Are you attending the 2018 Victoria Cheese and Meat Festival? Here is some important information you should know:
Cheese and Meat Festival — KEY INFORMATION
We’re excited to celebrate the best in craft food. The Festival aims to showcase elite platter-worthy artisan foods (not just cheese and meat) and their pairings.
WHERE IS THE EVENT TAKING PLACE?
Roundhouse at Bayview Place (355 Catherine Street, Victoria, BC V9A 3S9) – Please note that you will drive through the gate and to the far east side of the parking lot. We will have attendants to assist with directions.
WHAT DATE IS THE EVENT TAKING PLACE?
Saturday, May 11th, 2019
- Afternoon – 3:00pm
- VIP open – 2:00pm
- Evening Tasting – 7:00pm
- Seminar 1 – Cheese, Chocolate, Beer – 1:45PM
- Seminar 2 – Farm to Table – 5:45pm
WHAT TIME SHOULD I ARRIVE?
Registration is only open 15 minutes prior to the tasting session. Two hours is more than enough time to leisurely walk through the Festival and visit all of our vendors. The tasting room will open at its designated time depending on what session you purchased tickets for. 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 you are required to bring two pieces of government ID.
- Please bring your printed ticket (we will scan it upon arrival). If you’re displaying your ticket on your phone please have your screen brightness turned up.
- Please make sure your hands are free. 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 refrain from using any perfumes or colognes, as this can interfere with tasting. Think dress-to-impress but comfortable (i.e. slacks, dresses, casual suits, pants, blouses, sweaters, “nice” jeans, etc.)
Please note that the Festival is in an indoor and outdoor setting. This means that the ground will be uneven and variety between concrete and gravel. Please take the ground into account when planning what you are wearing on your feet!
IS THERE A COAT CHECK?
Yes, we will have a cash-only coat check ($4.00 charge) on site.
DO I NEED TO BRING CASH?
We recommend that you do; we’re able to accept credit cards on-site but it takes a bit more time. Cash = fast transaction! You’ll also need it for the coat check.
DO NOT LINE UP – We understand the urge – it is human nature to line up. However, Festival etiquette dictates that you do not. You will have access and PLENTY of time to visit all the vendors, so please come back to a table later if more than eight 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!
This is a sample Festival. Vendors are 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 hours is plenty of time to taste all the vendors’ products.
WHAT WILL THE PORTIONS BE LIKE?
Keep in mind all vendors are providing samples of their products, so each serving size of food ranges between 0.5-3 ounce servings. Liquor samples range between 1-4 ounces. This is a food-focused event; please note that you will see a wide mix of products.
WHAT IF I HAVE A TICKET TO THE SEMINAR AND FOLLOWING TASTING SESSION? DO I NEED TO GO BACK AND RE-ENTER THE VENUE?
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’ll be able to wait in, but please note that you may need to wait 15-20 minutes. This means you will not need to re-line up to enter the building.
SHOP AT THE EVENT
Food vendors will be selling their products at their tables during the Festival. Please make sure you are ready to shop, shop, shop! Liquor vendors’ products will be sold through our on-site pop-up shop.
Please note that we can only accept VISA and CASH (NO DEBIT)