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The Great Canadian Cheese Festival

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With apologies to those unlucky enough to be refraining from cheese:

This year’s Great Canadian Cheese Festival kicks off this week-end in beautiful Prince Edward County. Anyone who reads our blog knows how much we at foodiePrints love Prince Edward County, source of some of our favourite wines and goodies. Every year, the sweet town of Picton, PEC, becomes the cheese capital of Canada. There you will find untold dairy delights: from soft creamy gooey Chèvre à ma manière from Quebec to sharp aged Old Grizzly Gouda from Alberta with a sidetrip to Dragon’s Breath blue cheese from Nova Scotia. Truly a mouse’s heaven!

The Festival is held at the Picton Fair Grounds on Saturday and Sunday June 7th and 8th. You can wander the fairgrounds and meet cheese-makers from across the country or attend seminars such as “Cheese 101” and “The Rapture of Rinds”. A variety of ticket options are available for purchase on-line (with a 20% discount until Friday evening) or at the fair. Be sure to check out our friends from Seed to Sausage who will be there with their amazing charcuteries, or try Le Baluchon, winner of Canadian Cheese of the Year for 2014.

Le Baluchon

Le Baluchon

Dragon's Breath of the best kind of dragon!

Dragon’s Breath of the best kind of dragon!

The Beau and I attended the Festival two years ago and, try as we might, could not manage to try all of the cheese. But, believe me, dear reader, we did try. The good news for those not able to scarf down all of the goodies, many are available for purchase at the Festival and we came home in a car laden down with cheese, pickled veggies, breads and, of course, wine from various PEC wineries.

If you do head to the Great Canadian Cheese Festival, be sure to wander round PEC, take in an outdoor movie at the Mustang Drive-In and be sure to try the “braised rabbit and gnocchi” at Blumen Garden Bistro (bunnies on pillows of heaven). If you,re heading there for the week-end, The Beau and I recommend Angeline’s with its gorgeous suites in the Victorian house or cute as button rooms in the recently renovated Walter Economy, Picton’s first motel (very vintage).

All you need is a cracker (or a spoon)

All you need is a cracker (or a spoon)

With so many places to stay, food and wine to taste, without forgetting the cheese, why not head down to Picton this week-end?

Great Canadian Cheese Festival
Where: Picton Fair Ground, Picton, Ontario
Dates: June 7 & 8, 2014
Times: Various
Cost: Various

Although trained as a sommelier, I pay my bills working as an IT consultant. I love what I do for a living and keep wine as my hobby. As it looks bad if you only drink, I have occasionally been known to eat as well. Growing up on four different continents, I love to cook and appreciate the cuisines of the world. But wine is my passion. With a well-stocked cellar, I am always on the hunt for new wines and love hearing from people about their latest find or interesting pairing. My approach to wine: Drink what you like. Wine reviews need not be stuffy. Numerical ratings are meaningless. If it tastes good, drink it! If you don’t like it, then it’s not the wine for you.