January 20 is International Cheese Lovers Day! Whether you’re a seasoned gourmand or a newbie to the food scene, go ahead and indulge your tastebuds with delectable cheeses from local makers, cheese shops, and restaurants across Edmonton.
1) The Cheese Factory
Located on Whyte Avenue, this local gem doesn’t just sell cheese—they make it, too! Their in-house production focuses on fresh, French-Canadian-style cheese curds (perfect for homemade poutine) and their famous beer cheeses. You can also find a wide variety of Havarti, cheddar, and other favourites. If you can’t make it out to the shop, select items are available for delivery. || 8943 Whyte (82) Ave, 780-450-2143.
Appenzeller from Switzerland, Époisses de Bourgogne from France, Cornish Yarg from the United Kingdom—if you’re looking for uncommon, artisanal cheeses from around the world, Cavern is the place to go! This unique cheese store also operates as a cafe and wine bar (though dine-in is currently suspended). With something new every time you visit, you’ll experience a world of mouthwatering discoveries. Sign up for their monthly Cheese Club to get a curated selection of cheeses and charcuterie delivered right to your door! || 10169–104 St, 780-455-1336.
3) Paddy’s International Cheese Market
Be warned—with over 100 varieties in stock, you’ll find it hard to choose! Paddy’s selection ranges from classics like Gouda and brie all the way to truly unique flavours (horseradish, anyone?). Get everything you need for your cheese platter in one place with their wide assortment of crackers, meats, dips, and more. Step into their High Street shop and prepare for a delicious adventure! || 12509-102 Ave, 780-413-0367.
4) Italian Centre Shop
Inside the Italian Centre Shop’s four Edmonton and Sherwood Park locations, you’ll find a bounty of over 300 kinds of cheese from over 20 countries—the widest selection in Alberta! For the ultimate cheese pilgrimage, head to their Sherwood Park store and visit their “Cheese Cathedral”, where dozens of wheels of fine cheeses, from Swiss Emmentaler to Dutch Landana, adorn the walls. Order a picture-perfect cheese or charcuterie board—or shop a wide selection of crackers, meats, and more to make your own. || Various locations.
5) A Cappella Catering
If your favourite incarnation of cheese is when it comes paired with mac, you’re in for a treat! A Cappella Catering’s famous Signature Chorizo Mac ‘n Cheese, made with aged cheddar, provolone, and mozzarella, is available both as both a ready-to-eat meal and a take-and-bake option, with delivery also available. Plus, when warmer weather rolls around, you can get your mac n’ cheese fix from A Cappella Catering’s Curbside food truck. || 12105-120 Ave, 780-454-2642.
6) BODEGA by SABOR
Fine cheeses from Alberta, Quebec, Holland, Spain, Portugal, and Italy come together to make up the delicious appetizers and tapas found at BODEGA’s five locations across Edmonton. BODEGA’s chef team uses 10 wheels of Manchego cheese each week—and that’s just one of the varieties they use! Try their bestselling bacon-wrapped dates stuffed with cheese, or indulge in other favourites like spinach empanadillas and serrano ham croquettes. Pair all this cheesy goodness with wine from BODEGA’s extensive selection for an indulgent night out on the town. || Various locations.
Looking for more on Edmonton’s food scene? Watch for our upcoming Spring 2022 issue!