Tillamook Cheese visits the zoo

June 14, 2012 - 1:43pm

Tillamook is offering discounted zoo entry and free cheese Father's Day, June 17

What do orangutans, a Volkswagen bus and loaves of cheddar have in common? They will all be at the Oregon Zoo this Sunday, June 17, when cheese enthusiasts from local dairy favorite Tillamook Cheese set up camp at the zoo as part of the Loaf Love Tour, a cross-country road trip dedicated to making tasty cheese available to the masses.

The first 100 Tillamook fans to come to the zoo's main gates wearing orange will gain free entry to the zoo. After the first hundred tickets are given out, visitors sporting orange apparel will receive $1 off regular admission prices. Along with its signature orange bus and a costumed mascot affectionately known as Loafie, Tillamook will also have a booth at the entry plaza with plenty of samples.

If a taste of Tillamook has visitors wanting to know more about the bovine origins of cheese, the zoo's Dexter cows will be available for viewing at the Trillium Creek Family Farm, which is part of the zoo's Great Northwest exhibit.

The nearly 100-year-old Tillamook County Creamery Association has earned a reputation as one of the nation's premier brands of cheese and dairy. Tillamook is a national marketer of naturally aged cheddar and a variety of other premier dairy products. TCCA is most famously known for its internationally award-winning Tillamook cheddar cheese.