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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...

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.

The Ontario Government issued a news release today stating that the LCBO is enjoying the most successful year in its history, helping to create jobs through promoting Ontario’s wine and beer industries.

Through campaigns such as I Love Canada and goLOCAL sales of local beer and wine are increasing and customers are engaged by taking pride in supporting local producers. In 2011-12:

  • Sales from Ontario Craft Brewers led all product segments with almost 45 per cent growth as more consumers chose to “go local” with Ontario craft beers because of their premium quality and distinctive styles.
  • Sales of VQA table wines increased by nine per cent, reaching almost $106 million. Since 2006-07, sales of Ontario VQA wines have more than doubled, thanks to the craftsmanship of Ontario winemakers who produce high-quality, award-winning products.
  • Interest in premium wine and spirits continues to grow as VINTAGES releases some 6,000 products a year (120 to 150 new products are released every two weeks).

The message from all of these stats is that local Ontario craft beer and wine sales are increasing. What a great opportunity to invest now and open your brewery or winery in our FAB Region! We can help… contact us today!

New vineyard & winery in Hastings County


In economic development, we work hard to drum up attention to try and attract the “needle in the haystack” – that entrepreneur who’s out there somewhere wanting to open up a business in our region.

Then that day comes when the “stars align” and we learn the details of an investment decision!  That day happened to me a while ago when Sandor Johnson informed me of his dream to open a winery in Hastings County, near the Village of Tweed.  What!!!!???  A winery in Tweed!!!  You probably thought that was only possible in Niagara Region or Prince Edward County!  Well, read on.

Sandor never really went public with his decision to open a winery until this past weekend.  At a special Business Forum in Tweed, Sandor described himself and his plans for the Potter Settlement Vineyards and Winery.

After growing up near Tweed, Sandor graduated from university and received a Master’s in Journalism from Carleton University.  He landed a job with CNN in Tokyo and started a modeling career.  He’s worked with Versace, GQ, Armani and DKNY.  He even acted on the American soap opera All My Children.

Despite the excitement of traveling the world, he’s been dreaming of his winery in Hastings County and has invested a great deal of time and money finding the right grapes to grow.  He now has 10 acres of grapes which include Frontenac noir, Gris, Blanc, Marquette, Marechel Foch, and Petite Pearl.  He describes Hastings County as a “nascent wine region” since other neighbouring property owners are indicating a desire to follow Sandor’s footsteps now knowing that it can be done.

I had the pleasure of enjoying some of the wine that Sandor has made, and it’s some of the best wine I’ve ever had!

Sandor hopes to have a new building constructed on the property soon, and I can’t wait because I look forward to visiting to purchase more of that fantastic Hastings County wine!

If you would like to learn more about our wine region and invest, contact us today!