Cheese lovers taste samples from Carr Valley Cheese from Wisconsin during the Jungle Jim’s Big Cheese Festival, held at The Oscar Event Center at Jungle Jim’s International Market, Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015. The Eastgate location will host a cheese and bacon event this weekend. GREG LYNCH / STAFF
Photo: Greg Lynch
Photo: Greg Lynch

Did someone say cheese AND bacon festival?

The foodie theme park with two Cincinnati-area locations continues to improve and expand and the supermarket’s events are following suit.

“With the addition of Jungle Jim’s Cheese & Bacon Festival, our Buckeye Beer Bash, May’s Cocktails & Comedy and a few others we have yet to announce, we may have 15 or 16 this year,” said Jared Bowers, social media and content coordinator.

Jungle Jim’s Cheese & Bacon Festival, a family-friendly event Saturday at the Eastgate location, will feature demos from different vendors and departments both inside the festival area itself, as well as inside the store. A variety of dishes using some of the 1,200 cheeses Jungle Jim’s features at The Cheese Shop will be featured.

“We love the indulgence and extravagance of those two ingredients together, but enjoy the fact that they’re such simple ingredients that can be amplified both on their own and as components of a dish. They’re just two really fun foods that we think will be even more fun together,” said Bowers of the featured ingredients. “We thought that this would be a great introduction to what Jungle Fests are to our Eastgate customers. So far the response has been amazing.”

Bowers said he is hoping for 500-600 to attend the event in its first year.

Pre-sale tickets can be ordered online at www.junglefests.com or purchased at Customer Service at both Jungle Jim’s locations — they go up $2 if purchased on site.

The outdoor event will feature a beer garden and sample-sized portions of dishes featuring bacon and/or cheese.

For those that can’t go, here are five cheeses that you should check out the next time you are at the store:

  • Yancey’s Fancy Bacon Cheddar Ranch ($4.49)
  • Red Apple Cheese Honey Sriracha Gouda ($5.99)
  • Cabot’s Adirondack Cheddar ($4.49)
  • Artisan Cheese Exchange The Rattlesnake ($14.99/lb.)
  • Emmi Roth Kase Grand Cru ($11.99/lb).

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