Tags: Artisan, Cheese, Food, Ohio, Ohio Swiss Festival, Sugarcreek Ohio, Swiss, Switzerland
September 30-Oct 1, 2011 58th Annual Ohio Swiss Festival
Held in Sugarcreek, the Little Switzerland of Ohio, with parades, queen pageant, musical entertainment, rides, 5K Swiss Cheese Chase, cheese auction, cheesemaking contest, Steintossen stone throwing, yodeling Swiss cheese eating and Swiss costume contests. Sample award-winning wine and cheese from our local artisans throughout the festival.
The Ohio Swiss Festival was originally organized to celebrate the Sugarcreek area’s Swiss heritage and to help numerous local artisan cheese makers selloff any excess Swiss cheese they may have produced. That said, after nearly 60 years, it continues to be a success.
Sugarcreek and its surrounding area were heavily populated by German and Swiss settlers. At one time the art of cheese making was practiced much like it was in the old country – starting with little more than a copper kettle, milk and small fire. While time and Environmental Protection Agency standards have changed, the quality of cheese in this area of Ohio continues to be world class.
Many of the families that started making cheese all those years ago continue to pass on the tradition from generation to generation. While you can find big-box cheese at your local super market, you won’t find the quality, craftsmanship or family touch that you will at the cheese houses in the Sugarcreek Area.
Nor will you find the selection of quality all in one place, like you can at the Ohio Swiss Festival.