This weekend, Prince Edward County will host the fifth annual Great Canadian Cheese Festival, showcasing more than 150 cheeses from eight provinces across Canada, culminating in the country’s largest cheese show.
How am I just finding out about it this year?! Better late than never.
I’ll be heading up to PEC Saturday to sample all of the curds, slices and scoops on offer – I probably should have started fasting days ago to save room, but instead I’ll keep munching these chocolate almonds as a warm-up – in my first visit to the region.
PEC has become quite the hotspot: it was featured in Travel + Leisure as one of the Best Places to Travel in 2015, described as “a haven for creative types.” And because all of those creatives – or anyone craving a little more of an (brace for it) artisanal feel – need a place to stay, the Drake opened an outpost last year to capitalize on all of the Birkenstocked traffic.
If that “capitalize” sounded a little loaded with envy, peruse the photos below and let’s reconvene.
Photos: Kayla Rocca/Flickr
We on the same page now? Yeah. I wanted to stay at the Drake, but as you can imagine, it books up way in advance. It’s definitely on my list, though.
Luckily, hordes of cheesemongers, cheese lovers and bad cheese punners (just me? Okay, the cheese stands alone) is more than reason enough for me to head up to the country. If you aren’t too far from PEC, it’s well worth the drive. The weather forecast says we’re due for a nice, not-too-hot, sunny day. Come say hi if you spot a tiny blonde girl bouncing around the stalls babbling about crystals, and I’ll share a curd with you.
If you have recommendations, questions or product you’d like me to hunt down while I’m at the Great Canadian Cheese Festival, tweet me @xCheeseTheDay or shoot me a comment on here, I’d love to hear from you! I’ll be posting cheesy finds, photos, interviews and more from the Great Canadian Cheese Festival over the next few days, so check back if you’re already experiencing fromage FOMO. Happy weekend!