Cheese, cheese and more cheese!
Beginning at 10am November 4th, cheesemakers, artisan food producers and small-batch wineries will provide samples and information at Centennial Hall in Armstrong. Those attending will pick up a ‘cheese pass’ which will allow one complimentary tasting from each exhibitor until 2pm. Products will also be available for purchase just in case you find a cheese you can’t live without! The daytime event is free of charge – donations of a non-perishable item for the Valley First ‘Feed the Valley’ program in support of the Armstrong Food Bank will be accepted.
During the event, Cheese Poet David Beaudoin will host a ‘Cheese 101’ seminar. Registration for the seminar will begin at 10am and be limited so register early! This year, not only will you learn all about the different cheeses but how to put together a charcuterie board that will leave your guests wanting more!
David built a successful business with a product known as Squeaky Cheese TM as well as leading and operating one of the oldest cheese factories in BC. Now working as a Cheese Expert and Consultant with the Dairy Farmers of Canada, David will surely educate and entertain with his great knowledge and profound passion for cheese.
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 11:45pm with bragging rights for an entire year!
At 6pm, the doors of Centennial Hall will reopen and ticket holders will enjoy the ambience created by Renee and the Wild Sage Events team and have the opportunity to learn more about cheese from the cheese makers during an evening of ‘Spirited Cheese Tasting’.
The ticketed event will feature carefully selected tastings, that showcase cheese proudly featuring the Quality Canadian Milk – Lait canadien de qualitédesignation as well as local produce and artisan products. ‘Cheese Poet’ David Beaudoin will be working closely to ensure every bite will highlight delicious artisan cheese in a fun and innovative way!.
Advance tickets are $25; tickets at the door $35. Tickets are available at the Armstrong Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce office and Chocoliro Finest Chocolate, Armstrong mid-September.
This event is made possible by: Dairy Farmers of Canada, Vernon Morning Star and Wild Sage Events, in addition to the volunteers and ‘slow food’ producers.