Celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary with Canadian Cheese!
It’s hard to believe that my beloved country, that I call home, is turning 150 years old. Canada is a special place to live, not only because of the people who live here, but because of our history. If you’re a true Canadian, then you know the place that cheese has in our history. Cheese has always been a part of Canada, from coast-to-coast. Our dairy farmers work tirelessly to ensure Canada has all the cheese it needs.
Start of Cheese in Canada
I love cheese, but I had no idea how far back cheese went in Canada. Cheese making in our country can be traced back to the 1600s. Isn’t that crazy? Harvey Farrington was a pioneer for cheese making in Canada and set up the very first cheese factory. What’s even more interesting is by 1867, there were at least 200 cheese factories established in Ontario alone.
Farmers Set Apart
I mentioned how dedicated our cheesemakers are and I believe it sets our cheese apart from the rest of the world. Canadian cheese starts with 100% Canadian milk that is produced by passionate dairy farmers in a sustainable way. Both dairy farmers and cheesemakers help make Canadian cheese as creative, expressive and as diverse as they are!
We can all cheer for our local cheesemakers that help make our delicious cheese possible. The Dairy Farmers of Canada want to tell you about all the unique cheese in our country, so they’ve hand selected these three kinds of cheese to share with all Canadians as part of the 150th anniversary of our country.
Let There Be Cheese!
Having the chance to try and enjoy them all, I paired them with a few select items. Of course, this is all about preference. But, don’t be afraid to step out of the box and try something you think may not work. It often does! Isn’t this Canada-shaped cheese board amazing?
Avonlea Clothbound Cheddar, Cows Creamery, Prince Edward Island Aged for 14 months in carefully monitored temperature and humidity conditions, this cheddar is firm in texture and has a rich full-bodied flavour.
Pairings: I’ve paired it with a fruity wine and offered crackers and salami if a little texture is desired. Red grapes are optional.
Devil’s Rock, Thornloe Cheese Inc. It is a creamy blue cheese in a uniquely shaped pyramid and encased in black wax. Devil’s Rock itself is an iconic rock surface overlooking Lake Temiskaming and onward into Quebec.
Pairings: I paired it with dark chocolate, it works!
Comox Camembert, Natural Pastures, British Columbia Comox Camembert is a creamy, rich cheese, characterized by its edible, downy white rind. It has a delicate note of mushroom and a tender bloomy rind. It’s named after Comox, a small town near Courtenay, Vancouver Island, where Natural Pastures, the cheesemaker, is located.
Pairings: I paired it with dried fruits like figs and apricots.
Celebrate with Cheese!
Cheese in Canada is double stranded and known for its French and English heritage. Our cheese is a part of the history of Canada and without it; we wouldn’t be who we are! So, as you celebrate our country’s 150th birthday, take some time to enjoy a little cheese.
Think back to the first dairy farmers and cheese aficionados that helped make cheese in Canada what it is today! It’s no surprise that cheese in Canada has gotten distinguished honours. It is because it simply tastes so good!
For more information, make sure you visit dairyfarmers.ca. Follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for their latest updates! Don’t forget to share your “cheesy” Canadian pictures and selfies and add #CanadianCheese!
Cheese can help us all celebrate Canada’s huge milestone, make sure it’s on your table this long weekend!
How will you be enjoying cheese as Canada turns 150 years old?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela, and wife to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.