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Friday, July 4, 2014

Celebrate 150 Years of Cheese in Oxford County


(News Release)

Woodstock, Ontario – Enjoy a tasty event celebrating the 150th anniversary of Upper Canada’s first cooperative cheese factory in Norwich, ON. Taste some of Oxford’s best cheeses at Norwich Nostalgia Days, July 5, 2014 at the Norwich & District Museum.

Oxford County cheese has achieved international acclaim both in the past and present day. In 1840 the first cheese factory in Upper Canada was built in Ingersoll Ontario. Upper Canada’s first co-operative cheese factory, called the Pioneer Cheese Factory, was erected by Harvey Farrington in 1864 in Norwich, ON.

One hundred and fifty years later Oxford County is known as the Dairy Capital of Canada and is home to a variety of cheese producers, each with their own style and unique flavours of cheese.

Help celebrate this 150th anniversary July 5th at the Norwich & District Museum, from 1:00-3:00 pm. Join Bright Cheese and Butter, Gunn’s Hill Artisan Cheese, and Mountainoak cheese to sample their artisan cheeses paired with other local products.

There will be a guest appearance by “Harvey Farrington” and learn about cheese making past and present. Of course cheese will also be available for purchase.

Can’t make it to Nostalgia Days? Take your family on a back road adventure following the Oxford County Cheese Trail visiting local cheese producers, shops, and museums celebrating the history of cheese making in Oxford County. Visit http://oxfordfresh.com/cheesetrail to download/view your copy of the Cheese Trail.

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About Tourism Oxford: Based in Oxford County, Ontario, Canada, Tourism Oxford, established in 2001, is a membership driven organization, connecting visitors and residents to local attractions, restaurants and accommodations. Also, it is the home of Oxford Fresh, a group of chefs, restaurants and food producers dedicated to the promotion of local food; and to the Cheese Trail, where visitors can travel through the heart of Canada’s Dairy Capital.

For more information, please contact:
Tourism Oxford
580 Bruin Blvd.
Woodstock, ON
519-539-9800 ext 3355
www.tourismoxford.ca
http://oxfordfresh.ca

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