In its second year, the expanded Great Canadian Cheese Festival returns to historic Crystal Palace in Picton, in the heart of Prince Edward County, on June 1 to 3, 2012. The Cheese Festival is the only event in Canada to bring together cheese makers from all over the country in order for cheese lovers, foodies and culinary tourists to learn, talk, taste and buy the best in artisan, farmstead and specialty cheese. The largest exhibition of Canadian artisan cheese ever will feature more than 125 different cheeses and will have more than 30 producers from Vancouver Island to Prince Edward Island. Artisan food producers, craft wineries and breweries along with other vendors will occupy another 50 booths – making the Festival a destination for any fine food lover.
At the Toronto media launch last week I got to meet founder and director, Georgs Kolesnikovs, who provided an excellent preview of The Cheese Festival offerings and was excited to tell us about guest appearances at the Festival by Food Network star Bob Blumer and Lost Girl co-star Kris Holden-Ried. Both are cheese lovers. One will grill gooey pizza, the other, grilled-cheese sandwiches, to support a scholarship fund for young Canadians pursuing careers in cheese.