', 'auto'); ga('send', 'pageview'); }

Artisan Cheese

Our FAB Region has the infrastructure to support artisan cheese-making

Artisan Foods

Condiments, flours, artisan cheeses, charcuterie...

Craft Beer, Ciders, Distilling, Beverages

Distilling, brewing, cider making...

Author Archives: Krista Fazackerley

By Georgs Kolesnikovs

More than 125 artisan cheeses from Newfoundland to Vancouver Island will be available for sampling and purchase at the third annual Great Canadian Cheese Festival on June 1-2 at the Picton Fairgrounds in Ontario’s Prince Edward County. Most will be represented by the cheesemakers themselves.

It’s the biggest cheese show in Canada. Plus three dozen artisan foods producers, more than 20 wineries, six craft breweries and one cidermaker.

It’s not too late to purchase advance tickets online. Save money and skip the line at the entrance by placing your order here: http://cheesefestival.ca/tickets/

Here’s the extensive list of exhibitors who’ll be ready tickle your palate:

Plaisirs Gourmets
Fromagerie du Pied-de-Vent
Fromagerie du Presbytère
Fromagerie Île-aux-Grues
Fromagerie La Station
Fromagerie Médard
Fromagerie Nouvelle France
Le Fromage au Village
Les Fromagiers de la Table Ronde
Best Baa Dairy
Gunn’s Hill Artisan Cheese
ARS Foods
Black River Cheese
Millbank Cheese
Mariposa Dairy
Maple Dale Cheese
Five Brothers Artisan Cheese
Ontario Water Buffalo Company
Monforte Dairy
Woolwich Dairy
Empire Cheese
Upper Canada Cheese
Primeridge Pure
Quality Cheese
Glen Echo Fine Foods
Cows Creamery
Crossroad Farms
Jensen Cheese
Natural Pastures
Salt Spring Island Cheese
Back Forty Artisan Cheese
Farm House Natural Cheese
Mountainoak Cheese
Glengarry Fine Cheese
County Cheese Company
Knoydart Farm
Cheesemaker Showcase
Making Cheese At Home
UrbanSteading DIY Cheese


Agrarian Cheese Market and Speakeasy
East & Main Bistro/Pomodoro
From These Roots
Prince Edward County Lavender
Manning Canning
Mysty’s Distributing
Perth Pepper and Pestle
Evelyn’s Crackers
Cook’s Gourmet
Hot Mamas Foods
Yummy Cookies
La Natura Fine Foods
Nossa Cucina
Henderson Farms
Premier Fine Foods
Seed to Sausage
Queen of the Kitchen Artisan Chocolate Truffles
Artisan Edibles
Angelo Bean
Prince Edward County Fare
Country Girl Cooks
Haliburton Forest
Just Wing It
The Salty Don
Really Horrible Enterprises
Hood Wood
Aunt Lulu’s Country Kitchen
Epicure Selections
Snell House Foods
Crazy Corn
Major Craig’s Chutney
Olivia Chocolatiers
Pina Verde Dessert Factory
Heavenly Honey
Foodie Pages
Mrs. McGarrigle’s Fine Food Shop

Redtail Vineyard
Lacey Estates Vineyard & Winery
Huff Estates Winery
Waupoos Winery
Sandbanks Estate Winery
Casa-Dea Estates Winery
The Grange of Prince Edward Vineyards and Estate Winery
Exultet Estates
Norman Hardie Winery and Vineyard
Keint-he Winery and Vineyards
Stanners Vineyard
Harwood Estates Vineyard & Winery
Closson Chase Vineyard
Rosehall Run Vineyards
Palatine Hills Estate Winery
Black Prince Winery
Lighthall Vineyards
Lang Vineyards
Long Dog Vineyards & Winery
Savvy Sip & Shop

Mill Street Brewery
Creemore Springs Brewery
Granville Island
Beau’s All Natural Brewing
Church-Key Brewing

County Cider

Flatbread Pizza


From Farm to Table Experience
Ontario Agri-Food Education
4H Prince Edward County
Ontario Water Buffalo Company
Milky Way Farms
4H of Prince Edward County
John Nyman Farms
Prince Edward County Museums
Slow Food Prince Edward County
Ontario Wine Society
Farmtown Park
Taste the County
Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory

More than 125 different cheeses and so much more to sample and purchase!

