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Vermont Fresh Network Dinner Celebrates 26 Years

June 20, 2024

A meal like no other returns to Shelburne Farms on Sunday, July 21!

The Vermont Fresh Network (VFN) invites the public to a delicious tour through Vermont’s finest food and beverages at their 26th Annual Forum Dinner on Sunday, July 21. Vermont’s chefs and farmers will gather on the shores of Lake Champlain to prepare a grazing dinner celebrating local food.

Hosted in the Coach Barn at Shelburne Farms, guests begin the evening with a 5 p.m. cocktail hour when the courtyard is filled with local food producers offering food and beverage tastings. The cocktail hour participants reflect Vermont’s continued leadership in food and drink, from award winning Vermont cheese and beer to products that use maple in unique ways from sparkling water to infused syrup with locally-foraged mint for cocktails.

At 6 p.m. the doors to the Coach Barn open for diners to enjoy a menu of small dishes prepared by Vermont Fresh Network chefs from across the state.

The following is a partial list of participants for 2024:

Bleu Northeast Kitchen
Copper AT Dorset
Highland Lodge
Honey Road/Grey Jay
Luiza's Homemade with Love
Windjammer Restaurant
Paprika Empanadas
Sodexo (UVM Dining)
Spruce Peak / Alpine Hall
Spruce Peak / Tipsy Trout
The Big Spruce
The Essex
The Inn at Shelburne Farms
Thingz From Yaad
Two Sons Bakehouse
Wake Robin

5th Quarter Butcher Shop
Sugar Bob's Finest Kind
Birch Hill English Muffins
Blake Hill Preserves

14th Star Brewing Company
Aqua ViTea
Barr Hill by Caledonia Spirits
Black Flannel Brewing & Distilling
Brio Coffeeworks
Eden Specialty Ciders
Ellison Estate vineyard
La Garagista
Lincoln Peak Vineyard

Mad River Distillers
Shacksbury Cider
Shelburne Vineyard, Iapetus Wine
Snow Farm Vineyard
Split Spirits LLC (App Gap)
Stowe Cider
Vermont Cider Lab
Vermont First/Sodexo (Ecobean Yerba Mate)

Café Mamajuana
Grafton Village Cheese Co
Green Mountain Blue Cheese
Small Oven Pastries
Green Mountain Peanut Butter
Haute and Heady
Intervale Center Food Hub
Jasper Hill Farm
Local Maverick
Mad River Taste Place
Mares Apiaries/BTV Honey
Monti Verdi Salumi
Palatial Farm LLC
Shelburne Farms Cheese
Vermont Specialty Food Association
von Trapp Farmstead


The sweet ending of the evening is provided by the folks at Strafford Organic Ice Cream with an old-fashioned ice cream social on the lawn overlooking the sunset on Lake Champlain.

Ticket sales are limited to provide an evening with space for diners to talk with chefs, food producers, and each other as they taste their way through the night.

Tickets are available through

Attendees will be able to participate in crowd favorite contests including “The Best Bite” and “The Best Sip.”  And what has become a popular feature of the evening, the silent auction, offers an opportunity to bid on a variety of food and farm themed experiences, from VIP Dinner Packages in local restaurants to romantic getaways to baking classes to brewery and distillery tours.

Tickets are $120 for VFN members and $150 for non-members. For tickets and more information, visit Diners are asked to pre-purchase their tickets; there are no ticket sales at the door. This dinner is a fundraiser for Vermont Fresh Network. All proceeds go to continuing programming that helps bring more Vermont grown and raised food to the table. 

Vermont Fresh Network thanks the generous sponsors who make this event possible.


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