Celebrate Vermont Agriculture at the 7th Annual Consumer Night
2018 7th Annual Consumer Night
When: Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 4:00 –7:00pm
Where: Blue Ribbon Pavilion
Celebrate the diversity of Vermont agriculture on Wednesday, January 31st at the 7th Annual Consumer Night at the Vermont Farm Show! Open on the second night of the Farm Show, attendees are invited to the Winter Buy Local Market, located in the Blue Ribbon Pavilion, where they can learn about, sample, and purchase a broad range of some of Vermont’s best agricultural products. Attendees are also encouraged to attend the fierce, Iron Chef style, cooking competition between the State Representatives, Senators, and the reigning champions, Agency of Agriculture staff.
The Winter Buy Local Market begins at 4:00pm and provides Vermont producers the opportunity to engage with customers through local food sales, sampling, and conversation. It also offers customers a unique opportunity to learn about new products and purchase goods from around the state. At the market you’ll find over 50 farmers and producers of local cheese, meat, fruits and vegetables, milk, maple syrup, honey, jams, culinary oils, wine, beer, spirits, wool, jewelry, candles and other handmade crafts as well as ready-to-eat prepared foods such as bacon hot dogs and ice cream cones—the best products Vermont has to offer all under one roof.
Also at 4:00pm, and new to Consumer Night, #RootedInVermont, Skinny Pancake, and Salvation Farms have teamed up to offer a ‘crepe hour’ complete with a social media photo-booth. #RootedInVermont celebrates the many ways in which Vermonters acquire and enjoy local food—from growing or foraging, purchasing directly from a farmer or at the store, hunting or fishing, eating at schools, institutions or restaurants serving local food, finding food from a food shelf, or just by trading with friends and neighbors. Stop by, get a photo taken, and learn a little more about how you are #RootedInVermont. Expect fun props, Clover (the Agency of Ag mascot cow), and small tastes of the best Skinny Pancake has to offer! Plus, post your photo to social media for a chance to win one of three great local prizes with every #RootedInVermont or #VTFarmShow18 social media post!
At 5:15pm, watch your State legislators battle to be Capital Cook-Off champions! The Capital Cook-Off begins with the unveiling of the evening’s secret local ingredients. Each team has the opportunity to shop the Buy Local Market for any ingredients necessary to craft their perfect local dish. The cooking challenge continues until 6:30pm when contestants must present their dishes for review by a panel of judges including area restaurant owners, chefs, and public officials. Consumer Night attendees will have an opportunity to sample the teams’ dishes and submit their favorite vote for the “public pick.” This year, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture will defend their 2017 championship title after wowing last year’s judges with wild venison sliders braised in cranberry hard cider with oyster mushrooms, herbs and cheese curds. While the votes are being tallied, winners of the raffle prizes will be announced, followed by the judges announcing the 2018 Capital Cook-Off winners!
Admission is FREE to Consumer Night. Event highlights and winners will be announced live on WCAX during the evening news, but don’t miss the opportunity to sample and learn about Vermont’s products in person—and perhaps even pick up a new recipe from the Capital Cook-off winners!
** Dogs are not allowed- Please be kind and leave pets at home.