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Annual Forum

August 3, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

For one special evening in August, farmers and chefs from all across Vermont come together to prepare a sensational meal for you and other food enthusiasts.

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

SPECIAL EVENT: Ben Watson, author of Cider, Hard and Sweet: History, Traditions, and Making Your Own, to lead an exploration and tasting of hard cider immediately before the Annual Forum Dinner. This exclusive tasting will occur from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Coach Barn and is an additional ticketed event. Tickets are $25 and include a signed copy of Ben’s book. Space is limited.

4:00 till 5:00 - Hard Cider Tasting with Ben Watson (additional ticket required)

5:00 - Doors Open

5:00 till 6:00 - Vermont Artisanal Products Tasting

  • 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

  • 6:00 till 8:00 - Chef and Farmer Grazing Dinner - enjoy the bounty of local products grown and raised by Vermont’s farmers and grilled, braised, sautéed and baked into delectable offerings by over 24 of the state’s finest chefs - it is a dinner like no other. 

    7:30 till 8:00 - Ice Cream Social with Amy, Earl and the crew from Strafford Organic Creamery

    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

    Full list of Participants

    Chef Tables
    Bleu Northeast Seafood
    Cathedral Square Corporation
    Farmhouse Group featuring: 

    • Farmhouse Tap & Grill
    • Guild Fine Meats
    • El Cortijo Taqueria
    • Pascolo Ristorante
    • Guild Tavern

    Fletcher Allen Health Care and Nutrition Services
    Hen of the Wood
    Juniper Bar & Restaurant
    Leunig's Bistro
    Michael's on the Hill Restaurant
    Prohibition Pig
    Red Hen Bakery and Cafe
    The Downtown Grocery
    The Essex Resort and Spa
    The Inn at Shelburne Farms
    The Inn at the Round Barn
    The Mounted Cat
    The Perfect Wife
    The Pitcher Inn
    Timbers Restaurant at Sugarbush Resort
    Wake Robin

    Farmer, Food Artisan, Vintner and Distiller Tables 
    Artesano, LLC
    Brown and Jenkins Coffee
    Cabot Cheese
    Caledonia Spirits & Caledonia Winery
    Champlain Orchards
    Cobb Hill Cheese and Frozen Yogurt
    East Shore Vineyard
    Eden Ice Cider
    Full Sun Company
    Hooker Mountain Farm
    Killdeer Farm
    Kimball Brook Farm Organic Creamery
    Kingdom Creamery of Vermont
    Lake Champlain International
    Lewis Creek
    Norris Berry Farm
    O Bread
    Shacksbury, Inc.
    Shelburne Farm's Cheese
    Shelburne Vineyard
    Slow Food Vermont
    Strafford Organic Creamery
    Taylor Farm
    Vermont Beekeepers Association
    Vermont Chevon, LLC
    Vermont Creamery
    Vermont Smoke & Cure
    Vermont Spirits Distilling Co.
    Vermont Works for Women
    Vermont Bean Crafters
    Vermont Edible Landscapes
    Weston A. Price
    Whistle Pig
    Windfall Orchard
    Woodchuck Hard Cider


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