What a warm welcome I received last week at the new St‐Albert Cheese Co-operative – home of natural Canadian cheddar that has been produced on this very spot for 120 years. Amazingly this location has risen from its ashes two years to the day after the terrible fire that wiped it out on February 3rd 2013.
Are you a cheese fan? If so, stay tuned as we will be featuring them at select Savvy Events.
Bigger – and better – than before!
At the official opening on February 3rd this year – exactly 2 years to the day – The Co-op’s President, Ginette Quesnel, claimed that they are bigger, stronger and more determined than ever to continue the tradition of our ancestors by making the best cheese in the country.” It’s both bigger AND better than before with a new building of 75,000 square feet – its now 30% larger – a restaurant, a cheese store, a special spot for visitors to watch cheese production in action and coming soon a museum! I got the tour (and the curds!), so believe me there is so much more to see and do than before! Check out the new facility on their Facebook page or take a drive to the country and drop by in person.
It’s all about the community
St. Albert Cheese Co-operative is still owned by some thirty Eastern Ontario dairy producer families and as a local business they are so proud of all the support they have receive from the community and all their customers, especially over the last two years. People still flock from miles around to ensure they get their own personal supply of St. Albert cheddar. Interestingly, the locals prefer their cheddar not refrigerated. When I asked my tour guide what would happen to all that cheese on the table at the end of the day, he laughed and said it would all be gone by lunchtime!
According to their press release, St Albert has continued to win awards while rebuilding:
Grand Champion Cheddar 2014 at the British Empire Cheese Show
First prize for its extra mature cheddar.
Pop in for a visit!
Open to visitors seven days a week, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays to Wednesdays, and from 9 a.m. to 8p.m. Thursdays and Fridays.
For more information, go to www.fromagestalbert.com
St Albert at our Savvy Events
If you recently attended Savvy Company’s first Valentine’s event at the Diefenbunker Cold War Museum, you would have sampled some fine cheeses from Ontario & Quebec, including St. Albert Extra Old Cheddar, their signature curds & Montebello Blue Rebellion 1837 from Fromagerie Montebello. Stay tuned for more chances to try artisan cheese at our Savvy Events!