Are you attending the 2018 Victoria Cheese and Meat Festival? Here is some important information you should know:

Cheese and Meat Festival Victoria — FACT SHEET

We’re excited to showcase both international and local cheese and meat in an experiential tasting format. Walk leisurely around the festival enjoying bite-size tastes of cheese and meat while pairing the bites with wine, beer, and Caesars.

WHERE IS THE EVENT TAKING PLACE?

The Crystal Gardens | 713 Douglas St, Victoria BC V8W 3M6

WHAT ARE THE DATES OF THE EVENT?

Saturday, May 12th, 2018

Tasting Sessions:

  • Afternoon Tasting 3:00pm – 5:30pm
  • Evening Tasting 7:00pm – 9:30pm

Seminar Sessions:

  • Seminar 1 – “Salt, Smoke, Cure” – 1:45pm Start
  • Seminar 2 – “Stinky Cheese and Port” – 5:45pm Start

WHAT TIME SHOULD I ARRIVE?

Two hours is more than enough time to leisurely walk through the festival and visit all of our vendors. Registration is only open 15 minutes prior to the tasting session. The tasting room will open as per it’s designated time. Don’t worry if you get there after the tasting session starts, you’ll still have plenty of time to sample all of the festival offerings.

WHAT DOES MY TICKET INCLUDE?

Your ticket includes access to vendor samples of food, liquor and non-liquor beverage tastings.

WHAT SHOULD I BRING?

  • This is a 19+ event so we require you to bring two pieces of government issued I.D.
  • Please bring your printed ticket (we will scan it upon arrival) with the credit card that purchased it. We can scan directly from your phone but it must be turned to BRIGHT.
  • Please prepare yourself to have free hands. You will have a charcuterie board, drinking glass, and brochure to keep your hands busy. There will be a coat check near the entrance.

 

IS THERE A DRESS CODE FOR THE EVENT?

Please dress business casual and shy away from using any perfumes or colognes. We define it as dressed to impress but comfortable (i.e. slacks, dresses, casual suits, pants, blouses, sweaters, “nice” jeans, etc.)

DO I NEED TO BRING CASH?

We recommend that you do. We will be able to accept credit cards on site but it takes a bit more time. Cash = fast transaction!

IS THERE A COAT CHECK?

Yes, we will have a coat check on site. Please bring cash for the coat check for fast transactions. Coat check will cost $4.00.

TASTING ETIQUETTE

DO NOT LINE UP – We understand the urge – it is human nature to line up. Some vendors will need to take longer to showcase their products. These vendors will have lineups. Festival etiquette dictates that you do not line up where possible. You will have access and PLENTY of time to visit all the vendors – come back to the table later if more than ten people are waiting. If a vendor has a line-up, it is likely because their product needs to be prepped to serve. Mingle! Wander! Explore! And please remember that some vendors need more time than others – we are not in control of their prep time.

This is a sample festival. Each vendor is exhibiting their product in sample sizes, not meal sizes. Make sure you come ready take your time to taste everything.

WILL IT BE BUSY?

Yes! The event is sold out which means it will be a full house. Please take your time between vendors. Two and half hours is plenty of time to taste all the vendors’ products.

 

WHAT WILL THE PORTIONS BE LIKE?

Keep in mind all vendors are providing a sample of their product. So each size of food sample ranges between 0.5-3 ounce servings. Liquor samples range between 1-4 ounces.


WHAT IF I HAVE A TICKET TO THE SEMINAR AND FOLLOWING TASTING SESSION? DO I NEED TO GO BACK AND RE-ENTER THE VENUE?

Any attendees of the seminars prior to any of the tastings will not need to leave the venue. We will have a staging area that you will be able to stay in. Please note you may need to wait 15-20 minutes in this area but you will not need to re-line up to enter the building.

SHOP AT THE EVENT

Festival ticket holders will also have access to an exclusive on-site store. You will be able to purchase cheeses, meats, and other products at our pop-up shop. Tasting something you love at the festival and bring it home with you that evening.

 

Please Note that we can only accept VISA/MASTER CARD/AMERICAN EXPRESS and CASH (NO DEBIT)

The Crystal Garden