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Picton hosts biggest Cheese Festival in Canada this weekend

Award-winning artisan and farmstead cheese from coast-to-coast will be showcased in Picton this weekend at biggest cheese show in Canada.

More than 5,000 cheese lovers are expected to sample and purchase close to 150 different cheeses made by artisan producers from the Atlantic to the Pacific when the seventh annual Great Canadian Cheese Festival returns to the Picton Fairgrounds this Saturday and Sunday, June 3-4, 2017.

Some 80 per cent of the sampling booths are indoors or under cover, so the show goes on rain or shine.

Cheesemakers, specialty food producers, small-batch wineries, craft breweries and cideries, and other exhibitors and vendors have reserved more than 100 booths, making the event one of the biggest artisan food markets in Ontario.

Festival attractions:
– Sample and purchase some 400 foods and beverages, including 150 artisan and farmstead cheeses from across Canada.
– Chance to meet Canada’s outstanding cheesemakers face-to-face, including Québec’s leading producers.
– Informative cheese seminars presented by Vanessa Simmons of Savvy Company, Canada’s best-known cheese sommelier.
– Cheese Awards Day on Saturday and Raw-Milk Cheese Appreciation Day on Sunday, with cheese giveaway for the first 1,000 ticket holders on both days.
– Express access to more than 100 exhibitors and vendors, including specialty foods, small-batch wine, craft beer, craft cider and – new – spirits.
– Local VQA wines and cider available for purchase by bottle or case (19+).
– SWAG! An insulated Festival tote bag for your purchases and a souvenir Festival glass for sampling wine, beer and cider (19+).
– Dairy Farm, with animals and displays, including the sweetest water buffalo you’ll ever meet.
– Food Court, featuring – new – J.K. Fries and braised-beef poutine from Jamie Kennedy Kitchens, outstanding burgers from the new Burger Revolution food truck and smoked-buffalo-meat sandwiches from Ontario Water Buffalo Company.
– Live music by Starpainters in the Prince Edward County Pavilion.
– Plus ample FREE parking.

Ticket options:

Super Saturday (June 3) Super Sunday (June 4): All seven attractions listed above plus extras such as Cheese Seminars, insulated Festival tote bag for your purchases, a souvenir Festival glass for sampling wine, beer and cider (19+), live music and more. Super Ticket $50 plus tax per day.

BEST BUY: Weekend VIP Pass (June 3 and 4): Admission Saturday and Sunday with VIP access at 10 a.m., one hour before show opens to public. Plus reserved seating at Cheese Seminars. Includes all seven attractions listed above plus extras such as Cheese Seminars, insulated Festival tote bag for your purchases, a souvenir Festival glass for sampling wine, beer and cider (19+), live music and more. Weekend VIP Pass $75 plus tax.

Tickets can be ordered online in advance at http://cheesefestival.ca/tickets/or purchased at the door.

The Festival’s main attraction, the Artisan Cheese & Fine Food Fair, is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, June 3 and 4. Weekend VIP Pass holders are admitted at 10 a.m. Families are welcome. Children 15 and younger free of charge when accompanied by an adult. Special pricing for groups of 10+.

For details on the weekend, visit CheeseFestival.ca. For assistance, email info@cheesefestival.ca or telephone 1.866.865.2628.

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