It sounds delicious because it involves cheese but what exactly is a cheese trail?
When you hear the words “cheese trail” do you picture a little dirt trail through a beautiful woods with tasty treats of cheese lining the way? Although not as “storybook” as that, the Oxford County Cheese Trail can be a picturesque and tasty adventure.
The Oxford County Cheese Trail features over 20 stops throughout the county that feature cheese and dairy products made right here in Oxford County.
Cheesemakers, restaurants, retailers and attractions all make up part of The Oxford County Cheese Trail. Oxford County, being the dairy capital of Canada and home to a long and rich dairy heritage, makes it the perfect place to taste and learn all about cheese and dairy products.
The Oxford County Cheese Trail features four cheese makers including Bright Cheese and Butter Manufacturing Co., Gunn’s Hill Artisan Cheese Ltd., Local Dairy Products and Mountainoak Cheese. You can stop by the Bright’s shop and do some tasting before you buy from the varied selection. If you want a behind-the-scenes experience, Gunn’s Hill and Mountainoak Cheese offer tours as well as tastings and the ability to purchase straight from where the artisan cheeses are created. Then taste authentic Indian and Latin cheeses by picking up some Local Dairy Products from Tremblett’s Independent Grocer.
After tasting and buying some delicious cheeses to bring home, maybe you have worked up an appetite. There are six restaurants on the Oxford County Cheese Trail that feature dishes on their menus that are made with some of the more than 70 types of cheese and dairy products that are created in Oxford County. Charles Dicken’s pub has a curry poutine made with Gunn’s Hill cheese. Talk about taking your fries up a notch!
You’re energy has been replenished with a great meal so now it is time to check out some other great stops on the The Oxford County Cheese Trail.
Browse through shops and galleries like Patina’s in Ingersoll and The Woodstock Art Gallery. See the amazing local hand-crafted pottery and wooden cheese boards, perfect additions to serve your favourite cheeses on. Attend a gallery opening while noshing on a local Asiago.
The Ingersoll Cheese and Agricultural Museum and the Norwich and District Museum and Archives offer great ways to delve into the rich dairy history of Oxford County. What better way to get the full experience then to watch a butter churning demo? You can also learn cool facts like area farmers produce over one billion glasses of milk annually.
Make plans to explore the trail www.oxfordcountycheesetrail.ca