You’ve never properly gone grocery shopping until you visit Jungle Jim’s International Market in Fairfield. Walk in the main entrance to be greeted by an animated corn on the cob and stick of butter. From there you’ll see animated characters throughout the store, like Elvis in the candy section or make a trip to Sherwood Forest to see Robin Hood. Jungle Jim’s is pure entertainment from the moment you walk in!
The goal Jungle Jim had in mind when creating the grocery store was that grocery shopping is boring, why not make it more fun? That’s exactly what he did! By incorporating food from around the world, animatronic characters, interesting displays, like the old Coney Island bumper cars being used for candy displays, and more, you don’t even feel like you’re grocery shopping. The restrooms are even award winning with their porta potta exteriors but with regular bathroom facilities with multiple stall interiors.
Not only can you get your grocery shopping done at Jungle Jim’s but you can get all your pets needs taken care of too! Taking about an hour-long tour around the store is a must to get insider information and even get a few samples! Here ten tidbits from Jungle John that you can learn more about on the tour:
- Jungle Jim’s has 6.5 acres of land
- There are 13,000 labels of wine sold
- 180,000 unique products are offered
- Approximately 100 different types of olives are available
- 33,000 pickles are sold each year
- 1,500 different kinds of cheeses are available
- Similarly, there are 1,500 different hot sauces
- 2,200 kitchen gadgets are available at the Gourmet Galeria
- 30 different types of apples are available in October
- 60-70 different countries are represented with items for sale including Fiji, Mexico, Costa Rica, Jamaica and more!
Another great reason to visit Jungle Jim’s is for their festivals, like the Big Cheese Festival on February 7-8. Really, who doesn’t love a festival devoted to all things cheese?
Want to know the top 10 cheese sold? Here you go!
· Blue Stilton
· Parmesan Reggiano
· Pecorino Romano
· Sartori Merlot Bellavitano
· Smoked Gouda
Out of these 10, cheddar is always a crowd favorite. You can change it up and do a flavored cheddar like the spicy cheddars, garlic, horseradish, smoked, cranberry, blueberry and pepperoni. There are also aged cheddars as well, ranging anywhere from a six month cheddar to a twelve year cheddar.
Or, if you’re looking for something different, try one of these unique cheeses: Rouge River Blue, a blue made with only the summer milk and wrapped with syrah leaves, teleme cheese-cow's milk, soft creamy cheese, tangy, covered in rice flour. Or beehive cheeses cheddar-like cheeses wrapped in unique flavors like barely buzzed espresso and lavender. You could even go for seahive honey and sea-salt and teahive which is covered in bergamot and tea.