Celebrate Food in Vermont in June

June 12, 2009 by  
Filed under Blog, Gastronomy, Gastronomy events

wine_tasting_575There are a lot of food events to enjoy in Vermont in June. If you are looking for things to do during your stay here, think food festivals!

June 13, 2009 – Cabot Creamery Visitors’ Center – Cabot
This Saturday, Cabot celebrates its 90th anniversary by opening its plant. They’ll serve food, have some music, entertainment, in order to raise money for the Cabot School’s Performing Arts Center.
Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location: Visitor Center, Cabot Creamery Visitors’ Center, Cabot, VT
For more information: (802) 371-1265

June 14, 2009 – GNAT-TV Culinary Experience 2009 – Hildene, Lincoln Family Home – Manchester
It seems like a nice fund-raising gala night at Lincoln Family Home.
It starts at 6pm, it will be Champagne hour with hors d”oeuvres, cheese, champagne and jazz. At 7pm, these 22 chefs from the area will have the “Grand Tasting”. There is also live music with the “Don’t Leave Band” and a Grand Prize Raffle of all the dinners for two donated by the chefs.
Location: Hildene, 1005 Hildene Road, Manchester
Tickets: $60; $25 for raffle tickets.
For more information:
GNAT-TV Culinary Experience
Chef’s Circle: The list of 22 participating chefs

Hildene, Lincoln Family Home

June 19-21, 2009 – 11th AnnualStowe Wine & Food Classic – Stowe
Several nice events over these three days to celebrate wine and food.
Friday night – 4 to 6pm: Wine tasting at the West Branch Gallery & Sculpture Park. Tickets are $75.
Saturday night – 6pm: Gala dinner, Live Auction & Dance at the Trapp Family Lodge. Gastronomic five-course meal, prepared by the Trapp Family Lodge’s renowned chef with wine pairings, presented by M.S. Walker. Followed by dancing with Penny Arcade.
Tickets: $150 per person. $185 per person for the Saturday/Sunday package.
Sunday – Noon to 4pm: Grand tasting & Silent Auction: Enjoy culinary demonstrations by regional chefs, including Eric Warnstedt, one of Food & Wine’s Top Ten Chefs of the Year, in 2008. Attend wine seminars. Taste up to 100 wines. Participate to a silent auction of fine and rare wines.
Tickets: $60. $185 per person for the Saturday/Sunday package.
Location: Trapp Family Lodge
More information at: List of events of the 11th Annual Stowe Wine & Food Classic
Related article: Waterbury Award-winning Restaurants

June 26- 28, 2009 – 24th Annual Green Mountain Chew Chew – Food & Music Festival – Burlington
It’s a family-oriented event, with food, entertainment, live music, which showcases a number of restaurants, caterers and food producers. At every booth, you can taste three unique food items. Lots of fun!
Location: Waterfront Park, Burlington
Time: Fri & Sat: 11am to 9pm; Sun: 11am to 6pm.
More info at: Green Mountain Chew Chew

Time to Enjoy Vermont Maple Syrup!

maple_sugarhouse_575Spring is in the air and it means it is time to enjoy Vermont maple syrup. There are a few activities taking place throughout the state for all to participate. We just need to hope for cool, freezing nights and warmer days for the next few weeks, for the best maple syrup!

Vermont Maple Open House Weekend – March 27-29 – The big event is the 8th annual Vermont Maple Open House Weekend, March 27-29, 2009. A number of sugarhouses throughout Vermont participate and activities are different at each sugarhouse. You’ll watch maple syrup being made (weather permitting), can taste maple syrup on the snow, see how it is sapped from the trees, and often sample and buy maple products.
More information: List of participating sugarhouses

St. Albans Vermont Maple Festival – March 24-26 – It’s the 43rd annual maple festival in St. Albans, and it is one of the “top 10 winter events” according to the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. This year, there is a special theme to the celebration, for the 400th anniversary of Lake Champlain. The website mentions “Samuel de Champlain was in St. Albans at the time of maple sugaring” which of course could be a stretch of historical facts, as Champlain discovered Lake Champlain in July! But who knows, may be he came back at a later date…
In any case, there are a lot of friendly activities at the festival: pancake breakfast, Fiddlers’ variety show, Vermont maple buffet dinner, “sap run” – an 8.5 mile run, sugarhouse tours, Vermont maple festival parade, antique show, and much more…
More information: Schedule of events

