• The Festival
  • Creameries
  • Activities
  • Awards
  • Photos


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: Saturday & Sunday 12:00 - 3:00pm
  • Face Painter: Saturday & Sunday 1:00 - 3:00pm
  • Balloon Twister: Saturday & Sunday 3:00 - 5:00pm
  • Worldwalk Productions: Saturday & Sunday 12:00 - 5:00pm
    (Complementary Instant Photography)

Demo Schedule

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

Saturday - Leigh Ochs  
1:00pm Bloomin' Jalapeno Cheese Bread
2:00pm Grilled Cedar-Planked Brie with Raspberries and Honey
3:00pm Baked Penne with Five Cheese
Sunday - Jacob Hacker  
1:00pm Cheese & Beer
2:00pm Cheese & Charcuterie 
3:00pm Cheese & Chocolate

Leigh Ochs
Leigh Ochs is the director of The Cooking School at Jungle Jim’s International Market. Starting out as guest instructor at The Cooking School from 2005- 2010, she assumed directorship in 2010. Her training includes ten years of LaVarenne cooking school sessions at The Greenbrier in West Virginia, cooking and studying with Julia Child, Anne Willan, Lynne Rossetto Kasper, Todd English and other top chefs in the industry. Leigh has worked as both a personal and private chef, and owned a cafe in Cincinnati.

Jacob Hacker

Born and raised in Cincinnati, Jacob has been with Jungle Jim's International Market for nearly 5 years. As part of the Eastgate Cheese Shop team, Jacob has been with the store since it opened and is currently Assistant Manager. In that time he has sampled nearly every variety of cheese to come through the shop, and has tirelessly paired them with everything he can think of. Having led many Tasting & Pairing classes at our Eastgate location, it only makes sense for him to share his knowledge and passion with those attending our Big Cheese Festival.

Mac & Cheese Ally

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!