Cooks and Curds Cheese Gala: First sitting sold out!

One look at that menu and small wonder the first sitting has quickly sold out! With such an array of outstanding chefs and fascinating dishes, who wouldn’t want to be at the Cooks & Curds Cheese Gala at The Great Canadian Cheese Festival this Saturday evening?

Tickets are still available for a a second sitting at 7:00 p.m. to taste the creations of eight outstandings chefs:

  • Braised Oxtail Poutine with Two Black River Cheddars
  • Chef Jamie Kennedy, Gilead Café, Toronto, Ontario
  • Rosehall Run Cold Creek Cabernet Franc 2007
  • Fromagerie du Presbytère  Louis D’Or, Oulton’s Smoked Bacon and Apple Chutney Panini   (V)
  • Chef Michael Howell, Tempest, Wolfville, Nova Scotia
  • Kent-He Hillier Blanc 2008
  • Clarmell Feta Cheese Pistachio Crusted Sphere, Pulled Lip Sticky Chipotle-Saskatoonberry Elk
  • Chef Michael Blackie, National Arts Centre, Ottawa, Ontario
  • Harwood Estates St Laurent 2007
  • Fifth Town Counting Sheep Cheese with Cranberry Beans and Tomato Jam on Red Fife Bread   (V)
  • Chef Anthony Rose, The Drake Hotel, Toronto, Ontario
  • The Grange of Prince Edward Sparkling Rosé
  • Dragon’s Breath Blue Cheese Mousse Bruschetta with Smoked Beef, Wild Rhubarb Jam, Chervil and Maple Candied Walnuts (V)
  • Chef Craig Flinn, Chives Canadian Bistro, Halifax
  • Karlo Estates Quintus 2009
  • Tequila and Lime splashed B.C. Spot Prawns with Little Qualicum Bleu Claire in a Lettuce Leaf  (V)
  • Lisa Ahier, Sobo, Tofino, British Columbia
  • Lacey Estates Riesling Off Dry 2010\
  • Moose burgers: Homemade Kaiser, Newfoundland Moose, Tomato Confit, Fromagerie du Presbytère Le Bleu d’Elizabeth and House Pickle
  • Jeremy Charles, Raymonds, St. John’s, Newfoundland
  • Sandbanks Estates Foch Reserve  2009
  • Manitoba Trappist Cheese with Rabbit and Fennel Rillettes, Coriander-Orange Mustard and Pickled Celery on a Fennel and Black Pepper Cracker   (V)
  • Alexander Svenne, Bistro 7 1/4, Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Redtail Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009
  • (V) indicates a vegetarian version is available

It’s a strolling tasting dinner, not a sit-down affair. Dress up rather than down.

Admission for one adult to a gastronomic gala pairing chefs with cheesemakers, wineries and craft brewers to create extraordinary tasting dishes for a rapt audience of cheese enthusiasts and foodies. Eight chefs, eight tasting dishes, eight cheeses, eight wines, eight beers. Eight stations on risers around Crystal Palace. Groaning board of Canadian artisanal, farmstead and specialty cheese, featuring winners in the 2011 Canadian Cheese Grand Prix. Followed by sweet delights, port, ice wine and coffee. Age of majority event. Free parking. HST included in admission price of $95. No fee charged for online ticket purchase.

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  1. I was planning to go to the Cheese Festival on Sunday, until I saw the price. $30.00 for the privilege of spending more money when I get there? I wanted to see what new & exciting types of cheese & related products I might buy, but that eats into the budget. Given that events like this increase entry fees every couple of years, you’ll be priced out of the market in no time.

    1. You missed out on quite a show, with 28 cheesemakers represented and more than 100 different cheeses to sample, not to mention 14 wineries, 5 breweries, 7 artisanal food producers and several special exhibitors, plus Yvette, the water buffalo, with two calves.
      When you consider all that was included in the $30 admission, it was quite a deal: 10 tasting tickets, a Festival cooler bag for cheese purchases, a souvenir wine glass for sampling wine and beer, access to all vendors and exhibitors, a tasting seminar featuring the Canadian Cheese Grand Prix winners and a demonstration of cheesemaking for children. Free parking. HST included.

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