For the past nine months, one of the stars of the Ottawa Wine and Food Festival has been living in a sandstone cave, just outside of Lucerne, Switzerland.
That’s because the cave is such perfect balance of constant temperature and humidity that what goes in as a 35kg wheel of Le Gruyère cheese comes out as world-famous Kaltbach Le Gruyère.
Renowned for its flavour, it is the anchor cheese for Cheeses of Switzerland display at the Ottawa Wine and Food Festival.
“When it comes out of the cave, it is incredible. Very few caves around the world are amenable to aging cheeses, but the results are delicious,” says Joe Dal Ferro, president of Cheeses of Switzerland.
Cheese fans will also be treated to melted raclette and Tête de Moines, a cheese invented by monks 900 years ago that is cut using a special knife known as a girolle to create rosettes.
“We want to excite consumers and participants,” says Dal Ferro. “These cheeses will certainly do that.”