How to Build the Perfect Charcuterie Board
for a Summer Picnic


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A picnic charcuterie board is a great way to take your gathering outdoors. After all, who doesn’t love a good spread of meats and cheeses on a sunny afternoon? Stonetown Cheese has the tips you need to know to create a portable board that is equally beautiful and delicious.

Stonetown Cheese Charcuterie Board
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Choosing a Foundation

Traditional charcuterie boards, whether beautiful wood grain or marble, are nice but not essential. A simple platter, plate, cutting board, or even a roll of brown paper can make the perfect base. Once you start laying out your cheeses, meats, and fruit, you won’t see much of the board anyway! Just make sure that your base is easy to move if needed.

Select Your Cheeses

Stonetown’s Smoked Chipotle cheese starts out smooth with a hint of smoky flavour, then its chipotle heat warms the tongue in all the best ways. Crackers are a classic pairing and clean your palate after a bite of spicy cheese. Summer fruits like strawberries or raspberries balance out the spicy flavour and add vibrant colours to the board.

Indulge your senses with the rich and creamy Jalapeño Chili Pepper, a unique choice that is creamy with the perfect hint of heat. Perfect on top of toasted Calabrese bread, sandwiched into a grilled cheese, or melted on nachos, this cheese will become a tried and true favourite in your snack repertoire.

Include Cured Meats

You can’t go wrong with salami, prosciutto, and sausage. In fact, the best platters have a little bit of everything. If you don’t eat meat, trade them in for olives, crackers, or even in-season veggies!

Add Something Sweet

Where there’s salty, there must be sweet. When selecting fruits for your board, make sure to choose some colourful options. Incorporate fruit that is in season and easy to grab. Peaches, strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries are all great options to consider. For some extra sweetness, include a small bowl of honey for drizzling on top of fruit and cheese stacks.

Stonetown Cheese Smoked Chipotle Cheese
© Courtesy of Stonetown Cheese
Stonetown Cheese Jalapeno Chili Pepper Cheese
© Courtesy of Stonetown Cheese

About Stonetown Cheese

It was always our dream to produce delicious, high-quality cheese reminiscent of the renowned Swiss Mountains. In 1996, we immigrated to Canada, with our three children in tow, to start our own dairy farm in St. Marys, Ontario.

With a profound commitment to creating cheese of the highest quality, our humble dream became a reality. Our cheese is handcrafted alpine-style cheese made with fresh whole cow’s milk from our family farm. To ensure our cheese is pure, natural and of the highest quality and taste, the milk we use is unpasteurized and additive-free.

Our commitment to producing high-quality cheese is best reflected in the care we give to our Holstein cows. They live in a clean and comfortable free-stall barn, sleep year-round on beach sand, and enjoy feed of the best quality.

Life is great. Cheese makes it better. Shop Stonetown Cheese at Sobeys, Metro, Longo’s, and specialty food stores, or online at

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Stonetown Artisan Cheese is an on-farm cheese plant located in St. Marys, Ontario. Our award winning hand crafted alpine style cheese is made with fresh whole cow’s milk from our family farm. In order to obtain a great taste, the milk is unpasteurized and has no additives. This ensures that the cheese is pure and natural. The cheese making process is very similar to how cheese has been made for centuries in the mountain dairies in the Swiss Alps.


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