PLUS: Cheese Tours, Cooking with Cheese, Tutored Tastings, Wine & Dine & Cheese,  and Cheese + Beer = Cheers!

For all the info, visit: http://cheesefestival.ca/

Bypass the line at the entrance and save money by placing your order today: http://cheesefestival.ca/tickets/

Admission for one adult to the Artisan Cheese & Fine Food Fair on Saturday or Sunday, June 1 or 2, where cheesemakers and producers of artisan foods will offer their products for sampling and purchase. Fine wines, craft beer and crisp cider will also be available for tasting and ordering for home delivery within a week. Seminars in All You need Is Cheese annex. Special presentations every hour. Dairy farm open all day. Admission includes 10 tasting tickets, glass for sampling wine, beer and cider, access to all vendors and exhibitors, cheese seminars, special presentations and dairy farm. Free parking. Rush seating for seminars and presentations. Advance price $40+HST. Regular price at door $45+HST. A two-day pass is only $15 more and includes $10 additional tasting tickets.

If you need additional information or assistance, please call 1.866.865.2628.

The Great Canadian Cheese Festival is produced by Cheese Lover Productions where Georgs Kolesnikovs is Cheese Head-in-Chief and Certified Good Food Fighter.

Fab logo

London – At this week’s Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO) annual conference in London, ON, the new website FABRegion.ca won a provincial marketing award.  The website, created by Fine Line Design in Stirling, ON, is a project belonging to the economic development offices of Hastings, Prince Edward and Lennox & Addington Counties as well as the Frontenac Community Futures Development Corporation.

“We are thrilled to receive this award”, stated Hastings County Economic Development Manager Andrew Redden who attended the conference.  “The award is marvelous recognition for our efforts and the ongoing partnership of our four communities”, added Lennox & Addington Economic Development Manager Stephen Paul who also attended.

FABRegion.ca is an online marketing platform that builds on the existing awareness and momentum of the four counties together as a gastronomic capital.  The website offers an avenue to promote the identification of the latest food trends, seed ideas and assist new entrepreneurs with an interest in opening an artisan food or drink production business.

Expert judges reviewed all of the entries that covered everything from promotional brochures to infrastructure development projects.  There are judges from specialized areas of expertise assigned to judge specific categories.  EDCO is Canada’s largest provincial economic development association that offers this program as well as professional development opportunities throughout the year.  Membership is close to 600 that come from the private and public sector.

About EDCO
EDCO is Canada’s largest provincial economic development association that offers this program as well as professional development opportunities throughout the year. Membership is close to 600 that come from the private and public sector.


Congratulations to Empire Cheese, Maple Dale and Black River who all had a great showing at this years Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.

Cheddar Competition Results:

Cheddar – aged 24 months or longer
#3. Empire Cheese
#4. Maple Dale
#5. Black River

Cheddar – aged 12-24 months
#3. Maple Dale
#5. Empire
#6. Black River

Med Cheddar – aged 6-8 months
#3. Empire Cheese
#6. Maple Dale
#7. Black River

Mild Cheddar – aged 2-4 months
#3. Maple Dale
#4. Black River
#5. Empire Cheese

Extra Mild Cheddar – aged 1-2 months
#2. Maple Dale
#4. Black River
#5. Empire Cheese

Marble Cheddar – any age
#1. Empire Cheese
#4. Black River
#5. Maple Dale
#6. Empire

Stilton Shaped Cheddar
#1. Maple Dale

Variety Cheese Competition

Firm Cheeses
#3. Black River – Edwardsburg (a washed cheese)

Flavored Cheese
#17. Black River garlic and pepper cheddar


Henderson Farms of Wolfe Island Wins Big at Royal Agricultural Winter Fair


Robert Henderson had another great showing this year at the 2012 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto. Henderson Farms received top honors as Grand Champion Jam and Jelly Maker and won the Judges Choice Award for his Raspberry and Pear Jam. Robert Henderson of Henderson Farms has been making jams for the past 25 years. His market career began at his hometown market in Kingston Ontario and his reputation quickly grew from the high quality of his all-natural products, with a number of ingredients grown organically by Robert himself on the family farm on Wolfe Island. His select variety of products includes not only jams and jellies, but distinct mustards, marmalades and chutneys.

