Georgs Kolesnikovs first fell in love with artisan cheese when he tasted Oka as a teenager, when the Trappists still made it.As founder and director of The Great Canadian Cheese Festival, he has extensive experience in event management and promotion—and a lifelong passion for cheese.Georgs writes the popular cheese blog CheeseLover.ca. Twice a year, he makes cheese at home. Once a year, he visits major cheese festivals in North America and Europe, looking for ideas on how to improve The Great Canadian Cheese Festival. He founded The Great Canadian Cheese Festival in 2011 after being disappointed with how little cheese there was to be found at popular shows in Ontario that billed themselves as “wine and cheese” events. By its second year, the Cheese Festival became the biggest artisan cheese show in Canada, attracting 4,000 lovers of cheese, food and drink. His most recent project was to launch an independent Canadian cheese judging and competition in 2014 covering all milks: cow, goat, sheep and water buffalo. Like the Festival, Canadian Cheese Awards/Le Concours des fromages fins canadiens is open only to Canadian cheesemakers who turn the pure milk of Canadian cows, goats, sheep and water buffalo into cheese, using no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives, and no modified milk ingredients. A lifelong journalist, with experience in newspapers, magazines and radio, Georgs publishes two biennual magazines: Circumnavigator and Glory Road. In the 1970s, he founded Cycle Canada and Moto Journal. In the 1990s, he was publisher of Up Here.