Big Cheese Festival
Dates to be announced
Where: The Oscar Event Center
5440 Dixie Highway
Fairfield, OH 45014
Cost: TBA

Experience the World of Cheese at Jungle Jim’s Big Cheese Festival!

Family friendly, crafted for both fanatics and easygoing cheese enthusiasts alike, The Big Cheese Festival is a two day homage to fromage, honoring age old traditions and celebrating new flavors at the same time. Each day, Jungle Jim’s International Market brings out the best and brightest in the cheese, charcuterie, wine and beer world for pairings beyond compare. Tables will be buckling under the weight of so many different and delicious offerings. This year, we’re going BIG! Visit our Blog for videos and photos from last years event!

The Festival


All You Need is Cheese!It’s all about cheese at Jungle Jim’s Big Cheese Festival. With over 1,400 cheeses offered every day in our amazing Cheese Shop, it’s no surprise that we have enough to dedicate an entire festival to celebrate its deliciousness. Experience a world of cheese featuring 40+ booths from over 80 companies, sharing their goods across a range of styles and flavors. We’ll have local, artisan, and international cheeses as well as charcuterie and more, all under one roof!


Life is Great But Cheese Makes it BetterCheese is good when served alone, but you will excite your taste buds even more with the delectable selection of meats, olives, breads, and a variety of condiments including spreads, jams, and fruits we’ll have throughout. So be on the lookout for a variety of food booths amongst the tables of cheese.



Where There’s Wine, There’s a Whey!Nothing goes better with cheese than a cold beer or glass of wine – the flavors are enhanced when they’re paired together. There will be multiple stations throughout the festival, all placed by region so finding the perfect pair will be easy as possible. Wine and beer will be available for purchase at the event by the glass, or get a VIP or drinking wristband and enjoy samples throughout the day.


Say Cheese!This is a family friendly show, with exciting things planned for all ages! There will be lively music to complement the experience, and there will be several entertaining photo opportunities available throughout the day. Be sure to vote for some of your favorite cheeses, as well. You can help crown Best in Show or, if you’re up to the task, the Stinkiest Cheese! This show is bursting with all types of fun to see, try, and experience.


Activities

Best of the Fest Awards
Be part of the excitement and help us vote for the Best of the Fest Awards. We will be awarding prizes based on voting by all Big Cheese festival attendees. Be sure to stop by one of the voting kiosks at the show and enjoy tasting all the cheeses up for an award.

Watch a Cheese Carver in Action
Back by popular demand! Sarah “The Cheese Lady” Kaufmann returns with cheese carving demos throughout the festival. Be sure to stop by from time to time to see her creation progress as well as trying some of the “scraps” that her carving produces.

Kids Activities
Stilt Walker, Face Painter, Balloon Twister, Photobooth and more.

Demo Schedule
In the Cooking School. Must be 21 years of age or older. Space is Limited to 40 Seats. Come early!

Mac & Cheese Alley
Oh, you didn’t think we were only going to give you the best cheeses from around the world, did you? We’re excited to welcome some of the area’s best restaurants to our very first Mac ‘N Cheese Alley, where they’ll be sampling their delicious, ooey-gooey mac and cheese goodness just for Big Cheese Festival attendees! Even better, this is included in the cost of your ticket!

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Directions, Parking & Lodging

GET DIRECTIONS

The Oscar Event Center at Jungle Jim’s International Market
5440 Dixie Highway
Fairfield, OH 45014

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Need somewhere to stay?

Jungle Jim's has partnered with the following hotels and special offers may be available for customers who book their rooms with them. When making your reservations be sure to mention that you will be attending a Junglefest!

  • Holiday Inn at Centre Park of West Chester

    5800 Muhlhauser Rd.
    West Chester Township, OH 45069

    Welcome to the Brand New West Chester Hotel at Centre Park! Welcome as you begin your journey to Centre Park and step into an extraordinary experience at the Holiday Inn Cincinnati North - West Chester featuring Ohio’s first Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse. Located 20 miles from Downtown Cincinnati and within minutes of I-275 and I-75, our hotel rises above all of the competition.

    Free Shuttle!

    Phone: 513-874-2744

  • Cincinnati Marriott North

    6189 Muhlhauser Rd.
    West Chester, OH 45069

    The Cincinnati Marriott North at Union Centre is the perfect place for you to stay on your next getaway! Located conveniently off of I-75 in West Chester, the Cincinnati Marriott North features 295 comfortable guest rooms, 24-hour business center, wireless Internet, non-smoking rooms, indoor lap pool, executive fitness center, and so much more! The property also features the RiverCity Grille Restaurant and Lounge, a great casual dining experience, which is a great way to end a long day!

    Phone: 513-874-7335

  • Hilton Garden Inn

    9306 Schulze Dr.
    West Chester, OH 45069

    The Hilton Garden Inn West Chester hotel is conveniently located off I-75 within one mile of businesses, shops, restaurants and many activities! Feel at home in a bright and spacious guest room or suite, equipped with complimentary WiFi, an HDTV, a mini-refrigerator, a plush Garden Sleep System bed, a work desk with ergonomic chair and a Keurig® coffee maker. Unwind in the Lounge or on the patio, and enjoy tasty American cuisine in the welcoming Garden Grille & Bar.

