Whether you're looking for the word on curd, simply better cheddar or a can't-miss Swiss, all roads lead to Oxford County for cheese aficionados.
Canada’s Dairy Capital takes its cheese very seriously and there’s no doubt we have the heritage to back up our convictions. With 98 cheese factories in Oxford at its peak, the County was also home to a 7500lb wheel of cheese, Canada’s first cheese cooperative and even a famous cheese poet. Today, this rich history can be experienced throughout the county when you dine on local fare, visit a museum or art gallery, learn about robotic milking or visit a cheese factory.
The Ingersoll Cheese Museum offers a mammoth cheese photo op!
The Oxford County Cheese Trail is a true testament to the fact that dairy and cheese making are still alive and well in the county. 23 deliciously curated stops, including three cheesemakers and two more featured on the trail, allow visitors to enjoy local cheese all year long as they drive along scenic country roads and through charming small towns. Please note that some locations have seasonal hours and are closed on weekends. For best results, please call ahead or check the business website for details.
For families, the Cheese Trail is a delightful trip filled with fun activities from butter churning to a full adventure farm and a cheese playground. Head to Leaping Deer in Ingersoll to get lost in their extensive corn maze, test out a pumpkin cannon or feast on delicious apple pie bread grilled cheese sandwiches. Norwich Museum offers up the experience to churn your own butter and of course taste the fruits of your labour afterwards. Whether it’s a day or a weekend trip, your kids will be begging to come back in no time.
For couples, the trail offers the ultimate weekend away with luxury accommodation, a trendy craft brewery and several restaurants with delectably cheesy menu items. From deep fried cheese curds to epic cheese boards and curried poutine all featuring local cheese, the experience is sure to leave you satisfied. Discover unique small town shops, book a cheese factory tour and enjoy the brielaxing drive.
If you’re thinking of heading down to Oxford to experience the Cheese Trail (and we hope you are), then we would be happy to help you plan your route! All you have to do is email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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