Thousands of cheese lovers gathered for a cheesy afternoon of fun at the eighth Canadian Cheese Rolling Festival in Whistler, British Columbia
WHISTLER, BC, Aug. 15, 2015 /CNW/ - Today, in Whistler, British Columbia, 141 ambitious competitors and over ten thousand cheese lovers gathered for the eighth edition of the Canadian Cheese Rolling Festival, hosted by Dairy Farmers of Canada. The much anticipated festival featured cheese rolling races, a costume contest and other fun activities for the whole family.
Competitors spent the afternoon chasing an 11-pound wheel of Boerenkaas, produced by British Columbia cheese maker Natural Pastures, down Blackcomb Mountain until a champion was declared. Rebecca Sharar, from Bainbridge, Washington, won the women's race and Paul Nguyen, from Whistler, British Columbia, won the men's race. The two Grand Champions each went home with a wheel of the delectable Canadian cheese and Whistler season's ski passes for two. In addition to the men's and women's races, 145 children also participated in uphill races.
"Another Canadian Cheese Rolling Festival, another great year! Year-after-year, the Canadian Cheese Rolling Festival surpasses our expectations," said Sandra Da Silva, assistant director, external communications, Dairy Farmers of Canada." Dairy Farmers of Canada is thrilled to share the love, passion and enthusiasm for Canadian cheese produced from coast-to-coast with Canadians and visitors from all over the world again."
To add to the fun, all attendees and racers over the age of 19 were encouraged to come wearing a costume for a chance to win gift cards from Marketplace IGA. A panel of judges selected the top five costumes and the crowd was tasked with selecting the winner: Katie Bayer, Laura Chipman, Mary Forbes, Lydia Fulton, and Rebecca Sharar won the favour of the crowd with their cheesy team costume and took home a $250 gift card. Additional prizes of $150 and $100 gift cards were awarded to Cara Comfort, Ted and Tom Honrsby, and Sylvia Stellmacher, and to Louie Miesen and Shizcka Yoshimura, respectively.
In addition to watching the races, cheese lovers took in a host of other fun activities including games, cheese tasting seminars, recipe demos with chef Ned Bell, and sampling dozens of delicious Canadian cheeses made from 100% Canadian milk.
Visit canadiancheeserolling.ca for race results. High resolution photos and video footage from the event will be available for download in the website's newsroom (canadiancheeserolling.ca/newsroom/) as of noon EDT August 16th.
About Dairy Farmers of Canada
Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) strives to create favourable conditions for the Canadian dairy industry, today and in the future. DFC works to maintain policies that foster the viability of Canadian dairy farms and to promote quality Canadian dairy products made from 100% Canadian milk as part of a healthy balanced diet. Visit dairyfarmers.ca for more information.
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Video with caption: "Video: Over 10,500 cheese lovers gathered on the slopes of Blackcomb Mountain to take part in the eighth Canadian Cheese Rolling Festival in Whistler, British Columbia on August 15th, 2015.". Video available at: http://stream1.newswire.ca/cgi-bin/playback.cgi?file=20150816_C8910_VIDEO_EN_478486.mp4&posterurl=http%3a%2f%2fphotos.newswire.ca%2fimages%2f20150816_C8910_PHOTO_EN_478486.jpg&order=1&jdd=20150816&cnum=C8910
Image with caption: "Rebecca Sharar from Bainbridge, Washington and Paul Nguyen from Whistler, British Columbia were crowned champions at the 2015 Canadian Cheese Rolling Festival and took home an unusual trophy: an 11-lbs wheel of Canadian Boerenkaas cheese! (CNW Group/Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC))". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20150816_C8910_PHOTO_EN_478480.jpg
Image with caption: "Ambitious cheese lovers tumble down the hill after glory and an 11-lb wheel of Boerenkaas cheese at the Canadian Cheese Rolling Festival in Whistler, British Columbia on August 15th, 2015. (CNW Group/Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC))". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20150816_C8910_PHOTO_EN_478481.jpg
For further information: Sandra Da Silva, Dairy Farmers of Canada, 647.633.3741, [email protected]