Cheese and Meat Festival
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The Cheese and Meat Festival is coming up fast!

On Saturday, May 20th, ticketholders will wander the grounds of Crystal Gardens, snacking on local cheese and charcuterie paired with wine, beer, cider, and spirits.

The notoriously sold out festival still has tickets available for the afternoon tasting and seminars.

If you haven’t jumped on the bandwagon yet, here are the top five reasons why attendees love the festival, and why you will too.

1 – The festival is the only one of its kind on Vancouver Island

The festival prides itself on featuring cheese and charcuterie that is exclusively focused on local shops. The festival also boasts a pop-up shop where ticket holders can buy the products they fell in love with at the festival at discounted prices.

2 – Ticket prices are all-inclusive

There are no extra costs or tokens for purchase at the Cheese and Meat Festival. Buy a ticket and snack and sip to your heart’s content! Be a VIP and buy a Super Pass to get access to both tastings as well as seats in the seminars Hop[s] Into The Charcuterie World and Find Your Cheese Spirit.

3 – The sheer number of vendors at the festival

This year attendees can expect over 50 one-of-a-kinds, local, artisanal vendors. Each vendor gives you a reason to learn about and engage in their handmade craft. Discover cheese you have never heard of, cured meats you never thought could be cured, and taste recipes handed down from generation to generation. Bonus: experience live demos on cheese making while learning how each vendor refines their craft.

4 – Pair beer, wine, cider, spirits, and non-alcoholic beverages while sampling

Find out how cheese and meat pairs with local craft brewers, vintners, distillers, and cideries. Grab a bite of cheese or meat and walk over to one of the many liquor vendors and learn how their product complements your sample.

5 – Experience multiple vendors under one roof

Who has the time to drive around town learning about each speciality shop? The festival is the ideal place to find and try many of the local mom and pop shops Vancouver Island is home to, all in one spot. Attendees new to cheese and charcuterie can try products and talk to shop vendors without the pressure that comes with ordering unfamiliar items at the deli counter or visiting countless shops before finding their favourite products.

Kick off the summer on the right note. Be the host that showcases the unknown, tells the story of how it’s made, and explains what pairs with it. Or just be the guest everyone wants to invite back…

Click here to visit the Cheese and Meat Festival website for more information.

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Cheese and Meat Festival – Victoria

When: May 20, 2017
Where: The Crystal Gardens |  713 Douglas St
Tickets: $55; available online


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