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Dairy Capital Cheese Fest returns to Woodstock with a third annual festival dedicated to those who love to be cheesy

By Heather Rivers, Woodstock Sentinel-Review

Artist Thomas Cushing of Kitchener carves a scene into a large wheel of gouda during the Dairy Capital Cheese Fest in 2016. (Sentinel-Review file photo)

Artist Thomas Cushing of Kitchener carves a scene into a large wheel of gouda during the Dairy Capital Cheese Fest in 2016. (Sentinel-Review file photo)

It’s a day devoted to cheese lovers everywhere.

On April 28, cheese enthusiasts will descend on Woodstock, the Dairy Capital of Canada, to imbibe in cheese and all things that go great with it.

The region’s only festival dedicated to cheese, the event offers one-on-one interaction with cheese makers, and samplings with local artisans.

Cheese makers include Gunn’s Hill Artisan Cheese, Mountainoak, Bright’s Cheese and Butter and Quality Sheep Milk.

The festival will also have food for purchase, interactive demonstrations and talks, Kids Zone and live music.

Now in its third year, the Cheese Fest’s mission is to continue to “ignite growth and prosperity in Oxford County” by bringing the community together to celebrate the region as the Dairy Capital of Canada.

New this year is the London Libation’s PedalPub, a giant bicycle with a bar that seats 16 people.

“It’s basically a bar on wheels,” explained organizer Jessica Faria Stacey. “It’s a food and drink tour.”

Stacey said is the Cheese Fest is great event for Oxford County residents, but also for those residing outside the county.

“It showcases what the region has to offer for those who do not (know),” she said. “It brings together everything that Oxford County is known for such as agriculture, farming and cheese making.

“Guests are invited to try cheese, food, wine and beer all in one accessible location. It is a fun, affordable family event that celebrates community coming together, while supporting small business.”

The festival has also committed to reducing the amount of waste created during the event.

They are partnering with the local agency Transition to Less Waste, who will supply the event with reusable plastic plates and cups.

The county’s waste management facility will supply waste sorting bins for landfill and recycling.

An eco-friendly shopping bag for Cheese Fest purchases is being sponsored by Oxford County Cheese Trail.

A branded sampling glass, sponsored by Bright Cheese and Butter, is available to the first 400 adult ticket holders.

Must be 19+ to purchase and sample alcohol at the event and guests will be required to present ID upon entry. A wristband policy will be in effect.

 

If you go:

What: Dairy Capital Cheese Fest

When: Saturday, April 28, 2018 | 10am - 5pm

Where: Oxford Auditorium, 875 Nellis St. Woodstock

Cost: Adult admission is $8 in advance and $10 at the door.

Kids 12 and under are free, when accompanied by an adult. Food and Drink sample tickets can be purchased for $1 each.

Website: dairycapitalcheesefest.ca

 

HRivers@postmedia.com