Artisan Cheese
Artisan Cheese

Great news! There are three exciting wine and cheese events coming up this month, and I’ve got tickets to give away for one of them! Read on for more details.

On Wednesday, May 18th, Savvy Company is holding a Quebec Artisan Cheese Tasting at Thyme and Again in Westboro. Tickets are $60 each, and there are only a couple seats left, so you’ll need to act fast if you want to go.

On Wednesday, June 1st, Savvy Company is also holding a Taste and Buy event with the Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake. The event is taking place at the National Arts Centre’s Terrace Tent, with 26 wineries showcasing their latest releases of wine. Tickets are $45 when purchased before May 20th. Sounds like a great way to spend a Wednesday evening!

And finally, the Great Canadian Cheese Festival is being held in Prince Edward County from June 3rd-5th. From the festival’s website:

For the first time in Canada, The Great Canadian Cheese Festival brings together the country’s leading cheesemakers from coast-to-coast so cheese lovers can meet to learn, talk, taste and buy the best in artisan, farmstead and specialty cheese—and sample fine wine, craft beer and artisanal foods.

Last week I attended a media launch in Ottawa for this event, and got a preview of what attendees will be enjoying at the festival. Delicious samples included chutney from Major Craig’s (an Ottawa company), craft beer from Beau’s Brewery (in Vankleek Hill), cheese from Ontario and Quebec, and wine from Karlo Estates, one of Prince Edward County’s newest wineries. These are just a few of the vendors who will be at the event.

The Great Canadian Cheese Festival has events on all 3 days, but I’d like to highlight two in particular. The first is the All-Day Cheese Tour on Friday, June 3rd. Attendees will visit Black River Cheese and Fifth Town Artisan Cheese, with stops at cow and dairy goat farms along the way. Having spent the last year digging up almost every agritourism opportunity in the Ottawa region, I can tell you that working dairy farms are rarely open to the public, due to the need for a bio-secure environment. So this is a very special and rare type of tour, one that makes it worth it to take Friday off work to attend (and who doesn’t like taking Friday off anyway?)

The other event I want to highlight is the Cheese Fair and Artisan Food Market on Sunday, June 5th. This family-friendly event will feature over 100 cheeses, County wine and Ontario craft beer, and artisanal foods from Ontario producers. Tickets are $40 ($30 in advance), but one lucky reader of this blog will win 2 FREE tickets!

Here’s how to enter to win:

Leave a comment below, with the name of your favourite Canadian cheese, preferably with the company name, but even just the type of cheese is fine too. I will randomly select the winner from the entries. This is an $80 value, and you have a very good chance of winning!

The last day to enter will be Tuesday, May 17th. I will announce the winner on the 18th.

To reduce spam on this blog, I moderate all comments. So it may take up to a day for your comment to appear, but rest assured, you have been entered!

Special thanks to Odonata Marketing and The Great Canadian Cheese Festival for supplying the tickets for this giveaway!

And the winner is… Troy Stewart! Congratulations Troy! Odonata Marketing will be in touch with you to give you your tickets.

Thank you to everyone who entered the contest. So many great cheese suggestions to check out! As for myself, I think my favourite is the smoked cheddar from Maple Dale Cheese. But it’s a close tie with the goat feta from Fromageries les Folies Bergères in Quebec.