Armstrong honours its cheese-making legacy

Once home to legendary Armstrong Cheese, the city is again paying homage to fromage.

Once home to legendary Armstrong Cheese, the city is again paying homage to fromage.

The new Cheese – 100 Years in the Making Festival opens its doors Saturday as part of the city’s centennial celebrations.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Oddfellows Hall on Bridge Street, and includes cheese producers, demonstrations, tastings, historical displays and more.

A brand new event, the “Cheese…100 Years in the Making” Festival will open its doors on Saturday in celebration of the City of Armstrong centennial year. There will be cheese producers, demonstrations, tastings, historical displays and more at the Oddfellows Hall on Bridge Street.

The Cheese – 100 Years in the Making Festival will bring together  cheesemakers and cheese lovers to learn, talk, taste and buy the best in artisan and farmstead cheese, as well as sample a cornucopia of Okanagan artisan foods such as chocolate, grains and fruit.

“One of the main attractions at this year’s event will be a display of historical photos and equipment used in the past 100 years that Armstrong has been involved in the cheese industry,” said Patti Noonan, executive director of the Armstrong Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce.

Festival-goers will have the opportunity to taste the Swiss specialty raclette, cheese fondue and enjoy the musical sounds of violinist Colleen Venables.

There is also an opportunity for professional and amateur chefs to enter the Grilled Cheese and Cheese Ball contests — with the winners proudly crowned the Big Cheese.

For more information on the Cheese – 100 Years in the Making Festival, visit the Web site, www.armstrong100.ca or find them on Facebook.