    Phone: 513-860-3170

  • Courtyard by Marriott Hamilton

    1 Riverfront Plaza
    Hamilton, OH 45011

    The Courtyard by Marriott Hamilton hotel is ideal for the business traveler, with 120 guestrooms, 6,500 square feet of meeting and banquet space with full catering available, and a healthy breakfast buffet. Looking for Miami University hotels? The Courtyard by Marriott Hamilton is a short drive from Miami University and a perfect choice for your next trip to Butler County.Situated in the heart of downtown Hamilton, “The City of Sculpture,” the Courtyard by Marriott Hamilton is close to many dining, entertainment, and shopping options. The Courtyard provides exactly the room you need for work, relaxation and sleep with a large work area with well-lit desk and free high-speed Internet access. Also available is an indoor pool, exercise room, and business center.

    Phone: 513-896-6200

  • Quality Inn West Chester

    8567 Cincinnati Dayton Rd.
    West Chester, OH 45069

    The Quality Inn of West Chester is located conveniently off of I-75. The hotel features wonderful guest amenities including: a spacious heated indoor swimming pool, business center, Internet access, and exceptional customer service!

    Phone: 513-755-3900

  • Four Points by Sheraton Cincinnati North

    7500 Tylers Place Boulevard,
    West Chester, OH, 45069

    Four Points by Sheraton Cincinnati North is centrally located between Dayton and Cincinnati, minutes from the Voice of America Center, Cincinnati Premium Outlets, and Miami Valley Gaming. Enjoy fast & free WiFi, free parking, and local Best Brews® craft beer during your stay at our West Chester hotel.

    Phone: 513-777-1101

  • Home2 Suites

    7145 Liberty Centre Dr.
    Liberty Township, OH 45069

    Settle in and stay a while at our new Home2 Suites by Hilton Cincinnati Liberty Center. Enjoy all the comforts of home just minutes from downtown Cincinnati and adjacent to Liberty Town Center. Business travelers appreciate our proximity to businesses such as Jungle Jim's, Cincinnati Enquirer, GE Aviation, Level 3 Communications and Proctor & Gamble.

    Phone: 513-644-2207

Frequently Asked Questions

  • When is the festival?

    Dates to be announced

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  • Where is the festival?

    Jungle Jim’s Big Cheese Festival will be held in the elegant Oscar Event Center located above Jungle Jim’s. Please park in the spaces
    designated for The Oscar Event Center located to the left as you come in the main entrance with the gorilla sign.

    The Oscar Event Center at Jungle Jim’s
    5440 Dixie Highway
    Fairfield, OH 45014
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  • How much are tickets?

    See Tickets for detailed information.

    The earlier you purchase tickets the better the price will be.

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  • Can I bring my child?

    Yes, the Big Cheese Festival is perfect for the entire family.

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  • Is the event indoors or outdoors?

    The Jungle Jim’s Big Cheese Festival will be held in the Oscar Event Center, conveniently located above Jungle Jim’s International Market.

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  • How much is parking?

    Free.

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  • Is Beer and Wine included in the ticket price?

    It depends on the ticket you purchase. If you purchase the early admission ticket, you will receive a wristband once you arrive. Please note, early admission tickets are only available for our guests 21+.

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  • Why is Beer and Wine not included?

    The primary focus of the Big Cheese Festival is trying new cheeses. In order to keep the ticket cost down for the general attendee, there must be an additional charge for beer and wine.

    Please note, the general admission tickets do not include beer & wine.

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Tickets

Family friendly, crafted for both fanatics and easygoing cheese enthusiasts alike, The Big Cheese Festival is a two day homage to fromage, honoring age old traditions and celebrating new flavors at the same time. Each day, Jungle Jim’s International Market brings out the best and brightest in the cheese, charcuterie, wine and beer world for pairings beyond compare. Tables will be buckling under the weight of so many different and delicious offerings. This year, we’re going BIG!

  • General Admission

    Gets you into the show when the doors open at noon, then you’re free to sample as much as you like throughout your time at the event.

    Kids Ticket

    Gets them into the show, where we’ll have face painting and balloon art, plus stilt walkers, and a free photo booth for you to snag some super sweet snapshots.

    • General Admission TBD
    • Kids Tickets TBD
  • VIP

    Allows for entry into The Big Cheese Festival one full hour early, so you can beat the crowd and find some favorites right away. You’ll also receive a wristband and glass that allows for drink samples throughout the show.

    • VIP TBD

Best of the Fest 2017 Winners

  • Best in Show

    First Place
    Bertozzi Specialty Parmigiano Reggiano - Solo Di Bruna Parmigiano Reggiano

    Second Place
    Sweet Grass Dairy - Green Hill

  • Best American Original

    First Place
    Howard's Creek - Authentic Beer Cheese

    Second Place
    Red Apple Cheese - Apple Smoked Gruyere Bar

    Third Place
    Widmer's Cheese Cellars - Brick Che

  • Best Cheddar

    First Place
    Tillamook Cheese - Extra Sharp Cheddar

    Second Place
    Cabot Creamery - Farmhouse Reserve

    Third Place
    Montchevre - Goat Milk Cheddar

  • Best Blue

    First Place
    Deer Creek - The Blue Jay

    Second Place
    Sweet Grass Dairy - Asher Blue

    Third Place

  • Best Charcuterie

    First Place
    BrewCity Sausage Co. - Bourbon Barrel Sausage Bites

    Second Place
    Les Trois Petits Cochons - Terrine de Trois Rois

    Third Place

  • Best Flavored Cheese

    First Place
    Tillamook Cheese - Smoked Cheddar

    Second Place
    Mackenzie Creamery - Sour Cherry Bourbon Chevre

    Third Place

  • Best Sheep/Goat

    First Place
    Mackenzie Creamery - Sour Cherry Bourbon Chevre

    Second Place
    Montchevre - Jalapeno Goat Cheese

    Third Place