Prince Edward County (PEC) has really become quite the destination for foodie-related events and get aways. It has been too long since our previous trips to PEC. Since we're a bit limited in the foodie-related events we can feasibly attend with a baby, I was thrilled to be invited to the Ottawa-based media launch for The Great Canadian Cheese Festival that will be taking place in a couple of weeks in PEC.
With more than 100 exhibitors and vendors and over 125 different Canadian cheeses to sample, this show is the largest cheese show is Canada.
This event gave a taste of the exhibitors you'll see at the festival.
Of course, we couldn't pass by Casa Dea Estates Winery's wines without sampling a bit for ourselves! PEC's wines benefit from a mineral rich soil and a climate moderated by the adjacent Lake Ontario.
A chilled white wine (I believe it was Pinot Gris) was a delicious way to cool down from the warm weather of the day.
Saavy Company, was behind the marketing of the event. Saavy Company has organized transportation to the festival for those coming from Ottawa. Their tour includes a round-trip coach bus and tickets to the festival.
One of my favourite samples came from Seed to Sausage's skewers of a selection of their salami. This artisan sausage maker uses local products where possible with few additives and preservatives. Their products are available at a number of locations in Ottawa. I am going to have to seek out some more of their Lomo.
We spent some time chatting with Salty Don, who can be regularly found at the Ottawa and Carp Farmer's Markets. It was interesting learning about the different techniques he uses to add flavour and scent to his salts.
I'm a bit of a sucker for honey. I regularly use it in baking, in my tea and when making jam, so I am always tempted to buy just "one more jar." I sampled some of Heavenly Honey's creamed cinnamon honey butter, which would be delicious on a piece of toast.
I'm still kind of hoping that we can magically make it to The Great Canadian Cheese Festival.