MONTREAL, Canada – The Canadian Cheese Rolling Festival, one of Canada’s most exciting and fun-hearted events, is back again. Hosted by Dairy Farmers of Canada, the festival rolls back into Whistler, British Columbia on August 15, 2015 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Now in its eighth year, the Festival features cheese rolling races, a costume contest, cheese tastings, and other fun activities for the whole family.
An 11-pound wheel of Boerenkaas cheese, produced by British Columbia cheese maker Natural Pastures, will be released and roll down the slopes of Blackcomb Mountain for enthusiastic and ambitious cheese lovers to chase. The first male and female contestants to make it down the hill in the final heats win! They will each take home one of the giant, coveted wheels of delicious Canadian cheese and a Whistler season ski pass for two.
“Dairy Farmers of Canada is thrilled to bring this much-anticipated Festival celebrating Canadian cheese back to Whistler,” says Sandra Da Silva, assistant director, external communications, Dairy Farmers of Canada. “It’s such a great family event, with activities for everyone and, of course, delicious Canadian cheese everywhere you look.”
The Festival will be held in Whistler’s Upper Village on Blackcomb Mountain. Free transportation to Blackcomb Mountain Base 2 parking lot will be available via the Excalibur Gondola in Whistler village. Anyone over 19 years of age can participate in the races; contestants can register on-site on August 15 at 11:00 a.m. There will be seven men’s and four women’s heats and the winner from each one will compete in the finals. There will also be uphill races for kids.
This year, all Festival attendees aged 19 and over are invited to come in costume for the chance to win a gift card from Marketplace IGA: $250 for first place, $150 for second and $100 for third. Other activities at the festival will include children’s activities, free cheese seminars, and recipe demos with Chef Ned Bell from YEW seafood + bar at the Four Seasons Hotel in Vancouver. Visitors will also have the opportunity to taste and buy Canadian cheese from across the country in a Cheese Market full of delicious samples. Vancouver native and Breakfast Television host, Riaz Meghji, will emcee the event again.