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

Who Makes the Best Maple Creemee?

August 12, 2008 by  
Filed under Blog, Regional specialties

Morse Farm

That is indeed an essential question: who makes the best maple creemee in Vermont?
Essential because you cannot come and visit Vermont without trying a maple creemee. It has to be part of the experience!
The creemee is a soft serve ice cream (also seen spelt creamee or creamie) and people agree that a great maple creemee uses real maple syrup rather than flavoring. Many people say “Morse Farm” on County Road, just outside Montpelier has the best maple creemee, and indeed it’s good… It is one of these little pleasures of life, right after supper to go there for a creemee, sit down in one of their Adirondack chairs, watch the valley and the mountains far into the distance… and if you’re interested, visit their shop and their sugarhouse…
I don’t think that all sugarhouses necessary have great maple creemees though. I have had some with little taste (cheap on the syrup I guess) and on the other hand, I have seen little ordinary soft serve ice cream stands have top-class maple creemees (like Simply Subs on Main Street in Barre… I am hoping they continue to use as much maple syrup as they now do… their creemee is really good…).
One thing for sure is that it seems impossible to declare a winner… you’d need to try them all at the same time and I have not heard yet of such a competition… may be I should make the suggestion to the Harpoon Brewery group… to add a maple creemee competition to their BBQ competition next year
In the meantime, here are some tips from maple creemee lovers on the best place to get one!

  • Maynard’s on rte 100 between Waitsfield and Moretown
  • Bragg Farm, Route 14 North, East Montpelier
  • Strafford Organic Dairy farm
  • Dakin Farm in Ferrisburgh on Route 7

Where is YOUR best place?