Lunenburg Maple Festival – Lunenberg – March 28 – This is a smaller local event at the Lunenburg Elementary School, but it does offer some of the traditional activities: pancake breakfast, Chicken’N Biscuits supper, tree tapping, and maple syrup making (weather permitting), pie contest, and more.
More information: Top of the Common; Schedule of events

Breakfast at Eaton’s Sugarhouse – Locals know that this is a great place to enjoy breakfast with maple products, all-year-long – right off exit 3, of highway 89, on the east side of the highway. You can even see the place from the highway! Feel free to leave a comment and tell us of other such places, but this is the one we know!

New England Maple Museum – Pittsford – Located on route 7, and open starting mid-March, the museum is promising a trip through over 200 years of maple sugaring, starting with its discovery by Native Americans. Did you know that we owe maple syrup to Native Americans, who had discovered that boiling the tree sap gave a deliciously-tasting syrup? Native Americans were heating rocks on the fire and dropping them in wooden bowls filled with maple sap. The rocks were hot enough to make the sap boil. It was and still is a slow process.
More information: New England Maple Museum

Related articles: Who makes the best maple creemee?

Things to do in Vermont – August 8-10

Lake Champlain Bluegrass FestivalPhoto courtesy of Adam Frehm

New this week!

7th Annual Lake Champlain Bluegrass Festival – August 8-10, in Alburgh – If you like bluegrass music, this is your week-end. Pray for good weather so you can enjoy all the outdoors concerts. And if you are not familiar with the event, take a minute and look here on the Vermont Life Magazine website, at this slideshow with music (scroll down the page and be patient, it takes a little while to load) … Looks and sounds like lots of fun.
More information at: www.lakechamplainmusic.com
51st Annual Antique & Classic Car Show – August 8-10, in Stowe – It’s the big and famous antique car event of the summer at Stowe with around 850 antique, classic and collector cars expected.
More information at: www.vtauto.org
– The schooner Lois McClure is coming back home to Burlington – Saturday August 5, Perkins Pier, Lake Champlain, Burlington, 5PM. You may have heard that the Lois McClure has been traveling to Quebec city (and other places on its way down the Saint-Laurent and the Richelieu river) early July to represent Vermont at the 400th anniversary of the founding of Quebec city by Samuel de Champlain. It’s back home and invites you to bring your picnic and enjoy dessert this Saturday early evening.
Bicycle Film Series at the Savoy Theater, Montpelier – For the cyclists discouraged by the rain! Saturday August 9: The Bicycle Thief (Ladri di biciclette) (1948) – director: Vittorio De Sica (view the trailer) and Sunday August 10: Jour de Fête (1949) – writer and director: Jacques Tati. On your way, you can even admire some modern sculptures inspired by cycling, in front of several Montpelier buildings or inns!
– And finally, if you really enjoy wine tasting and want to offer yourself a very special treat, there is a very special wine week-end cruise – one-and-half day with an overnight – on the beautiful Moonlight Lady, hosted by Dellie Rex, senior Wine Instructor at New England Culinary Institute. The cost is $399 per person.
More information at: www.vtwinecruise.com

And for continuing events:
Les Miserables musical is playing in Vermont… from July 31 to August 23 in Weston. We’ll try to go and check this production in the next few weeks and tell you what we thought. We are not expecting the kind of production you can see in New York or London, but we’ll see…
More information at: www.westonplayhouse.org
Vermont Summer Festival Horseshow – 5th week-end of competition at East Dorset; Photographers: remember you can participate to a digital photography contest (see previous posting);
Related post: Vermont Summer Festival Horseshow
– And more chamber music at Marlboro Music, Marlboro College – Friday August 8 and Saturday August 9 at 8:30PM and Sunday afternoon August 10 at 2:30PM. It is worth the drive there and you can find nice romantic inns to stay at, in the area. Time Magazine says it’s “the most exciting chamber music in the U.S.”, the NY Times says “extraordinary rising stars and musical legends play side-by-side”.
More information at: Marlboro Music
Also, don’t hesitate to leave us a comment on one of these events if you have a chance to attend!