Annual Cheese Rolling Festival Draws 10,000 Participants


WHISTLER, B.C. — On Saturday, the Dairy Farmers of Canada hosted the ninth edition of its Great Canadian Cheese Rolling Festival in Whistler, B.C. — attracting approximately 10,000 participants.

The event featured cheese-rolling races, in which participants had to chase an 11-pound wheel of aged Farmhouse Cheddar, produced by B.C. cheese maker, Natural Pastures, down the slopes of Blackcomb Mountain.

“Nine years since its inception and with every passing year, the Great Canadian Cheese Rolling Festival continues to surpass our expectations for fun at every turn,” says Sandra Da Silva, assistant director, Marketing & Nutrition Communications, Dairy Farmers of Canada. “Dairy Farmers of Canada is thrilled to witness the love and passion for Canadian cheese produced across the country by Canadians and visitors from around the globe.”

The festival was also host to cheese and wine pairing seminars; a cheese market with a large sampling from across the country, all made with 100-per-cent Canadian milk; a smoothie bar, sponsored by IGA Marketplace; and recipe demos offered by chef Ned Bell.

Following the event, guests enjoyed a Canadian cheese rolling-inspired menu, more cheese sampling and an opportunity to win 11-pound wheels of cheese at Black’s Restaurant in Whistler Village.

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