Lake Champlain Tasting Trail
In June of 2018, Vermont’s agritourism officials announced the creation of a new tasting trail in the Champlain Valley, connecting restaurants, farms, farmers’ markets, breweries, cideries, and wineries along Lake Champlain.
The Lake Champlain Tasting Trail is part of a broader effort among officials from Vermont, New York, Quebec, and Ontario to create a trail focused on authentic farm and food experiences, which (when complete) will become the world’s longest international culinary trail. Visitors can plan their own personalized route along the Lake Champlain Tasting Trail by visiting DigInVT.com to see all participating farms, restaurants, and attractions. The Vermont section includes locations in Franklin, Grand Isle, Chittenden, and Addison counties.
The primary partners in Vermont are UVM Extension, Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Vermont Department of Tourism, and the Vermont Fresh Network.
“Years of strong collaboration have set the table for developing Vermont’s Lake Champlain Tasting Trail,” said Vermont Agency of Agriculture Deputy Secretary Alyson Eastman about the launch. "The DigInVT online platform provides a richly populated starting point for discovering more of Vermont's culinary and agricultural experiences—and the Lake Champlain Tasting Trail is the perfect example of that in action.”
Lake Champlain Tasting Trail: 2019 Conservation and Community Grant
In 2019, Vermont Fresh Network was awarded a Conservation & Community Grant from the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership (CVNHP) to tell the story of modern food production, sustainable agriculture, and agricultural heritage in the Lake Champlain basin through the development of educational and promotional resources for the Lake Champlain Tasting Trail. The complete release and announcement can be found here.
Promotional materials produced as part of the grant:
Lake Champlain Tasting Trail promotional postcard
Lake Champlain Tasting Trail promotional rack card
Articles published on DigInVT.com about the Lake Champlain Tasting Trail.
The Lake Champlain Tasting Trail in the news.
“Two states, two provinces, two nations,” was the repeated phrase in a work session Wednesday at Paul Smith’s College among representatives from public and private entities from each of the geographical areas: New York and Vermont, Ontario and Quebec, and the United States and Canada…”
“La proximité du Vermont de Montréal facilite les séjours de fins de semaine, tant pour des vacances estivales ou de ski sur les célèbres pentes de Stowe. Nous avons eu le bonheur de parcourir le Vermont et de visiter quelques hôtels et restaurants dont plusieurs font partie du Lake Champlain Tasting Trail associé à l’International Trail, un événement gastronomique mondial. Plus de 50 restaurants, ainsi que des producteurs, des fermiers, des vignerons, des brasseries et des cidreries collaborent à cette belle aventure.”
“The proximity of Vermont to Montreal makes weekend stays easier, both for summer and ski vacations on the famous slopes of Stowe. We had the pleasure of traveling around Vermont and visiting a few hotels and restaurants, many of which are part of the Lake Champlain Tasting Trail associated with the International Trail, a global gastronomic event. More than 50 restaurants, as well as producers, farmers, winemakers, breweries and cider houses are collaborating on this great adventure. ”