Last year, as we drove home from The Great Canadian Cheese Festival, we were already planning our visit for the this year. Seriously. It's that good.
Earlier this month, we drove down to Picton again (which is an absolutely gorgeous area if you don't already know it) to sample and sip our way through TGCCF for our second time.
Needless to say, it was AWESOME.
This time I was accompanied by my mister, Rich, and our friend Luke -- because friends don't let friends miss out on festivals of cheese and wine and beer.
It's good karma.
The weather was beautiful again and having been the year previous, I have a feeling that they'll say the numbers were even greater this year! It was packed with cheese lovers from all over the country, out to sample and buy ALL THE NOMS.
We actually did a live broadcast while we were at the festival to show off our cheese haul, which you can watch on our Facebook page. In the video I share all of the neat stuff we bought -- cheeses, preserves, honey, and more!
Again I noticed that the trend to pair craft beer and cheese is growing in popularity. There were so many tasty brews to try out and I ended up finding a few new faves that I'll have to scope out at the LCBO.
I'm actually more of a craft beer drinker myself, so I'm totally into the idea of pairing cheese and beer.
I also made the rounds to buy up all the tasty goodies I knew I LOVED from last year, like the pickled beans from Top Shelf Preserves, as well as their beets. They also had these spicy pickled carrots that rocked my world. It was so hard to choose. I probably would have bought every single thing they brought if you let me. They are culinary geniuses.
For lunch (because apparently we couldn't get enough in between all of our sampling) we had water buffalo sandwiches with water buffalo cheese. Both of which were totally awesome. I'd had the cheese before, but eating water buffalo meat was a new one for me. Definitely a winner. The farmers also told us there's a whole festival dedicated to all things water buffalo which also sounds pretty amazing.
Time flies when you're at the festival and thought we'd been there nearly the whole day (and I totally got a sunburn because I'm wickedly pale) I could have stayed longer... maybe just to take another sample at my favourite booths? *winkwink*
Note: If you want to ooh and ahh over some more tasty pics from the festival, check out the #TGCCF hashtag on Instagram. I'm drooling.
We left with our bellies full and my tote bag FILLED with goodies... some of which have already been eaten. #sorrynotsorry
I'm already looking forward to next year's cheesy festival of goodness. If you're going to be in the area next June, you should totally make it a stop on your trip. YUM.
I was provided with two passes to The Great Canadian Cheese Festival. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.