2014 VERMONT 2014
VERMONT FOOD & WINE FESTIVALS, SHOWS AND EVENTS
(See also: 2013 - 2012 - 2011 - 2009)
January 28-30, 2014 Vermont Farm Show
Essex Junction, Vermont
The Farm Show is Vermont’s largest agricultural showcase. For agricultural professionals, it is an opportunity to meet with vendors, preview products and machinery, attend trade association meetings, and network within the farm community. The show also holds wide appeal for the general public. With tractors, farm animals, and agricultural products on display, there’s something for everyone at the Farm Show. Young and old alike flock to Consumer Night to see and taste Vermont products during the Buy Local Market and the Capital Cook-off.
January 29, 2014 Consumer NIght at the Vermont Farm Show
Essex Junction, Vermont
The Buy Local Market will present consumers with an ideal opportunity to "taste, learn and buy Vermont agricultural products" from across our state in one convenient place. The “Capital Cook-off,” an Iron Chef-type competition in which teams from the Vermont House of Representatives, Senate, and Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets will face off in a battle of culinary skills, will also occur again this year. Teams will have ninety minutes to create a dish using Vermont products bought at the Buy Local Market. There is no cost for parking or admission to the Farm Show, but attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food donation for the Vermont Food Bank.
February 1, 2014 Taste of Vermont - Stratton Mountain, Vermont
Stratton Foundation Taste of Vermont, A Culinary Event. Tastings from 50 of the area's finest Restaurants, Professional and Amateur Chefs. Meet and greet cookbook authors.
February 8-9, 2014 Valentine Wine & Chocolate Weekend
Vermont winemakers are hosting a statewide Wine and Chocolate Weekend in honor of Valentine’s Day. Each Vermont winery has created a unique paring of one of their wines and a local chocolate confection or other Vermont desserts. The range of wines featured during the Wine and Chocolate weekend reflects the variety of wine and wine products from Vermont. These include raspberry wine, cassis, mead, ice cider and red grape varietals like Marquette and Frontenac. Some of the sweets served during the weekend come from family recipes, or will be made specifically for the wine pairing. The participating wineries will be open from noon to 5 p.m. during the Wine and Chocolate weekend. Wine and chocolate tastings are free. Visitors can also purchase a bottle of the featured wine with the accompanying chocolates for Valentine’s Day gifts.
February 14, 2014 VALENTINE’S DAY
Most of the more than 1/2 million restaurants in the U.S. have special events scheduled for today. They are too numerous to list.
March 3-7, 2014 National School Breakfast Week 2014 - Nationwide
National School Breakfast Week (NSBW) was launched in 1989 to raise awareness of the availability of the School Breakfast Program (SBP) to all children.
March 22-23, 2014 Vermont Maple Open House Weekend
Various Locations, Vermont
From small, traditional sugarhouses deep in the woods to large sugarhouses using equipment with the latest technology, you can watch the pride and care that goes into producing Vermont's first agricultural product of the year.
March 25, 2014 'AgDay' National Agriculture Day - Nationwide
National Ag Day is a day to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture.
April 22, 2014 Earth Day - Worldwide
The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. Growing out of the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network (EDN) works with over 22,000 partners in 192 countries to broaden, diversify.
April 24-25, 2014 St. Johnsbury World Maple Festival 2014
St. Johnsbury, Vermont
The St. Johnsbury World Maple Festival celebrates the history and heritage of the Maple Syrup Industry, and St. Johnsbury's status as the Maple Center of the World.
April 25-27, 2014 48th Annual Vermont Maple Festival
St. Albans, Vermont
A large, statewide event with three days full of fun, activities and learning, all centered around the theme of Maple-Vermont's signature product. Maple Cooking Contests.
May 3, 2014 Greg Noonan Memorial Homebrew Competition
South Burlington, Vermont
(Formerly the Green Mountain Homebrew Competition). This is the third of six competitions which culminate in naming the New England Homebrewer of the Year. We are a BJCP sanctioned competition.
May 11, 2014 MOTHER’S DAY
Most restaurants in the U.S. have special events scheduled for today. They are too numerous to list. (2nd Sunday in May)
May 23-26, 2014 1st Annual Vermont Fiddlehead Festival
Mount Snow Valley, Vermont
The emerald green stems of newborn ostrich ferns (Matteuccia struthiopteris) mark the onset of spring in Vermont. The foragers of wild edibles known as Fiddleheads, can be found across the globe. However, this seasonal delicacy, is considered by some to be the state vegetable of Vermont. The event will feature a merchant’s row, live entertainment, commercial children’s “Bouncy Houses,” a Fiddlehead cooking contest with $500 in cash prizes, a Fiddling contest with $500 cash prizes, Vermont artists on display, Fiddlehead cooking class, food and more. On Sunday there will be a Block Party held in Wilmington Village, 5 pm to 8 pm. The block party will feature The Vermont Fiddlehead Festival Salsa Cooking Contest with $500 cash prizes, live entertainment and a merchant’s row featuring Vermont crafts, foods and products. Admission is $5.00 per person, $10.00 per family.
