Dairy farming is the largest sector of Ontario agriculture, and Dairy Farmers of Ontario is the marketing group that represents them. It’s made up of the same farmers who run the farms, and who produce the milk and dairy that you put on your table.
The origin of what would eventually become Dairy Farmers of Ontario goes back over 50 years to the Milk Act of 1965. The Milk Act called for the creation of a body that would buy all the milk produced on Ontario farms and sell it to the processors. As a result, the Ontario Milk Marketing Board was created. Thirty years later, Dairy Farmers of Ontario was created following the merger of the Ontario Milk Marketing Board and the Ontario Cream Producers' Marketing Board.
DFO is proudly owned and operated by Ontario’s dairy farm families. It’s their mission to provide leadership and excellence in the production and marketing of Canadian milk.
The museum was first opened in 1977 when the replica 19th century cheese factory was constructed in Centennial Park. Since then, the site has expanded to include 7 buildings and more than 15,000 artifacts.
The museum was voted the Top Small Museum in Ontario; part of the "Ontario's Choice Awards" contest conducted by Attractions Ontario in 2016. In 2018 the museum was the recipient of the Ingersoll & District Chamber of Commerce Business Awards of Excellence, and in 2019 the museum was a winner of the Dorothy Duncan Public History Award from the Ontario Historical Society, for our efforts at commemorating the First World War.
While the museum started off with a specific focus on cheese, it has expanded to also become the community museum for the Town of Ingersoll and the home base of the Ingersoll Sports Hall of Fame. The Museum tells the story of cheese but there is a lot more to see and do.
The Oxford County Cheese Trail is a curated list of 24 stops featuring cheese, dairy and related offerings for visitors to experience. Visit cheese makers, restaurants, local food producers, museums, artisans and boutiques for a pleasant afternoon, day or weekend in Oxford. Take a tour, sample local food, shop and enjoy cultural activities.
Foodies will love exploring and experiencing the hidden gems on the trail and taking back unique and coveted treasures. Whether you’re kitchen side at a Chef’s Table watching your meal come together, picking out the perfect handcrafted board for your next big charcuterie party or learning what the difference is when making unpasteurized verses pasteurized cheese, you’ll love tasting your way along the trail. Real food and delicious tastes await you.
The Dairy Capital Cheese Fest has small town charm but delivers big and unique flavours from award-winning cheese makers, farmers, chocolatiers, breweries and wineries. You can only find it in Canada’s Dairy Capital!
Bright Cheese & Butter was established in 1874 by a group of local farmers who realized they had a surplus of milk each month from their livestock. Originally a cheese production facility, the company added butter to its product line on November 1, 1911.
Located 1 km north of Bright, Bright Cheese & Butter is known for their all natural, naturally aged cheese made with 100% local milk. Their cheeses are made the old fashioned way with customer service at its finest. Look for the Blue Cow symbol on all their products.
ZERO WASTE SPONSOR
The Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan creates a vision of a sustainable community
that balances community, environmental and economic interests. As a partnership organization, Future Oxford is the group of volunteers and partners who are taking responsibility for achieving those actions.
The role of the Zero Waste Oxford committee is to advocate, facilitate, support, monitor and report on Oxford’s achievement of the Zero Waste goal through the development of a plan to ensure Oxford has the disposal capacity it needs to meet all Oxford generated solid waste disposal demands through the year 2100.
The Dairy Capital Cheese Fest brings families together while supporting small businesses. The entrepreneurs that participate in this event are passionate and know the true meaning of hard work and dedication. Join us at this year's event and savour cheese, support local and celebrate community!
FRIENDS OF THE FESTIVAL
The Dairy Capital Cheese Fest is the perfect opportunity to promote your business and increase brand awareness through product exposure and interactive face-to-face experiences with festival attendees. Be part of something big in Oxford County and allow the community to participate in a fun filled family event that centers around supporting local businesses.
As a sponsor, you will reach over 1000 attendees, including the local community, tourists, vendors and volunteers. As before, the 5th Annual Dairy Capital Cheese Fest will include a variety of participating vendors from cheese makers, artisans, chefs, craft brewers to wine makers and feature demonstrations and talks and, new this year, hands-on experiential learning opportunities.
This year, we are partnering with the Ingersoll Cheese and Agricultural Museum to create a more interactive and immersive event and we are seeking partners who are keen on supporting local small businesses, farmers and experiential learning and development.