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Cheese Festival at Sofitel Philippine Plaza

Thursday, July 10, 2014
Sofitel Philippine Plaza, the only French luxury hotel here in the country, and the home of what most of us tagged as the best hotel buffet in Manila (Spiral Buffet), is celebrating its French heritage culminating during Bastille Day through a Cheese Festival. This festival which started on July 9 and will last only until the 13th of this month features never before tasted artisan cheese from France. Over 100 kinds of cheeses are set to make any cheese aficionados heart beat faster than they can say J’Adore Le Fromage!

In line with Sofitel’s Cheese Festival, Maître Fromagier Gérard Poulard joins the Sofitel team to present variety of artisan cheeses cultivated from different regions of France for their guests to enjoy. Aside from the glorious cheeses to feast on, wines are also thrown in the mix for an ultimate French experience.

Although available only on limited days, there are three ways for everyone to partake of this cheesy (no pun intended) event.

Feast of Cheeses at Spiral’s L’Epicerie

Spiral is the only hotel buffet here in the country that is known to showcase its own cheese room (Spiral’s L’Epicerie). Although varieties of cheeses are available at the cheese room, the festival holds a promise that the guest’s fromage experience will be taken a notch higher. 

Guests who avail of lunch and dinner buffet will will get a chance to try 101 cheeses during the entire promotion (over 31 cheeses per day) which Maître Fromagier Gérard Poulard will showcase for sampling at the legendary cheese room. 

Some of the cheeses included are the French AOP (Appellation d'Origine Protegee) cheeses namely Banon , Cantal Salers vieux Morin, Chevrotin des Aravis Fermier, Coulommiers Suzerain, Ticodon and Reblochon Fermier to popular cheeses such as Abondance thones fermiere AOC,  Boulette d’Avesne Blanche Leduc  AOC, Camembert Fort, Comte Reserve Fort, Munster, Reblochon Fermier, Roquefort Baragnaudes, Ossau Iraty Basco, Pont Léveque Suzerain LC AOC,  and rare cheeses such as Saint Felicien Coupelle Papier, Saint Felicien Tentation Vercors, Fouchtra de Chèvre, Époisses Selection Berthaut, Couronne Lochoise Cendree, Charolais Clacbitou, Brebis Saveur Du Maquis GM and Bouchon Sarment D’Amour.    

Spiral Lunch starts from Php 1,980 +++, Sunday Brunch starts from Php 3,332 +++ including champagne and French wine, Spiral Dinner starts from Php 2,345+++ Sunday to Thursday and Php 2,545+++ Friday and Saturday.

Private Wine and Cheese Tasting Classes at Spiral 

French Cheese Ambassador, Fromagier Gerard Poulard and Wine Specialist  Monsieur Pierre-Marie David will be conducting a wine and cheese tasting classes for cheese enthusiasts. This private engagement will only accomodate 8 person per class and will be conducted from 10th – 13th July, 4:30pm to 5:30pm at L’Epicerie. Price is P1,500 net per person.

Wine and Cheese Buffet at Le Bar

Cheese can go well with a lot of things but wine is definitely on top of the list. Hence, in a festival like this, a wine and cheese buffet is called for. At Le Bar, for only Php 1,850 net, you will get to have an exclusive privilege of sampling a selection of premium artisanal French cheese from the cheese collection of renowned fromagier Gerard Poulard. Also included are 15 featured wines from all over France from the collection of wine expert Pierre Marie David, especially flown in from France. This buffet is from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Those who will be using their Visa Card to avail of this promo will get a 20% discount today, Thursday 10th of July 2014.

Whether you are a cheese lover or not, you are invited to partake of this festivity at Sofitel. It’s not everyday that we have a chance to try artisanal cheeses as extensive as this, so I suggest that you call them now and make a reservation for this rare opportunity .

For reservations and inquiries, please call (632) 832.6988 and (632) 551.5555 ext. 6988, or email

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