May 24-25, 2014 Vermont Chocolate Festival - West Halifax, Vermont
Honora Winery’s Vineyard. Jen King and Liz Gutman from Liddabit Sweets of NYC will be there both days selling their candies from their shop and doing live demonstrations of how to make some delectable treats. There will be a Kid’s Zone with new art & craft projects and Zydeco music for all to enjoy and dance to while delving into delicious chocolateness. The Whirlygigs will perform for the kids and kids-at-heart on Sunday afternoon. There will be a giant picnic basket filled with chocolates, food and goodies being raffled off to one lucky winner. Tickets are $5 and you do not need to be present to win. This benefits the local Deerfield Valley Food Pantry. Honora Winery will be sampling their award winning wines with a $5 flight tasting. This rain or shine event is free admission and family.
May 31, 2014 CVUUS Rhubarb Festival - Middlebury, Vermont
Rhubarb is a local vegetable, healthy, organic and sustainable! The festival features rhubarb sweets and savories to taste and buy, lunch, crafts, children's activities and music.
June 5-8, 2014 58th Annual Vermont Dairy Festival
Enosburg Falls, Vermont
Four cowlossal days of udderly good fun and that's no bull! Activities include scholarship pageant, youth and 10k runs, farm tours, antique tractor displays, parade, dairy baking contest, and fireworks.
June 6, 2014 Bread Pudding Bake-Off - Brattleboro, Vermont
Part of the 2014 Strolling of the Heifers Weekend. When you make your Top 10 list of comfort foods, admit it: good old-fashioned bread pudding is on that list, if not at the top! So, here’s the perfect excuse to…
June 6-8, 2014 Strolling of the Heifers - Slow Living Summit
Featuring the world-famous heifer calves led by future farmers and followed by tractors, clowns, floats, bands and much more! When it's over, follow the parade to the Slow Living Expo 11 acres of fun, food, entertainment and exhibits. At the Expo, you can meet the heifers and other animals up close and personal! The Expo features local food producers, regional craftspeople, cheese producers from all over New England, a forestry exhibit, three separate entertainment tents, cooking demonstrations, continuous shows by the New England Center for Circus Arts, and much more.
June 13-15, 2014 Annual Stowe Wine and Food Classic - Stowe, Vermont
Fine wines, superb cuisine, and rare wines at auction, all are at the world famous Trapp Family Lodge. Northern New England's premier wine event. Top Chefs present demonstrations of their culinary skills. Sample more than 100 premium wines, enjoy food selections from renowned local chefs. Wine seminars.
June 21, 2014 Burlington Wine & Food Festival - Burlington, Vermont
Local meets global. The festival for wine lovers, foodies and the hungry for adventure. 5th annual event showcasing hundreds of fine wines from Italy, Spain, Germany, Australia, France, Argentina, California, Vermont, Oregon, Washington and beyond. Taste world class wines paired with creations of Vermont's top chefs, artisanal cheeses, and live jazz on the shore of Lake Champlain. Join award winning winemakers from across the globe visiting Vermont to share their craft at fun and informative seminars. Admission includes wine tastings and menu samples from Vermont restaurants leading the farm to table movement. Restaurants include Hen of the Wood, A Single Pebble, Guild Tavern, EB Stong's, Bluebird Barbeque, Misery Loves Company, and Bleu. A favorite event of visitors and locals alike, tickets are $50 in advance tickets, $60 at door if available.
JULY 4, 2014 - There are so many events on this day that they are too numerous to list. Virtually every community in the U.S. has a 4th of July celebration.
July 18-19, 2014 Vermont Brewers Festival - Burlington, Vermont
Celebrating artisan craft beers and the brewers who brew them. Visit the Meet the Brewer tent for beer & chocolate pairing, beer & cheese pairing, sensory training and more.
July 18-20, 2014 Killington Wine Festival - Killington, Vermont
Over the last ten years, the Killington Wine Festival has become a signature summer event for the Killington region. Guests enjoy a nice July weekend tasting fine wines with Killington Peak and the Green Mountains of Vermont as a scenic backdrop. The Killington Wine Festival continues to grow each year and now features over 500 wines from around the world represented by over 40 wineries and distributors.
