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Annual Forum

Our 2013 Annual Forum Dinner was a lovely evening. Thank you to all the folks who helped to make it a fantastic event!

Stay tuned for details about the 2014 Dinner.

Event Details: For one special evening in August, farmers and chefs from all across Vermont come together to prepare a sensational meal.

The celebration will feature a bounty of local products grown and raised by Vermont’s farmers and grilled, braised, sautéed and baked into delectable offerings by over 20 of the state’s finest chefs- it is a dinner like no other. This delightful fundraiser is an experience not to be missed. 

From 5:00 until 6:00 - Meet Vermont’s exceptional farmers, food producers and chefs to explore the rich and diverse culinary and agricultural experiences the state has to offer.

  • Taste some of the most innovative and delicious new culinary treasures coming out of Vermont food artisans. 
  • Celebrate the dedication of Vermont’s new wave of wine makers and distillers as they share tastes of their varied creations.
  • Discuss the merits of curd with cheesemakers.
  • Sample heirloom varieties of fruits and vegetables from local farms.

At 6:00 the Gold Barn Culinary Honorees will be announced

From 6:20 until 7:30 - Savor a splendid walk-around dinner featuring over 20 of Vermont Fresh Network’s best chef and farm partnerships. End the evening on a sweet note- with an ice cream social courtesy of Strafford Organic Creamery.

The night is a celebration of 17 years of VFN farmers and chefs working together to serve you the freshest, most delicious local food!

TICKETS: Join Vermont Fresh Network as a Supporting Member today and receive a members-only, ticket discount for this special evening. VFN member tickets are $50; Non-member tickets are $75

Tickets are on sale through FlynnTix: online at, in person at the Box Office: 153 Main Street, Burlington, VT, or by phone: 802-86-FLYNN.

Useful Notes about the Event:

  • There will ba a Cash Bar, but alcohol samplings are free. Please bring a photo ID, you will be carded in order to sample alcohol.
  • There is no ATM on the property.
  • Weather permitting; parking will be on the field in front of the Coach Barn.
  • No dogs are allowed on Shelburne Farms property.

2013 Participants:

  • Antidote, Vergennes with Misty Knoll Farm, New Haven
  • Ariel's Restaurant, Brookfield with Green Mountain Girls, Northfield
  • Artesano, Groton
  • Boston Post Dairy, Enosburg Falls
  • Brown & Jenkins Coffee, Cambridge
  • Caledonia Spirits, Hardwick
  • Champlain Orchards, Shoreham
  • Common Man Restaurant, Warren with Kingsbury Market Garden, Warren
  • Crop Bistro and Brewery, Stowe with Pete’s Greens, Craftsbury and Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery, Websterville
  • Downtown Grocery, Ludlow with Coger Farms and Greenhouses, North Springfield
  • East Shore Vineyard, Grand Isle
  • Eden Ice Cider, West Charleston
  • El Cortijo Taqueria Y Cantina, Burlington with LedgEnd Farm, Middlebury
  • Fat Toad Farm, Brookfield
  • Fletcher Allen Health Care Nutrition Services, Burlington with MR Harvest, Grand Isle
  • Grafton Cheese, Grafton
  • Guild & Company, Burlington with Vermont Heritage Grazers, Bridport
  • Hartshorn's Santa Davida Farm, Waitsfield
  • Hen of the Wood, Waterbury with Half Pint Farm, Burlington
  • Hilton Burlington/Restaurant Sixty Battery, Burlington with VT Butter & Cheese Creamery, Websterville and Screamin' Ridge Farm, Montpelier
  • Hinesburgh Public House, Hinesburg with Grass Roots Farm, Hinesburg
  • Inn at Shelburne Farms, Shelburne with Shelburne Farms Market Garden, Shelburne
  • Inn at the Round Barn, Waitsfield with Hartshorn's Santa Davida Farm, Waitsfield
  • Juniper, Burlington with Rockville Market Farm, Starksboro
  • Lake Champlain Chocolates, Burlington
  • Leunig's Bistro, Burlington with La Platte River Angus, Shelburne and Lewis Creek Farm, Starksboro
  • Localvore Today and Tomgirl Juice Co., Burlington 
  • Michael's on the Hill, Waterbury with Pete's Greens, Craftsbury
  • Mocean Mate, Eden
  • New England Culinary Institute, Montpelier and Hazendale Farm, Greensboro
  • Nika, Burlington & Three Tomatoes, Williston with Red Hen Baking Co., Middlesex
  • O Bread, Shelburne
  • Pistou, Burlington and Half Pint Farm, Burlington
  • Pitcher Inn, Warren and Tangletown Farm, Middlesex
  • Red Clover Inn, Mendon and VT Butter & Cheese Creamery,Websterville
  • Red Hen Baking Co Café, Middlesex with Pete's Greens, Craftsburyand Champlain Orchards, Shoreham & Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery, Websterville
  • Rural Vermont with Flack Family Farm, Enosburg Falls
  • Shelburne Farms Cheese, Shelburne
  • Shelburne Vineyard, Shelburne
  • Slow Food Vermont with Half Pint Farm, Burlington
  • Strafford Organic Creamery, Strafford
  • Taylor Farm, Londonderry
  • The Daily Planet, Burlington with Half Pint Farm, Burlington
  • The Essex Resort and Spa, Essex with Maple Wind Farm, Huntington
  • The Farmhouse Tap & Grill, Burlington with Vermont Quality Rabbits, West Haven
  • The Vermont Switchel Company, Cabot
  • Trapp Family Lodge, Stowe
  • Vermont Bean Crafters, Waitsfield
  • Vermont Fresh Pasta, Proctorsville
  • Vermont Smoke & Cure, Hinesburg
  • Vermont Spirits, Quechee
  • VT Beekeepers Association, Burlington
  • VT Butter & Cheese Creamery, Websterville
  • Wake Robin, Shelburne and Bella Farm, Monkton
  • Whistle Pig, Shoreham
  • Windfall Orchards, Cornwall
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