Cheese experts will inform and entertain you
They’re informative, they’re entertaining—and you get to taste the very best in Canadian cheese at Artisan Cheese Night Market Tutored Tastings guided by talented presenters who have no equals on the Canadian cheese scene.
Each presentation features six to eight fabulous Canadian artisan and farmstead cheeses, selected artisan condiments, plus offerings of Ontario wine, craft beer or cider, all from Artisan Cheese Night Market vendors and exhibitors.
You’ll learn the story of these coveted Canadian cheeses and the passionate people who make them, plus tips on how to present, pair and appreciate these culinary treasures.
Two tasty topics:
Cheese Appreciation 101: Up your cheese game!
The Cheese Poet reveals all you need to know about buying, storing and presenting cheese—and enjoying it to the max. Learn to appreciate cheese, don’t just eat it! Your tutor will be Chef and Cheesemonger Erin Harris. Erin is a Red Seal Chef turned Cheese Specialist (American Cheese Society Certified Cheese Professional) and Culture Magazine contributor with a wide following of fellow ‘curd nerds’ on Instagram @thecheesepoet. From her new home base in Toronto, Erin can be found across Canada promoting Canadian cheese and helping people discover their new favourite.
Erin Harris is a classically trained chef who spent time living and working in Italy early in her career. After years of being an enthusiast of fine cheese, Erin studied and trained to become a Certified Cheese Professional through the American Cheese Society. Combining her passion for fine food and cheese, today Erin is a cheese specialist and a freelance recipe developer and consultant. In her free time, Erin can be found traveling in search of her next cultural adventure.
Artisan Cheese and Craft Beer: The natural pairing
Arguably Canada’s leading cheese educator, Vanessa Simmons, is acclaimed cheese sommelier at Savvy Company in Ottawa, curator of Savvy Cool Curds Cheese-of-the-Month Club, and a judge at Canadian Cheese Awards. The Toronto Star described Vanessa as being “openly fanatical about artisan cheese.”
Click to watch a video of Vanessa talk about her passion for Canadian cheese.
Traditionally, beer and cheese are both farmhouse products and are made with similar base ingredients that go through a related aging and fermentation process. These common characteristics allow for an optimal pairing as beer and cheese naturally have similar flavours. The carbonation of beer is the perfect palette cleanser for the creamy and fatty texture of cheese.
Night Market Tutored Tastings take place on Thursday, June 6, in St. Lawrence Hall at 157 King Street East, at the corner of King and Jarvis streets, two short blocks north of Canada’s Artisan Cheese Night Market in historic St. Lawrence Market’s Temporary North Hall at 125 The Esplanade in Toronto.
The two topics run concurrently from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., so pick the one topic that appeals to you most. Admission is $45 per person, 19+.