July 20, 2014 Vermont Cheesemakers Festival - Shelburne, Vermont
Vermont is the premium artisanal cheese state with the highest number of cheesemakers per capita: over 40 of them! We invite you to experience our passion for making fine cheeses, taste local and fresh foods and wines, and meet the artisans who make them. Spend a high summer day along the shores of Lake Champlain at the historic Shelburne Farms Coach Barn sampling, buying, learning, and networking. Come and celebrate the season. Cheese Workshop, Meet the Cheesemakers Panels, Cooking Demos, etc.
July 25-August 3, 2014 7th Annual Deerfield Valley Blueberry Festival
Deerfield Valley, Vermont
Jam making, blueberry themed specials in the local eateries, blue music events, blue auto show, blueberry bake sales, blue beer, special “Blues fees” at Mount Snow’s Golf Course, pick your own blueberries, children's activities, etc.Vermont's Official Blueberry Festival.
August 2, 2014 Midd Summer Festival - Middlebury, Vermont
Join us for this year’s Midd Summer Festival, an annual event to celebrate some of some of Vermont’s finest beer, wine, cider, cheese and other products, held this year at the Middlebury Marble Works. The event attracts residents and visitors to Vermont into downtown Middlebury to sample and purchase Vermont made products, enjoy live music, socialize, and have a great time! In addition, all of the proceeds of the event benefit four great Vermont non-profit organizations: Addison County Firefighters, Addison County River Watch Collective, The Better Middlebury Partnership and HOPE.
August 3, 2014 18th Vermont Fresh Network Annual Forum
Come celebrate the successful farmer-chef partnerships that thrive in Vermont and help enrich our local communities!
August 4, 2014 The Chocolate (and Cheese) Fest - Landgrove, Vermont
In its 5th year, the Chocolate and Cheese Fest takes place on the rolling grounds of this picturesque country inn. Your entrance ticket allows you to taste some of the best chocolate and cheese delicacies made by almost 40 chefs and cheese makers from Southern Vermont. Nominated as “One of Vermont’s Ten Best” summer events. Also music, a cash bar and a silent auction. It is truly a family event. The Fest is the signature fund raiser for a local social service and health education organization. All funds raised go to support the agency and your money directly helps people in the area.
August 9, 2014 6th Annual Summer Fest - Woodstock, Vermont
Formerly 'Taste of Woodstock' Elm Street is Closed and we have live music from 10am-9pm. Local restaurants and vendors line the street-Kids activities from 10-5. Street Art and much- much more!
August 16-17, 2014 Vermont Vineyard & Winery Open House Weekend
The Open House Weekend is a fun way for people to expand their palates and taste the Marquettes, La Crescents, Ice Ciders and other wine varietals of Vermont; tour vineyards not usually open to the public; and learn about wine making in cold climates directly from the winemakers.
August 29-September 7, 2014 Vermont State Fair - Rutland, Vermont
Exhibits: 4H; Cattle; Steer & Ox Show; Open Goat Show; Open Sheep Show; Grange; Farm Museum; Tractor Exhibit; Pulling Contests; Harness Racing; Forestry; Culinary; Floraculture; Vegetable; Arts & Crafts; Midway; Live Music, Entertainment. Attendance: 92,000.
August 30-31, 2014 19th Annual Garlic & Herb Festival
Sample garlic delicacies and enjoy the festivities. Relax at the Beer and Wine Garden under the tent listening to live music both days. Over 100 vendors, demonstrations, and children's activities.
September 4-6, 2014 Bakers' Harvest Festival & Conference
The Baking Education Center at King Arthur Flour
September 11-14, 2014 Tunbridge World's Fair - Tunbridge, Vermont
Union Agricultural Society. The Tunbridge World’s Fair is an agricultural non-profit, and all proceeds go back to the infrastructure, programs and projects on the grounds. The Tunbridge World’s Fair has run continuously since 1867 except in 1918, due to the great flu epidemic, and during World War II.
September 14, 2014 13th Annual Small Farms Food Fest
Our traditional celebration is jam-packed with taste-testing foods from local farms and food producers, a wonderful lineup of Vermont musicians, delightful tractor hayrides, a cool Tractor Petting Zoo, the a-mazing haybale maze, great facepainting, ropemaking, neat apple prints, and lots of info available about interesting area organizations.
