January 27, 2016
4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
"2015 Consumer Night" at the Vermont Farm Show Champlain Valley Exhibition, Essex Jct.,Vermont
Celebrate Vermont Agriculture at the 5th Annual Consumer Nightat the Vermont Farm Show
A time to try and buy some of Vermont’s best agricultural products—and watch your state senators and representatives compete in the Capital Cook-Off!
January 27, 2016
4:00 – 7:00 PM
Blue Ribbon Pavilion, Champlain Valley Expo
105 Pearl Street, Essex Junction
Buy Local Market
From 4:00–7:00 PM, learn about, try, and purchase a broad range of Vermont food and agricultural products at the Winter Buy Local Market. The market provides Vermont producers the chance to engage new customers through local food sales, sampling, and conversation. Customers will be able to learn about new products and purchase goods from around the state, including ice cream, cheese, wine, beer, meats, grains, fresh produce, maple syrup, honey, fiber, and value-added products. Other vendors specialize in handmade crafts such as textiles, candles, and jewelry. It’s the best Vermont has to offer—all under one roof!
New in 2016: Consumer Night Raffle
For every $10 purchase you make at the Winter Buy Local Market, you can enter into the Consumer Night Raffle to win a Prize Package from Ski Vermont, Tickets to the Vermont Cheesemakers Festival, or Admission for Two to the Vermont Brewers Festival (Courtesy of Kingdom Brewing). The more you buy, the more times you can enter!
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, an “Iron Chef” style cooking challenge. This year, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture team will defend its 2015 “Lake to Plate” championship title after wowing last year’s judges with their inventive perch and paratha flatbread tacos. The evening’s surprise local ingredient will be unveiled before the cooking begins, and teams will have the opportunity to shop the Buy Local Market for unique products to craft their perfect local dish.
New in 2016: Public Pick At 6:30 pm, sample the Capital Cook-Off teams' dishes and vote your favorite!
Consumer Night Schedule
Buy Local MarketCapital Cook-Off
4:00 pm – Market opens
5:15 pm – Secret ingredient revealed
6:45 pm – Raffle winners announced!
5:30 pm – Teams begin cooking
7:00 pm – Market closes
6:30 pm – Teams stop cooking and present dishes to judges
6:55 pm – Judges announce Capital Cook-Off winners!
Don’t miss this opportunity to sample and learn about great Vermont products in person—and perhaps even win one of the Consumer Night raffle prizes!
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—perhaps even pick up a recipe or two from the Capital Cook-off winners!
For more information about Consumer Night, contact Kristina Sweet at firstname.lastname@example.org or (802) 522-7811.
Everyone knows the parking and admission to the Vermont Farm Show is always FREE! But we'd like to give something back, and what better way than food! Please bring a non-perishable item to the Farm Show as a donation. Cash donations will also be accepted this year. Vermont Farm Show personnel will collect all donations for shipment to the Vermont Foodbank. Signs will be at drop off areas Thanks for paying it forward..
** Dogs are not allowed- Please be kind and leave pets at home.