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  • Writer's pictureAlison Golding

Creating the Perfect Charcuterie Board & Simcoe County Cheese Shops



Creating a charcuterie board can be a fun and creative way to entertain guests or enjoy a snack. Here are some tips to help you make the perfect charcuterie board.


  1. Choose a variety of meats: A good charcuterie board should have a variety of cured meats, such as prosciutto and salami or even pâté.

  2. Include cheese: Cheese is a staple on any charcuterie board. Consider a mix of soft and hard and mild and sharp cheeses, such as brie, old cheddar, blue and gouda. Make sure to choose a variety of colors and flavors to add visual interest.

  3. Aim for a mix of textures and flavors, such as a soft and creamy cheese, a crunchy cracker, and a spicy salami.

  4. Add crackers and bread: A charcuterie board is not complete without crackers or bread to accompany the meats. Opt for a variety of shapes and textures, such as round crackers, crispbreads, and slices of baguette.

  5. Add fruits and nuts: Fruits and nuts provide a sweet contrast to the salty meats and cheeses on the board. Opt for seasonal fruits such as grapes, berries, dried fruits or even olives. Nuts like almonds, walnuts, and pecans also add a crunchy texture to the board.

  6. Spreads and dips: A charcuterie board is not complete without a selection of spreads and dips. Consider hummus, pesto, and tapenade, or even a simple honey or jelly.

  7. Arrange your items: Once you have gathered all of your ingredients, arrange them in a visually appealing way. Start by placing the meats and cheeses on your board. then add the crackers, bread, fruits, nuts, and spreads to fill in the empty spaces.

  8. Add finishing touches: Finally, add a few finishing touches to make your charcuterie board special. Consider using a beautiful cutting board and serving utensils and garnishing with fresh herbs or flowers to bring everything together.


Creating a charcuterie board can be a fun and rewarding experience. By following these tips, you'll be able to create a visually stunning and deliious board for your guests to enjoy.


Now that you are all set to make your board, here is a list of Simcoe County cheese shops where you can pick up everything you need:

J’Adore- Barrie (Website, Facebook, Instagram)


Daggs and Willow- Collingwood. (Website, Facebook, Instagram)


The Cheesy Corner- Stayner  (Website, Facebook, Instagram)


Rind and Truckle- Orillia  (Website, Instagram)


The Mouse Trap- Midland  (Website, Facebook, Instagram)



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