Henderson Farms has been showing at The Royal since 2000 with great success and has been named the Grand Champion Jelly and Jam Maker two years in a row for 2006 and 2007and won the Judges Choice Award in 2008 for his Pear and Quince Jam. In this year’s Competition Henderson Farms had an outstanding showing, Robert won Grand Champion Jam and Jelly Maker 2012 and Judges Choice Award for his Raspberry and Pear Jam. He also placed:

  • Jams & Jelly Competition:
    • 1st – Blueberry Jam competition
    • 1st – Mixed Fruit competition, Raspberry & Pear Jam
    • 1st – Marmalade competition, Orange and Lemon Marmalade
    • 1st – Spirited Jelly competition, Wild Dandelion Wine Jelly
    • 1st – Single Berry Fruit Jam, Elderberry
    • 2nd – Single or Mixed Fruit Conserve or Preserve, Fig & Rhubarb Conserve
    • 2nd – Single Tree Fruit Jam, Qunice Jam
    • 4th – Raspberry Jam competition
  • Pickling Competition:
    • 4th – Misc. Savory Pickles, Beet Pickle
  • Maple Syrup Competition
    • 4th – Maple Jelly

Henderson Farms products are available at select fine food shows and a growing number of gourmet shops and specialty gift stores. Some of their flavors like Maple Syrup Jelly or Elderberry Jam are seasonal, but most are made year round. A few of their newest offerings include: Garlic Scape Jelly, Rhubarb & Fig Marmalade, Cranberry & Apple Jelly, Seville Marmalade and Lime Jelly. They fit complimentary with his legendary Red Pepper jelly, Wild Dandelion Wine Jelly, Pear Jam, Apricot-Jalapeno Jelly, Cranberry-Jalapeno Jelly and Pink Peppercorn Mustard.

For a full list of products offered by Henderson Farms and where to buy them visit their website www.hendersonfarms.on.ca

You can also visit them at:

–      The Ottawa Signatures Show Nov. 14-18 at the Ottawa Convention Centre (Booth 418)

–      The Toronto One Of a Kind Show Nov. 22 – Dec 2 at the Direct Energy Centre (Booth G-19)

–      The Originals Ottawa Christmas Craft Sale Dec. 6-16 at the CE Centre (Booth 721)

–      Salon Des Metiers d’Art Montreal Dec. 7 – 22

2012 Eastern Ontario Garlic Awards Winners
6th Annual Verona Lions Garlic Festival

VERONA, ON – Garlic lovers took over the Verona Lions Centre on the Labour Day weekend to celebrate garlic at the 6th Annual Verona Lions Garlic Festival and the Eastern Ontario Garlic Awards. Started in 1997 the Eastern Ontario Garlic Awards are the official competition for the best garlic produced in the region. “I am very pleased that the Verona Lions have undertaken to host these Awards at the Verona Lions Garlic Festival,” says Paul Pospisil, founder of the Awards. “Verona is central to the Eastern Ontario Region, providing an opportunity for growers from all over the region to participate. This year’s participants give an indication of the wide-spread interest.”

The competition is open to all exhibitors, both home gardeners and commercial growers. The aim of the competition is to encourage growers to strive for excellence in the quality of garlic grown in the Eastern Ontario region as well as recognizing such excellence by public awards.

