April 27, 2017
Bigger, better, cheesier: Oxford County stretches out Big Cheese Days this May
Big Cheese Days run four days over May 2017, featuring tours, discount offers, tastings and demonstrations
When it comes to cheese, Canada’s Dairy Capital tends to think big. Building on the successful launch of Big Cheese Days in 2016, Oxford County Tourism is growing this May’s event from one Saturday to four.
On Saturday May 6, 13, 20 and 27, visitors who tour and taste their way along the Oxford County Cheese Trail will enjoy special touring experiences, discount offers, tastings, demonstrations and more at the 23 cheese makers, restaurants, retailers and attractions featured along the Trail, including:
- Cheese maker tours at Gunn’s Hill Artisan Cheese and Moutainoak Cheese
- Live music and beer and cheese pairings at Upper Thames Brewery
- Fun photo opps and cheese-themed games at the Ingersoll Cheese Museum
- Special local cheese menus at restaurants
Whether learning trade secrets, snacking on creative cuisine featuring local cheeses, shopping for cheese and related accessories or learning about the region’s 150 years of rich cheese history, the Oxford County Cheese Trail offers 23 unique stops that will appeal to cheese lovers of all ages.
More details about Oxford County Big Cheese Days, including a downloadable trail map and special offers, are available at www.oxfordcountycheesetrail.ca.
Read the blogpost
About the Oxford County Cheese Trail
Oxford County’s reputation as a world-class cheese producing region goes all the way back to 1866 when local cheese makers sent a 7300-pound wheel of cheese to the New York World Fair and then onto Great Britain. The wheel, which was the equivalent of 66,200 servings of cheese, created quite an international stir and resulted in over 300,000 boxes of Oxford County cheese being shipped to Great Britain the next year. Today, the region’s cheese is still capturing attention thanks to the world-class producers that can be found along the Oxford County Cheese Trail: Bright Cheese and Butter Manufacturing Company, Gunn’s Hill Artisan Cheese, Local Dairy Products, Mountainoak Cheese and Quality Sheep Milk. The pride the community feels toward its dairy heritage is illustrated around every twist and turn in Oxford County. From the Springbank Snow Countess monument, a concrete replica of the cow who held the world record for butterfat production to Ingersoll’s “Cheesy Playground,” where young cheese lovers can crawl through holes in giant slices of cheese or take a spin on a blue cheese wheel, there’s no questioning the dairy pride.