Posts Tagged ‘buying Ontario wines’

St Albert cheese back in biz

Posted by Amanda

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

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 LogoStAlberttwo 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!

Recent awards 

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

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!

St Albert making Curd

St Albert cheese on the shelf





Newsletter April 2014 -Tickets ON US to County in the City wine tasting

Posted by Debbie

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

It might be April’s Fools Day. . . but there’s no foolin’ around here!  The Savvy Team has been hard at work to line up the largest County in the City event that Ottawa has ever seen on Thursday April 10th. This Taste & Buy event features 15 wineries along with The County’s only craft brewery Barley Days Brewery & hard apple ciders made at The County Cider Company.

NEW this year! Cheesemakers from Black River Cheese & Fifth Town Artisan Cheese Co. along with hand made pasta from the region’s new Pasta Tavola will be treating you to gourmet goodies.

Buy 1 ticket & bring a friend – on us! 

We are so excited to host the biggest ever County in the City Taste & Buy event that we don’t want anyone in Ottawa to miss out. We’re not joking! This incredible ticket offer is only available when you buy a ticket for $55 on April 1 & 2. Buy yours now > >

How is this done? For each $55 ticket you purchase online before midnight on April 2nd at, we will email you a complimentary ticket for your friend. It is that easy!

Meet the cool people from The County. . .

Come & discover over 60 wines, craft beers & ciders that you won’t find at the LCBO. Order any combo of 12 bottles of your County favorites & shipping by courier is FREE. Cheese & pasta will be available for purchase onsite. Discover these delicious delicacies & get insider tips on ‘must visit places’ in The County from those who live there & are involved in growing the reputation of the region.

Here’s a list of all the wineries coming to County in the City:

Round up your friends & get your tickets!

Buy one ticket, you’ll get one ticket on us! Buy 2 tickets, we’ll give you 2 complimentary tickets for your friends. Hurry, this special offer runs out on April 2nd at midnight.

Buy your tickets now > >


Advance Tickets Only

Date: Thursday April 10

Time: 7 to 9 pm

Location: Canada Agriculture & Food Museum – on the Central Experimental Farm, Ottawa


More event info at

We look forward to seeing you at County in the City next week!

Debbie & the Savvy Team