Whether you live in Canada or are visiting, and love cheese, you’ll want to visit one of the events mentioned here. You’ll be able to sample some of the most mouthwatering artisan cheeses and take home a selection to try.
The Great Canadian Cheese Festival
The Great Canadian Cheese Festival is held every year in Oregon. It first took place in June 2010 and is a celebration of some of the best artisan cheesemakers and food producers. Whether you’re a professional cheesemaker or just love cheese, you’ll be able to meet and get to know some of Canada’s best producers. They have cheese tasting, seminars where you can learn all about the different types of cheeses, as well as demonstrations. They even have a celebrity chef every year.
As well as cheeses, you’ll find a whole range of wines and spirits. There are also jams, chocolates, shortbreads, and every other handmade delicacy you can think of. Plus, you’ll find a selection of arts and crafts as well. The festival lasts for 2 whole days, and tickets should be bought in advance.
The Annual Oregon Cheese Festival
The annual Oregon Cheese Festival takes place in March 2020 and is a farmer’s market-style event. You’ll be able to sample a whole range of artisan cheeses to delight your palate. You’ll also find a wide range of different speciality foods, as well as wines. This cheese festival is held at the Rogue Creamery and is a two-day weekend event. You can either buy tickets in advance or at the door on arrival.
The Canadian Cheese Rolling Festival
The Canadian Cheese Rolling Festival is a fun event for all the family. It takes place in Whistler and features uphill cheese wheel rolling that kids will love to take part in. The main cheese rolling event involves a crowd of people chasing an 11-pound wheel of cheese downhill to the finish line! It’s great fun, and there’s an Après Cheese Party to look forward to afterwards.
There are plenty more fun things to keep the kids entertained, including face painting and pin the tail on the cow. Of course, the main feature is the wonderful variety of Canadian cheeses on offer. They’re all made from 100% Canadian milk by local cheesemakers. You can also attend a complimentary seminar to learn about different cheeses. Learn how to make delicious cheesy treats at one of several cookery classes.
Ottawa’s Artisan Cheese Festival
Ottawa’s Artisan Cheese Festival is an annual event and takes place at the Canada Agriculture & Food Museum situated at Ottawa’s experimental farm. Savvy Company hosts the event which provides a showcase for talented cheesemakers. You can sample these delicious cheeses and take your favorites home. Seminars will be available for those keen to learn about artisan cheeses, as well as entertainment and live music. Ottawa’s Artisan Cheese Festival is both an indoor and outdoor event. It takes place over one day and starts at 10.00 am.
The Montreal Cheese Festival
The Montreal Cheese Festival takes place in the center of this beautiful city every February. Montreal is famous for its award-winning cheeses with over 450 varieties, and you get to sample over 60 different Quebec cheeses. There are also alcohol cheese pairings available with pre-purchased coupons.