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Competitors, others gather for Canadian Cheese Rolling Festival

Published on 26 August 2013
Participants competing in the Cheese Race

More than 160 competitors and 11,000 cheese lovers gathered recently in Whistler, British Columbia, for the Canadian Cheese Rolling Festival hosted by the Dairy Farmers of Canada. The event included cheese rolling races, costume contest and other family-friendly activities.

Vancouver native and Breakfast Television host Riaz Meghji was event emcee.

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Visitors sampling cheeseCompetitors spent a wet afternoon chasing an 11-pound wheel of Pacific Pepper Verdelait cheese, produced by BC cheese maker Natural Pastures, down Blackcomb Mountain. The two grand champions each went home with the wheel of Canadian cheese and a Whistler season’s ski pass for two.

The men’s Grand Champion Clayton Tinkley of Richmond, BC, won the men’s race in 9.4 seconds, while the women’s Grand Champion Danya Meakins of Perth, Australia, won the women’s race in 15.6 seconds. In addition to the men’s and women’s races —11 heats in all —98 children participated in uphill races.

Others participated in the costume contest for the chance to win a $500 gift voucher from IGA Marketplace. The top five costumed contestants were judged by the crowd and the winner was selected by acclamation. In the end, Annie Taylor of Bainbridge Island in Washington, dressed as the official festival hat, won the costume contest.

In addition, cheese lovers took in a host of other fun activities including cheese Twister, free cheese seminars and a cheese market.  PD

—From Dairy Farmers of Canada news release

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PHOTOS:
TOP: Participants compete in cheese races at the Canadian Cheese Rolling Festival in Whistler, British Columbia.
BOTTOM: Visitors enjoy sampling fresh Canadian cheese at the festival. Photos courtesy of Canadian Dairy Farmers.

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