Big Cheese Festival
Details for our 2020 Big Cheese Festival are to be announced. For a taste of what it's like to attend the cheesiest fest in the Midwest explore details below!
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!

Our annual Big Cheese Festival is the ultimate two-day homage to fromage! We bring out the best and the brightest of the cheese and charcuterie world for you to taste, enjoy, and savor with expertly-selected beer and wine pairings. Family-friendly and crafted for enthusiastic amateurs, connoisseurs, and fanatics alike, the Big Cheese Festival is the premier event for fromagers everywhere! This year, we’re going Big (Cheese) with a brand new, completely remodeled VIP experience that includes a VIPs-only lounge, exclusive cheeses that will only be available to VIPs, and beer, wine, and whiskey samples! Visit the ticket page for VIP, General Admission, and Kids pricing and details!

The Festival

Life is Great, but Cheese Makes it Better! 
Cheese is good when served alone, but we’ll make it even better with a delectable selection of meats, olives, breads, and a variety of condiments including spreads, jams, and fruits! Be on the lookout for a variety of food booths amongst the tables of cheese.

Brie Mine 
As always, all of the products showcased at our festival are available in the store! If you love what you taste, our Cheese Shop is a short stroll away where you’ll find all of your new favorites available for purchase!

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. Purchase a drinking wristband at the festival for full access to all of our recommended beer and wine pairings! With a drinking wristband, you’ll receive a souvenir tasting glass that will allow you to sample beers and wines from vendors throughout the festival! These cannot be ordered in advance and must be purchased the day of the event. Wristbands are already included with VIP tickets.

Say Cheese!
This is a family-friendly show with exciting activities planned for all ages! There will be live music to complement the experience, as well as several entertaining photo opportunities and activities available throughout the day.


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.

Demo Schedule
Demo details coming soon!


  • VIP Area

Directions, Parking & Lodging


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


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?

    February 9 & 10

  • 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
  • How much are tickets?

    See Tickets for detailed information.

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

  • Can I bring my child?

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

  • 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. As well as the greenhouse located in the front of the store.

  • How much is parking?


  • Is Beer and Wine included in the ticket price?

    VIP ticket holders will have access to beer & wine within the entire show as well as the newly added Exclusive VIP Area. However, General Admission ticket holders must purchase a wristband at the event either Saturday or Sunday to Enjoy Beer & Wine Samples only within the GA area of the show.

  • 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.



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

    With a General Admission ticket, you’ll gain access to taste and savor cheeses from around the world! Make your Big Cheese experience even better by purchasing a drinking wristband at the show to sample our recommended beers and wines. This is a fantastic option for those who want to enjoy the festival, relax, and perhaps have a few drinks!

  • Kids Ticket

    This event is family friendly, so bring the whole crew! Your children will be delighted by our family-friendly activities and they’ll love our cheeses! Kids’ tickets are for children aged 5 to 12 years old. Children 4 years old and younger enter free.

  • New & Improved VIP Experience

    With our brand new all-access VIP ticket, you’ll gain entrance to all areas of the festival, including an exclusive VIPs-only lounge with select cheeses that will only be available to VIP ticket-holders! VIPs will also receive a signature tasting glass to sample beers, wines, and whiskeys exclusive to the VIP lounge! Of course, with a VIP ticket, you’ll receive a drinking wristband to sample beer and wine pairings from the General Admission area, as well. If you want to enjoy a fully-immersive, all-inclusive festival experience, this option is for you! VIP tick are extremely limited, so we recommend purchasing these in advance!

  • Drinking Wristband

    Purchase a Drinking Wristband at the festival for full access to all of our recommended beer, wine, and whiskey pairings! With a Drinking Wristband, you’ll receive a souvenir tasting glass that will allow you to sample any drinks of your choosing. These cannot be ordered in advance and must be purchased at the festival! Wristbands are already included with VIP tickets.

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

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