September 19-21, 2014 7th Annual Vermont Wine and Harvest Festival
The Annual Vermont Wine & Harvest Festival is a weekend showcase for Vermont wines, Vermont specialty foods and artisans of all types celebrating the rich uniqueness, quality and ingenuity of Vermont producers. With stunning Vermont fall foliage as the backdrop; discover and enjoy Vermont vintners, small specialty food producers, painters, publishers, cheese makers, potters, jewelers, chefs, photographers and farmers and musicians.
September 28, 2014 13th Annual Cider House Run & Pie Fest
Start the day with a run through the orchard. Then you can enter, enjoy, or eat the homemade apple pies in the Pie Fest!
September 28, 2014 6th Vermont Pumpkin Chuckin' Festival
To throw is great, to hurl divine. It's fun, educational, and to raise money for the Lamoille Family Center in Morrisville, VT. Now with 15 round automatic firing capability.
October 4-5, 2014 26th Annual Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival
Sheep – Goats – Alpacas – Llamas - Rabbits. The Animal Barn also includes vendors offering all your favorite fibers and yarn along with equipment and supplies. Over 70 vendors offering fleece and yarn, handspinning and fibercrafting equipment and supplies, handcrafted wool items, small ruminant equipment and supplies, fencing materials, meat and cheese. Shepherd Workshops: Our workshops are designed to educate owners – and future owners – of small ruminants.
October 4-5, 2014 Pumpkin & Apple Celebration - Woodstock, Vermont
Billings Farm & Museum. Take the apple taste test and vote for your favorite! Lend a hand pressing cider, making pumpkin or apple ice cream, drying apples, and sampling pumpkin bread. Join in the “pumpkin and apple fun” with apple races, pumpkin bowling, apples-on-a-string, and pumpkin Legos®. See apple butter being made in the farmhouse kitchen and take home a recipe for “Pumpion Pye.”
October 11-12, 2014 30th Annual Harvest Weekend
The Billings Farm & Museum. Harvest Weekend features a husking bee and barn dance, plus a variety of 19th century harvest activities and programs for the entire family. Each day a traditional husking bee will begin at 12:30 p.m., followed by a barn dance from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Lend a hand pressing cider, preserving apples, threshing grain, and making butter and ice cream. Harvesting the heirloom vegetable garden will be nearing completion and children can help dig potatoes and other root crops and learn how crops are “put up” for the winter. Other activities include: shelling beans, fence building, apples-on-a-string, and 19th century games. Hot-spiced cider and homemade doughnuts will be on hand for all! Admission includes all programs and activities.
October 11-12, 2014 Mt. Holly 2014 Cider Days - Belmont, Vermont
See apple cider pressing demonstrations on the Belmont Village Green, shop at booths filled with crafts, produce and baked goods, or visit the nearby Mt. Holly Historical Museum. (also: www.mounthollyvt.org/ )
October 12-18, 2014 National Bulk Foods Week - Nationwide
The Bulk is Green Council
October 13-17, 2014 National School Lunch Week - Nationwide
School Nutrition Association.
November 27, 2014 THANKSGIVING DAY
There are so many events on Thanksgiving Day they are to numerous to list.
November 28-30, 2014 Thanksgiving Weekend at Billings Farm
This event features traditional cooking demonstrations in the farmhouse, horse-drawn wagon rides, farm tours, and hands-on Thanksgiving activities and programs for every age. You’ll be welcomed to Frederick Billings’ farmhouse, where farm manager George Aitken and his wife and four daughters lived and worked in 1890. Talk with costumed interpreters as they prepare a bountiful Thanksgiving meal featuring roast goose, oyster soup, turkey hash, mincemeat pie and, of course, turkey. Relax in the Victorian parlor as you learn how our American Thanksgiving tradition evolved. Enjoy a freshly baked treat before boarding the farm wagon pulled by Percheron horses for a ride around the farm.
December 10, 2014 Terra Madre Day - Worldwide
A worldwide celebration of local food held every year on December 10. Through hundreds of diverse and unique events across the globe, together we show that a global food revolution grows from local roots.
December 12-14, 2014 Woodstock's Winter Wassail Weekend
Voted one of Vermont's Top Ten Winter events, the term has its roots in medieval England referring to the Norse, "ves heill" meaning "to drink to the health". Ale brewed with spiced apples and sugar was the warm drink given to the singers who went door to door during the Solstice. Christmas became interwoven with celebrations during the darkest time of the year. Celebrated for over 25 years, the highlight of the weekend is a unique Wassail Parade with over 50 horses and riders dressed in holiday costumes and period dress from the 19th century. Concerts, holiday house tour, craft fair and more.