Canada witnessed a huge gathering of 13,022 cheese lovers and more than 137 competitors in Whistler, as the country celebrated the fifth anniversary of the famous Canadian Cheese Rolling Festival with great pomp. It is one of the most enthralling sporting event and family-centric festival, hosted by Canada in cheesy-style.
While celebrating this grand festival, competitors spent the long afternoon by chasing the colossal wheel of Canadian cheese down the Blackcomb Mountain. Each of the two Grand Champions took home an 11-pound wheel of Canadian cheese and a Whistler season’s ski pass for two. It is the fifth consecutive year that Natural Pastures, the famous Canadian cheese producer, made the special 11-pound wheels of yummy Cracked Pepper Verdelait cheese for the winners of the Canadian Cheese Rolling Festival.
Tyler Belan of Kitchener, Ontario won the title of men’s Grand Champion, by completing the race in an amazing time of 5.03 seconds. The women’s Grand Champion, Joslyn Kent of Sydney, Australia won the women’s race in a time of 7.08 seconds. Along with the men’s and women’s races, 86 children took part in uphill races.
Solange Heiss, Assistant Director, Marketing and Nutrition Communications, Dairy Farmers of Canada said that his company will continue to sponsor the Canadian Cheese Rolling Festival and display the mouthwatering cheese manufactured in this country. He also sounds excited and thrilled to get the opportunity of celebrating the festival with cheese-loving Canadians and visitors from across the globe.
A new addition of event was made in this year of a costume contest, which offered the chance of winning a $500 gift voucher to Gone Village Eatery, a local hot spot preparing healthy and fresh meals. The gift voucher can also be redeemed at the six affiliated locations around Whistler Village, including Moguls Coffee House, Zogs Dogs, The Lift Coffee Company Mountainside, The Lift Coffee Company Nesters, and The Lift Company Function.
The costume contest winners were Rebecca Sharar, Annie Taylor, Sylvia Stellmacher and Laura Chipman from Bainbridge Island, Washington State, United-States. The team sported costumes representing a farmer, a cow, a milk bucket bearing the 100% Canadian milk symbol and the Canadian cheese Rolling Festival logo.
Beside the races, the cheese lovers also enjoyed a range of other cheesy activities, including cheese Twister, free cheese seminars and a Cheese Market full of delectable samples of Canadian cheese, manufactured from pure Canadian milk.
The famous Canadian award-winning comic, actor and writer, Roman Danylo brought comic relief and fun to the whole festival.