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Vermont Fresh Network dinner celebrates 23 years

Vermont Fresh Network dinner celebrates 23 years Waterbury Vermont

Vt Digger - - 9:49 am Tue Jul 9th, 2019

RICHMOND, Vermont - The Vermont Fresh Network (VFN) invites the public to a delicious tour through Vermont's finest food and beverages at their 23rd Annual Forum Dinner on Sunday, Aug. 4. 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, including James Beard semi-finalist Chef Cara Chigazola-Tobin of Honey Road in Burlington and first time participant Chef Vanessa Davis of J.J. Hapgood General Store and Eatery in Peru.

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.

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 $60 for VFN members and $75 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, including our gold level sponsors, Black River Produce, Burlington Free Press, Farrell Distributing, Foley Services, Hotel Vermont, Shelburne Farms, and Vermont First. A full sponsor list is found at

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Vermont Fresh Network

The Vermont Fresh Network (VFN) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, building a strong local food system through the connections between farmers, chefs, and consumers who value their contribution to healthy communities, environment, and local economies. Since 1996, we have worked to ensure that the farmer-chef connection is a strong part of agricultural development and that consumers can support this work by where they choose to dine. For more information on Vermont Fresh Network, visit Follow Vermont Fresh Network on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

The following are a list of participants for 2019

14th Star Brewing Co. - St. Albans

Aqua ViTea Kombucha and Spirits - Middlebury

Artesano Mead / KIS Kombucha - Groton

Baird Farm - North Chittenden

Bleu Northeast Seafood - Burlington

Brio Coffee - Burlington

Cabot Creamery Cooperative - Waitsfield

Ceres Natural Remedies - Burlington

Champlain Orchards Cidery - Shoreham

Citizen Cider - Burlington

Caledonia Spirits - Hardwick

Eden Specialty Cider - Newport

Edson Hill - Stowe

The Farmhouse Group - Burlington

Good Measure Brewing - Northfield

The Great Northern - Burlington

Honey Road - Burlington

Inn at Shelburne - Shelburne

Joe's Kitchen @Screamin' Ridge Farm - Montpelier

Juniper Bar and Restaurant - Burlington

J.J. Hapgood General Store and Eatery - Peru

Kimball Brook Farm/Green Mountain Organic Creamery - North Ferrisburgh

Lewis Creek Farm - Starksboro

Lincoln Peak Vineyard - New Haven

The Lodge at Spruce Peak - Stowe

Long Trail Brewing - Bridgewater Corners

Otter Creek Brewing - Middlebury

Mad River Distillers - Waitsfield

Maquam Winery - Swanton

Michael's on the Hill - Waterbury Center

New England Culinary Institute - Montpelier

Nitty Gritty Grains - Charlotte

O Bread - Shelburne

OM Fisher Homes - Montpelier

Prohibition Pig - Waterbury

SILO Distillery - Windsor

Sugar Bob's Finest Kind - Rutland

Sugarsnap Catering - Burlington

Stowe Cider - Stowe

TreTap - Fairfax

Strafford Organic Creamery - Strafford

Shelburne Farms Cheese - Shelburne

Shelburne Vineyard - Shelburne

Upstate Elevator Company - Burlington

UVM Dining - Burlington

Vermont Beekeepers Association

Vermont Fresh Pasta - Proctorsville

Vermont Salumi - Plainfield

Vermont Grass Farmers Association

Windfall Orchard - Cornwall

Relevant Address(es):
Maquam, VT 05488 (Set as Local)
Proctorsville, VT 05153 (Set as Local)
North Chittenden, VT 05763 (Set as Local)
Strafford, VT 05072 (Set as Local)
Peru, VT 05152 (Set as Local)
Cornwall, VT 05753 (Set as Local)
Bridgewater, VT 05034 (Set as Local)
Starksboro, VT 05487 (Set as Local)
Groton, VT 05046 (Set as Local)
Shoreham, VT 05770 (Set as Local)
Uvm, VT 05405 (Set as Local)
Fairfax, VT 05454 (Set as Local)
Lincoln, VT 05443 (Set as Local)
New Haven, VT 05472 (Set as Local)
Eden, VT 05652 (Set as Local)
Newport, VT 05855 (Set as Local)
Windsor, VT 05089 (Set as Local)
Cabot, VT 05647 (Set as Local)
Charlotte, VT 05445 (Set as Local)
Shelburne, VT 05482 (Set as Local)
Richmond, VT 05477 (Set as Local)
Northfield, VT 05663 (Set as Local)
Plainfield, VT 05650 (Set as Local)
Hardwick, VT 05843 (Set as Local)
Rutland, VT 05701 (Set as Local)
Middlebury, VT 05753 (Set as Local)
Swanton, VT 05488 (Set as Local)
Burlington, VT 05401 (Set as Local)
Montpelier, VT 05602 (Set as Local)
Waitsfield, VT 05673 (Set as Local)
Stowe, VT 05672 (Set as Local)
Waterbury, VT 05676 (Set as Local)

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