooey-Gooey Finish Line
The first 1000 people through the door on Sunday get to sample grilled cheeses from four chefs — including Eric Brennan from Feast On Certified Le Chien Noir Bistro — as they compete head to head on who can pump them out the fastest!
8 | Tour The Bay
This year, they’ve added a Friday tour of Quinte Region cheesemakers to the roster of events. It will take you to a dairy farm, a pioneering water-buffalo dairy farm, a museum of agricultural heritage, Farmtown Park and two award-winning cheese producers.
9 | Classes You Won’t Want To Cute
There’s a number of great classes scheduled through the weekend in the “All You Need Is Cheese® Annex” including craft beer & cheese pairing with Muskoka Brewery, and a Charcuterie workshop with Seed to Sausage.
10 | Did we mention cheese?
There’s a ton of cheesemakers from across Canada coming this year, including Ontario favorites like Best Baa Dairy, Gunn’s Hill Artisan Cheese, Back Forty Cheese, Mountainoak Cheese, Cross Wind Farm, Glengarry Fine Cheese, Bushgarden Farmstead Cheese ans more! Bonus: super hard to get (unless you’re lucky enough live in The County) cheese from Lighthall Vineyards & Dairy will be there all weekend.