U.S. Food Festival & Food Show Section
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January 27-29, 2015 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 28, 2015 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 7, 2015 Taste of Vermont - Stratton Mountain, Vermont
The 4th Annual “Taste of Vermont presents Restaurant Night” is a mountain favorite event where the best of southern VT restaurants, professional and amateur chefs, caterers, bakers, deli’s, and more come together in culinary camaraderie to offer their favorite recipes for the tasting! It’s a fun & satisfying event for the whole family!
February 14, 2015 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.
February 14-15, 2015 4th Annual Vermont 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.
March 2-6, 2015 National School Breakfast Week - 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 18, 2015 'AgDay' National Agriculture Day - Nationwide
National Ag Day is a day to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture.
March 28-29, 2015 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.
April 22, 2015 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 24-26, 2015 49th 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.
April 25, 2015 St. Johnsbury World Maple Festival
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.
May 2, 2015 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 10, 2015 MOTHER’S DAY
Most restaurants in the U.S. have special events scheduled for today. They are too numerous to list.
May 23-24, 2015 Vermont Chocolate Festival - West Halifax, Vermont
Festival opens at 12:00 p.m. and goes until 5:00 p.m. both days! Experience the pleasures of chocolate at the Vermont Chocolate Festival. Enjoy the amazing views of Southern Vermont from the Vineyards of Honora Winery, sample the sweet sensations offered by the region’s signature chocolatiers who have perfected the art of creating and crafting fine chocolate. As you revel in the best of the good things of life, take a moment to appreciate the work of our fine artisans and enjoy a repast from one of our fine food purveyors, all while sipping wine created at our boutique winery right on the property. We will have live music all day for you to enjoy along with cooking demonstrations. Fancy yourself as a cupcake diva? Take part in out Cupcake Wars and you could win a fabulous prize and great bragging rights as the first winner of the Vermont Chocolate Festival. Make a weekend of it and explore the historic downtown of Wilmington with its sights and shops as a perfect complement to the Vermont Chocolate Festival.
May 23-24, 2015 2nd Annual Vermont Fiddlehead Festival
Mount Snow Valley, Vermont
This year our festival will be bigger and better. Taste the harbinger of spring, the Fiddlehead Fern. Live Music, Craft Fair and Childrens activities including a 40 foot inflatable obstacle course from 12:00-4:30 PM. Featuring a phenomenal line up of regional Bluegrass bands. This all day event also features craft fair and bouncy house for children from 12:00-4:30PM. Sunday May 24th from 5:00-8:00PM, head to downtown Wilmington for a full day of events. The annual Make a Wish Duck Race kicks off in the morning. Check out the amazing Artists on the Lawn at the Crafts Inn. Finish off your day at the Fiddlehead Block Party on South Main Street. Live music, vendors and our favorite new competition to compete and eat at, the Salsa Competition. Tickets are $10 single, $15 couple or $20 family.
May 30, 2015 CVUUS Rhubarb Festival - Middlebury, Vermont
Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society. Join us of an annual welcoming, fundraising event featuring a fabulous rhubarb luncheon, rhubarb sweets and savories, sales of plants, books, and bling, a patchwork quilt raffle (and other items), music, and children’s activities. The traditional Rhubarb Festival LUNCH will again be served.
June 3-5, 2015 Slow Living Summit - Brattleboro, Vermont
The Slow Living Summit is an annual conference which takes in Brattleboro, Vermont. This year's Summit is described as "a mindful exploration of the journey of food, from farming and food entrepreneurship to food systems to nourishment to food justice and policy". The Summit is subtitled "Food, Mindfully" and draws individuals nationally and internationally. The Slow Living Summit takes place just before Strolling of the Heifers Weekend, a celebration of agriculture that aims to connect people with healthy local foods and with the farmers and food producers who bring it to them. The colorful centerpiece of the weekend is the famous Strolling of the Heifers Parade, in which future farmers lead heifer calves up Brattleboro's historic Main Street.
June 4-7, 2015 59th 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 5-7, 2015 Strolling of the Heifers Weekend - Brattleboro, Vermont
A weekend of fun and education for the whole family, built around the world-famous, agriculturally-themed Strolling of the Heifers Parade, which takes place Saturday, at 10 a.m. sharp on Brattleboro’s historic Main Street. The parade kicks off with scores of lovable heifer calves, groomed and decorated, led by future farmers. The heifers are followed by farm animals, bands, tractors, floats, clowns and surprises. When it’s over, follow the crowd to the all-day, 11-acre Slow Living Expo for food, music, dance, demonstrations, exhibits and fun, all related to our mission of sustaining family farms by connecting people with healthy local food. And that’s not all: Stroll Weekend starts Friday night, June 5 with our Street Festival featuring a culinary competition, Farm Art exhibits, food, music, dancing in the street. On Sunday, enjoy our Famous Farmers Breakfast, the cycling Tour de Heifer and the Farm Tour.Always rated one of Vermont’s Top 10 Summer Events! Check Strolling of the Heifers website for full weekend schedule!
JULY 4, 2015 - FOURTH OF JULY - Nationwide
There are so many events on this day that they are too numerous to list.
October 12-16, 2015 National School Lunch Week - Nationwide
School Nutrition Association.
November 26, 2015 THANKSGIVING DAY
There are so many events on today they are to numerous to list.
December 10, 2015 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.
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 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 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
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 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.
October 12, 2013 5th Annual Discover Food & Wine
Smugglers' Notch Resort. This evening event showcases the best of Vermont's renowned specialty foods, from cheeses to chocolate to coffee and more! Wine tastings feature Vermont wines as well as other domestic and international wines. This is a wonderful evening during Vermont's beautiful foliage season.
June 10-15 & 17-22, 2012 2012 Vermont Bike & Brewery Challenge
Various locations, Vermont
Great bike riding and great beer on a trip that combines Vermont's outstanding cycling with visiting half the state's breweries, outstanding accommodations, and farm-to-table meals.
June 21-24, 2012 Gluten-Free Gourmet Weekend - Plymouth, Vermont
A worry-free, decadent, Vermont getaway with on-site chefs, health & wellness experts, and culinary adventures.
September 8, 2012 Annual Taste of the Deerfield Valley
Mount Snow Resort, West Dover, Vermont
May 22, 2011 Culinary Experience Gala - Manchester Center, Vermont
Cocktail Hour featuring complimentary champagne, hors d’oeuvres, and samplings from artisan cheese and specialty food and drink purveyors, with a backdrop of smooth jazz. Grand tasting with over 20 chefs from the finest area restaurants, a grand prize raffle featuring over $1500 in prizes.
June 26-28, 2009 24th Annual Green Mountain Chew Chew Festival
2009 was the 24th and LAST Green Mountain Chew Chew Festival.
The object of the festival is to expose you to as many different taste treats as possible during your ride on the Chew Chew Train. Each Restaurant & Vermont Food Producer serves 3 food item with no duplications. These taste treats represent their specialties and are sure to be found on menus at their home locations. Music, Children's Games, Family Fun.
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