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VFN Member November Mixer in Burlington

November 7, 2023

On Nov. 6, 2023, more than 40 farmers, chefs, service providers, specialty food/beverage producers, and distributors gathered at Hotel Vermont in Burlington to make connections, deepen relationships, and learn about resources to help them expand their networks and businesses within their region and statewide.

Vermont Fresh Network provided custom “matchmaking” for every attendee, to help them connect with others at the event and facilitate new, productive partnerships. Lisa Chase from the University of Vermont Extension Agritourism Research Center and Katharine Ingram from the Vermont Department of Tourism also provided resources to farms who host members of the public for farm stays, tours, and other special events.

Although many attendees were based in the Burlington area, others came from as far as Stowe, Middlebury, and East Hardwick.

A huge thank you to all the food and farm businesses who attended our meetup, including:

  • ACORN Food Hub
  • Dubs Farms
  • Eat Vermont
  • Ellison Estate Vineyard
  • Farrell Distributing
  • FUNJ Shrooming
  • Hotel Vermont
  • Jules on the Green
  • Lodge at Spruce Peak
  • Red Hen Baking Co.
  • Shacksbury Cider
  • Shrubbly
  • Snug Valley Farm
  • Trenchers Farmhouse
  • University of Vermont
  • UVM Dining
  • UVM Extension
  • UVM Medical Center
  • Vermont Cider Lab
  • Vermont Cheese Project
  • Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing
  • Vermont Fresh Network
  • Windjammer Restaurant

This mixer marks the end of this regional networking event series. However, we look forward to finding new ways to bring our members together around the state!

This event was the fifth of five Chef/Farmer/Food Producer meetups planned as part of Vermont Fresh Network's effort to strengthen Vermont's culinary and agricultural tourism sector through partnership and collaboration. This meetup was hosted by Vermont Fresh Network, who worked with service providers from the Vermont Department of Tourism, The Vermont Agency of Agriculture Food and Markets, and the UVM Extension Agritourism Research Center to provide technical assistance and guidance connecting with statewide plans to develop Vermont's Agritourism sector.

Funding for this event is made possible by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service through grant AM190100XXXXG100 awarded to the Vermont Fresh Network.

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