Cheese...It's a natural!
This is the place to taste and buy artisan cheeses – all artisanal and lovingly handcrafted with milk from sheep, goat, cow and water buffalo. If you are looking for guidance, who better to ask than the cheesemakers themselves, who will be on hand to provide samples and advice.
Our cheesemakers will be joined by producers of specialty foods and food-related products. Think wine and spirits, craft cider and beer and add charcuterie, savoury crackers, jams, chocolates, preserves, oils, condiments, wooden cutting boards and more.
This is small batch production at its best, created by people who love what they do.
New! due to the growth of this event, we will be moving to Hassen Arena where we can host additional vendors, demonstrations and displays.
$5 pp - those attending will pick up a ‘cheese pass’ which will allow one complimentary tasting from each exhibitor until 3pm.
During the event, Cheese Poet David Beaudoin will host a ‘Cheese 101’ seminar in the morning and building on that, a 'Cheese & Brew' seminar in the afternoon.
Naomi with Birdsong Farm will also be hosting two cheese making demonstrations - start at home and you never know - could be a future BC Artisan Cheese maker in your midst!
Registration for the seminars will begin at 9:30am and be limited so register early!
Think you are the ‘big cheese’? Don’t miss the ‘Cheese ball ‘and ‘Grilled Cheese’ competitions. Amateur cheese ball entries will be accepted from 10 – 11am with judging at 11am. The amateur grilled cheese competition will begin at 11am. Winners of both the amateur and ‘Great Grilled Cheese Restaurant Challenge’ will be crowned ‘The Big Cheese’ at 2:45pm with bragging rights for an entire year!
Some great tasting and learning opportunities! Shuswap Organics Askew's Foods Natural Pastures Cheese Company Tanto Latte Cheese White Lake Organics Ltd. Farmstrong Cider Company Orchard Blossom Honey Baccata Ridge Winery Olive Us Oil & Vinegar Tasting Room Fairways Bistro & Catering Finca Las Margaritas Coffee Terroir Cheese Cornucopia Dairy Canadian Royal Antiques Post Carmelis Goat Cheese Artisan Angel Acres Country Store The Village Cheese Co., High Mountain Farm, Buy Local BC, Waterside Winery Birdsong Farm After Dark Distillery Ltd. Grass Root Dairies Wedge Cheesery
This event is made possible by: Dairy Farmers of Canada, BC Milk, VantageOne Credit Union Armstrong, our amazing volunteers and ‘slow food’ producers!