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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...

The Township of Stirling-Rawdon is selling their former Public Works Building.  The site was also once home to the Township’s police services and administration office.

Investment opportunity in Stirling

Investment opportunity in Stirling










Stirling Building second photo










Perhaps this could be a location for a brewer or some other artisan food and beverage business.

Contact the sales representative for more information and view details on the property here.

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.

Craft Beer Festival Coming Soon!!!


Our FAB Region is pleased to be home to the Hastings County Beer Festival!  Coming soon on October 13, your admission ticket will provide you with all the food, beer, wine, cheese, cider and more… …all the samples you can handle!  There will also be expert brewing demonstrations and live entertainment from some Juno Award winning musicians.  That’s a steal for only $40!!!

It’s held at the Farmtown Park again in Stirling (formerly the Agricultural Museum at the Fairgrounds). Those who attended last year were ecstatic and can’t wait for this year’s rendition.

Get your tickets now while they’re available and bring your friends! Join the event page on Facebook too.

For those who live in the Belleville area, shuttle buses will be available as per the poster at left (click poster to enlarge).

As always, visit www.hastingsbeerfestival.ca for the latest information and to purchase your tickets online.

Water Buffalo Food!


While the rain poured and the wind blew, hundreds came out to enjoy another edition of the Stirling Water Buffalo Food Festival on September 8.

Several chefs and restaurants competed for the prize of best meal using either meat or cheese sourced from Water Buffalo.  The results in terms of who won were not ready as of the time of this post.

But a great article appeared in the EMC News providing a great deal more information about how it all went.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE     –     February 2, 2012

BELLEVILLE – Ontario’s Food and Beverage (FAB) Region was recognized with an award at this week’s Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO) annual conference in Toronto. The award recognizes the iPad App “How to start a Cheese Making Business in Eastern Ontario” as an innovative use of technology and social media. The App was created in partnership with the Counties of Lennox & Addington, Hastings, Prince Edward as well as the Frontenac Community Futures Development Corporation.

“We are thrilled to receive this award”, stated Anne Prichard Executive Director of the Frontenac CFDC. “I am also proud of the way that we continue to work with our neighboring counties to pool resources and funding, and brand ourselves as the place to manufacture artisan food and beverages.”

“With sales of small scale and artisan cheese set to grow by $100 million in Ontario over the next decade, we want to position this region to be at the forefront of this growing industry,” stated Stephen Paul Economic Development Manager for Lennox & Addington County. “Our assessment indicates that there is a need for 25 to 50 new artisan cheese makers across the province and helping prospective cheese makers locate here by providing them with a clearinghouse of information ranging from milk supply, equipment, regulations and financing is just smart business,” added Karin Desveaux Economic Development for Prince Edward County.

“The collaboration between the four counties just made sense and those efforts are paying off. We have already had some serious contacts to follow up with as a result of the iPad App being downloaded more than 600 times. Receiving the award is very gratifying and validates for us that we are on the right track”, said Andrew Redden Economic Development Manager for Hastings County.

The iPad App is a how-to guide for starting your own cheese making business in Eastern Ontario. The App contains over 55 pages of interactive content, guidelines and fundamentals for creating a successful cheese making business from start to finish. Topics include an overview of the cheese making business in Ontario, start-up costs, interviews with current cheese makers, types of farms and animals, and much more.

About FAB Region – www.fabregion.ca

Ontario’s FAB Region consists of four municipal economic development offices, namely Hastings County, Lennox & Addington County, Prince Edward County, and the Frontenac Community Futures Development Corporation. Originally we partnered to market ourselves as Ontario’s Artisan Cheese Region – Invest In Cheese. While we are still keeping that brand, we are now moving forward as Ontario’s Food and Beverage (FAB) Region. This includes investment marketing for craft brewing, wine making, distilling, artisan breads, charcuterie, mustard, condiments…. The list is endless.

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.

We have developed a new handbook that guides you through the cheese making process and the important steps involved.  Here is a link where you can download a copy of the PDF version of the handbook and navigate it on your computer/laptop just like you would on an iPad.  Keep in mind it is a rather large file so it may take some time to download if you have a slow Internet connection. However, if you own an iPad, you can download our free app

If you have any issues with it, don’t hesitate to contact us

Also, according to a 2009 report on Artisan Cheese in Eastern Ontario, the demand for Artisan Cheese isn’t slowing.

Put together by St. Lawrence, Loyalist, La Cite Collegiale and Algonquin colleges (to examine artisanal cheese production and distribution in Eastern Ontario), the report had three objectives:

  • To assess the market awareness and demand for artisanal cheese in Eastern Ontario.
  • To determine what Eastern Ontario artisanal cheese producers need to learn in order to satisfy those demands.
  • To determine the ideal approach (college sector applied research and knowledge-delivery) in response to those needs.

We have a copy of the report for you to download here.