An Olympics Guide to Cheese in Vancouver, BC

Flower Chevre CheeseSeems like everyone is weighing in on all of the best places to eat and drink in Vancouver, BC during the Olympics, so I'm going to jump right in. One of the many great things about Vancouver is its unabashed enthusiasm for two of my favorite things - tea and cheese (maybe it's a British colonial thing?)...in any event, here's a roundup of what to eat and do, cheese-wise, in Vancouver, BC. Les Amis du Fromage Cheese lovers, this is it - Vancouver's cheese destination. Get to Les Amis du Fromage by any means necessary. They've got three locations in the city and the Hastings St. location is also home to Au Petit Chavignol, a wine/cheese bar. You'll find a fabulous selection of locally made cheeses as well as a huge spread of French cheeses, many of which you don't see very often in the US.

Granville Island Market Granville Island will be the official home to the French Quarter during the Olympics, so I can only imagine the crowds will far exceed those at Granville Island even on a sunny summer day. Nevertheless, the Granville Island Market is home to a number of great cheese shops and the lovely and amazing Oyama Sausage Company, the coolest charcuterie and cured meats shop in the Pacific Northwest. Yes, I did just say that.

Other cheese shops and retail outlets with good cheese include Mt. Pleasant Cheese Co. on Cambie (this will be easy to get to because it's right on the Canada Line); Benton Brothers Fine Cheese and Meinhardt Fine Foods. The larger markets generally have a good selection of artisan made cheeses as well, like Capers on Robson (they still call it Capers but really it's a Whole Foods) and Urban Fare with several locations including Yaletown.

The Vancouver Farmers Market The Vancouver Winter Market is going full swing through the Olympics and generally you'll find several local cheesemakers with stalls there.

And if you're feeling like getting away from the Olympic crowds, you might check out The Farm House Natural Cheeses in Agassiz, about an hour or so east of Vancouver. Debra Amrein-Boyes is making some of the best cheeses in the province at this lovely farm in the Fraser Valley.

BC Cheeses Not to Miss Keep your eyes out for cheese from these British Columbia cheesemakers: Salt Spring Island Cheese Co. (especially their lovely flowered chevres, and also the Montaña if you can find it); Poplar Grove's Tiger Blue, Carmelis Goat Cheeses, Moonstruck Organic Cheese and Hilary's Artisan Cheeses.