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10 Reasons to go to the Canadian Cheese Rolling Festival

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The Canadian Cheese Rolling Festival is back on August 15 at Whistler Blackcomb. The festival takes place from 12-4pm with races and activities throughout the day.

There will also be a festival tent in the village from August 12-15. Registration for the race opens at 11am on the day of the festival at Base 2 on Blackcomb where the event is held.

Here are 10 reasons why you should go this year:

It’s super fun

If you’re not familiar with the festival it involves chasing an 11-pound wheel of cheese down a hill in a race to the end. Racers tumble and slip down the steep slope while spectators laugh and cheer.

Races are split into men’s, women’s and children’s and there are more events and activities during the day making it a fun day out for all the family.

Prizes

So what is the reward for throwing yourself down a hill after some cheese? Well, it’s the wheel of cheese of course, and two season passes for Whistler Blackcomb!

We think that’s a pretty good reward for running down a hill!

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Cheese

Of course the main focus of the day is cheese. There are tastings, talks and a chance to meet the makers. If you love cheese you will definitely love this festival.

One of the best parts of the day is sampling the cheese whilst talking to the experts who made it.

Costumes

One of the most fun parts of the day is getting dressed up. Lots of people put on a costume for the day and not just the competitors. Get creative and get dressed up because you may even be rewarded yourself…

More prizes

That’s right, there are even more prizes for the best costume! Participants have the chance to win one of three gift cards from Marketplace IGA.

First place get $250, second $150 and third place gets $100. So there you have it, now go get your costume ready!

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Fun for the family

Families can enjoy a range of activities and games including a bean bag toss, face painting, balloons and of course the kid’s race.

The children’s race is an uphill race so as to avoid the risk of injury and is incredibly fun.

Get serious about cheese

Always wondered what goes into making a good cheese? Well, now you can find out. Cheese expert David Beaudoin of Dairy Farmers of Canada will be answering questions and sharing his knowledge of cheeses.

Seminars take place at 12:25, 1:25, 2:25 and 3:25 pm.

Meet the makers

Cheese makers from all over Canada will be at the festival and you can try all of their delicious products and talk to the people who craft the cheese.

Makers include: Arla Foods, Bothwell, Cows Creamery, Fromagerie L’Ancêtre, Golden Ears Cheesecrafters, Little Qualicum Cheeseworks, Quality Cheese, Terroir Cheese, The Farm House Natural Cheeses, The Village Cheese, Tiras Dairy, and various other artisanal cheeses.

Restaurant samples

If you’re visiting a restaurant in Whistler during the Cheese Rolling Festival you can ask you server if you can taste a sample of BC’s Natural Pastures Boerenkaas, the star of Canadian Cheese Rolling.

Find a full list of the participating restaurants HERE.

Awesome recipes

Looking to do more with cheese in your own home? Look no further – the Canadian Cheese Rolling Festival has you covered with these awesome recipes for different cheeses. View all the recipes.