Congratulations to the 2012 winners:

 Champion Garlic Growers 2012
Forest Farm, Godfrey Ontario (David Hahn & Marion Watkins)

Reserve Champion Garlic Grower 2012
Kevin Craigen, Napanee Ontario

Runners Up, tied for 3rd place standing
Dave Cornell, Ashton Station Ontario
Wayne Davey, New Liskeard Ontario

Judging of exhibits was done by Wilma Kenny, OHA judge. Paul Pospisil, founder of the Garlic Awards presented the Woodman and Woodman 2 trophies to the Champion and Reserve Champion. Dianne Dowling, President of Local 316 of the National Farmers Union (NFU) was on hand to present the $100.00 prize to the Champions, David Hahn & Marion Watkins. Diane also made the presentation of the $50.00 prize on behalf of Kim Perry of Local Family Farms to the Reserve Champion.

The Verona Lions will host the 2013 competition again at the festival to be held on Saturday September 7, 2013.




For more information about the Eastern Ontario Garlic Awards please contact:


Paul Pospisil

Founder, Eastern Ontario Garlic Awards




STIRLING, ON – It’s all about the cheese – whether it’s water buffalo ricotta cannoli, shaved buffalo roast with smoked cheddar or sinful Belgian chocolate truffles with ricotta – the Stirling-Rawdon BIA’s “Water Buffalo Food Festival” is sure to satisfy everyone’s taste buds.

Now in its fourth year, the “Go Buff” festival showcases the creative talkents of regional chefs and locally owned businesses, while playing tribute to the success of the first water buffalo milking farm in eastern Canada, the Ontario Water Buffalo Co., located in Stirling. Vendors have created a range of dishes featuring Mozzarella di Bufala, ricotta and scamorza cheeses.

New to the event this year is Bio Essential Botanicals, a Stirling-based company that will be serving a “Way Better” tortilla chip with mozzarella and cheddar. Also featured this year are beef sliders, caprese salad, ricotta fritters, Italian sodas and lattes, as well as local craft beer, wine and cider that offer a taste of what’s to come at the Hastings Beer Festival in October.

“Our event has become a destination for food lovers both inside and outside our region,” says Elisha Maguire, Economic Development Officer for the Township of Stirling-Rawdon. “The festival is a great way to spend a Saturday with family and friends tasting specially created recipes featuring local foods and ingredients.” The event will be held on Saturday, September 8, 2012 from 11 am to 4 pm.

As in past years, Mill Street will be closed to allow for visitors to amble along the street, sampling foods and local beverages along the way. Tickets, priced at $20 in advance and $25 at the gate, are available online at www.gobuff.ca and at Rustic Routes in Stirling. Ticket prices include festival souvenir and 10 taste tickets.

Maguire adds that they have launched a Facebook ticket contest this year. “We are giving away free tickets to this year’s Water Buffalo Festival. For every 50 likes, two tickets will be given away until the day of the festival. The first set of tickets have been given away and we are well on our way to the next set.”

To be eligible and entered into the draw to win tickets, one must first “like” the Water Buffalo Festival Facebook Page. In addition, regular updates are posted on the festival’s Twitter feed, @WaterBuffFest, and event details and recipes are available at www.gobuff.ca.

Stirling-Rawdon is located in Hastings County, a member of a unique economic development partnership – called the Food and Beverage (FAB) Region – with the counties of Lennox and Addington, Prince Edward County and the Frontenac Community Futures Development Corporation (FCFDC) Its goal is to help entrepreneurs establish an artisan food or beverage business in the region.

For more information:
Elisha Maguire
Economic Development Officer, Township of Stirling-Rawdon

Ontario East hosting: Learn about the new rules for exporting food product to the United States info session

September 7th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm at Innovation Park, 945 Princess St. Kingston ON

If you are currently exporting food products to the US, or plan to in the future, this informative session is for you! you will learn how to comply with new US Food and Drug Administration regulations.

These new policies require food facilities to maintain stricter preventive control measures to ensure food safety. As this session, experts will explain what that means for your current food processing operation, and what steps you may have to take to comply with the FDA regulations.

Register for this FREE session now by emailing info@ontarioeast.ca