Calling all cheese lovers!
Melt away all thoughts of your ‘to do’ list this weekend and head to Picton for the 2nd annual Great Canadian Cheese Festival. You will never have a weekend getaway like this. Hosted by Cheese Lover Productions, over 45 artisan cheesemakers from coast to coast will be there along with renowned Canadian celebrity chefs, cheese experts, winemakers , brewmasters & cider makers too.
Tuck in for a full day on Saturday or Sunday at the Artisan Cheese and Fine Food Fair located in the historic and picturesque Crystal Palace. Each table features a different cheesemaker offering chunks of cheeses to sample until your belly won’t take it any longer. Did I mention that over 125 cheeses will be showcased? That is quite a spread! During your delicious discovery to find your new favorite cheeses, nibble, meet & learn from the people who have hand crafted each round of cheese. They are more than likely the same person who milks the cows, goats & sheep too! To top it all off, you can purchase the cheese - now this gives a new meaning to buying local.
And when you need a break from all of the grazing, sampling & sipping, grab a seat in one of the tutored tastings to learn more about the artistry of cheese making from Canada’s top cheese experts including Savvy Company’s own Cheese Sommelier Vanessa Simmons.
Wine, beer and cider too goes great with cheese, so grab a glass to enjoy the flavours the combination makes. The Cooks & Curds gala on Saturday is an evening of gourmet dishes ladened with cheese created by Ottawa’s Chef Michael Blackie of the National Arts Centre and Chef Jamie Kennedy of Toronto along with six other chefs from British Columbia to Newfoundland. But there is not a ticket left for this one of a kind event!
Grab the kids – as they are welcome too – and head to Picton. It is only a 3 hour drive from Ottawa. Take the 401 straight there or take the scenic route along the Loyalist Parkway and take the Glenora Ferry (it's free) across & get a taste for Prince Edward County. I guarantee you will want to leave your to do list on the kitchen counter go back & explore more of ‘The County’ this summer.
Cheers & Enjoy!
More about the festival running June 1 – 3 at www.cheesefestival.ca