January 29, 2018
The Vermont Farm Show, founded in 1931, is an annual gathering that allows both agriculture professionals and the public to meet with vendors, preview products and machinery and network with the farm community at the Champlain Valley Fairgrounds in Essex Junction. This year’s Show begins tomorrow, January 30th at 9am, and runs through Thursday, February 1st at 4pm. On Wednesday night, January 31st, the 7th annual Consumer Night will take place, which celebrates the diversity of Vermont agriculture with the Winter Buy Local Market and Capital Cook-Off.
The Winter Buy Local Market, which takes place in the Blue Pavilion from 4-7pm Wednesday, will feature nearly fifty farmers and producers of local cheese, meat, milk, maple syrup, jams, culinary oils, honey, wine, beer, spirits, wool, and handmade crafts. Ready-to-eat prepared foods such as Vermont-made gluten free spätzle and ice cream cones from Kingdom Creamery will also be served. The addition of a “crepe happy hour” this year promises culinary delights. Hosted by Skinny Pancake from 4 to 5pm, they will share tastes of both sweet and savory crepes. Shoppers who post a photo of their Buy Local Market experience to social media with the hashtag #RootedInVermont or #VTFarmShow18 during the event will be entered into a drawing for one of three great local prizes.
Beginning at 5:15 PM, watch Vermont State Representatives, State Senators and Agency of Agriculture staff battle in a contest to showcase local foods in the Capital Cook-Off, hosted by the Secretary of Agriculture Anson Tebbetts. This “Iron-Chef” style competition gives teams a chance to shop the Buy Local Market and prepare an attractive, delicious, and #RootedInVermont dish featuring a secret local protein unveiled only moments before the competition begins. After a demanding hour of cooking, all three teams will submit their dishes to a panel of judges comprised of local chefs, restaurateurs and public officials; dishes will also be submitted for sampling by attendees to choose the “public pick” winner.
For images from the 2017 Vermont Farm Show visit: Editors: https://goo.gl/photos/WWSHTKuwLn1Ym132A
For more information about the 2018 Farm Show visit: http://www.vtfarmshow.com/
For more information about Consumer Night, visit: http://bit.ly/ConsumerNight2018
Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets