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We're a network of Vermont Chefs, Farmers, Food Artisans, and Diners.

Annual Forum Dinner

During one special evening, the Vermont Fresh Network brings together some of Vermont's best chefs, farmers, food producers, and specialty food makers to create a sensational meal at the Shelburne Farms Coach Barn, on the shores of Lake Champlain. It is a celebration of the best food of summer, and VFN's largest fundraiser. On Sunday, August 6, 2023, we came back for our 25th year, and you can save the date for our 2024 Annual Forum Dinner on Sunday, July 21!


Restaurants, chefs, and producers - if you're new to this event, or just want to learn a little more about how it works and why you should join in the fun, check out our post "Five Reasons to Participate in the Annual Forum Dinner" on the VFN blog.

Not only is this event a way to feature and celebrate our members and the best of local food and drink, but this grazing farm-to-table dinner is a fundraiser for the Network — all proceeds from this event provides Vermont Fresh Network with resources that allow our work to have a greater impact on the health of the rural economy, and the sustainability of Vermont's restaurants.

See below for information about 2023's event:

Thank you to everyone who helped make our 25th Annual Forum Dinner a huge success! The Forum allows us showcase the incredible talents of the Network - dedicated food producers sharing and celebrating Vermont grown ingredients.

Thank you to each and every one of our participating chefs, artisans, farmers, beverage makers, sponsors, VFN staff members, board members, the Shelburne Farms staff, silent auction donors, prize donors, photographers, volunteers, and guests who made this year's dinner such a memorable and magical evening. 

Check out the 2023 Menu

Congratulations to the 2023 Best Bite and Best Sip winners!

Best Bite: Wake Robin

Shishito pepper stuffed with smoked tamari mushrooms and garnished with pickled radishes and habanero lemongrass honey 

Honorable Mentions: Cha Cha Garna, Luiza’s Homemade with Love

Best Sip: Mad River Distillers

Blueberry Mojito

Honorable Mentions: Barr Hill Gin, Tipsy Trout

Thank You to our 2024 Sponsors:

Affiliate Sponsors: Farrell DistributingVermont First/Sodexo, Community National Bank, Foley Services, Farm Credit East


Our host for 25 years: Shelburne Farms 

Plate: The Essex Resort & Spa/The Essex Experience, ImageTek Labels


SproutMarcum LLP, Vermont Farm to Plate, Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets


SeedCity Market/Onion River Co-op, Local Maverick, New England Food & Farm Photography, Pomerleau Real Estate, University of Vermont Medical Center, University of Vermont Extension, Wake Robin

Please see our Instagram or Facebook for photos. View this video from 2023 to get a sense of the evening!

Thank you to Flavor Plate for donating their time and effort to the design and co-development of our website.