January 29, 2014
4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
"Consumer Night" at the Vermont Farm Show Champlain Valley Exhibition, Essex Jct.,Vermont
Come celebrate the diversity of Vermont’s agricultural products January 29th, 2014 at the 3rd annual Consumer Night at the Vermont Farm Show. On the second night of the farm show, attendees will have the opportunity to attend the Buy Local Market where they can learn about, sample and purchase a broad range of products made within the state. Attendees will also have the opportunity to watch state Representatives, Senators and employees of the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets compete in the annual Capital Cook-off—an Iron-chef style cooking challenge. Farm Show patrons can enter the main entrance and head towards the Blue Ribbon Pavilion at the Champlain Valley Expo Center starting at 4:00 pm.
The Buy Local Market gives 56 Vermont producers the opportunity to engage with new customers through sampling and conversation. As well it provides customers a unique time to learn about new products and purchase goods from around the state. At the market, one can find ice creams, cheeses, wines, beers, meats, fruits, vegetables, maple syrups, honeys, and more. A number of vendors also specialize in handmade crafts, like textiles, candles and jewelry—all the best products under one roof.
At 5:15 pm the Capital Cook-off will begin with the unveiling of the evening’s local ingredients. The cooking challenge continues until 6:30 pm at which point the contestants must submit their dishes for review by a panel of judges—which for the first time could include you! The Agency is excited to announce a vendor scavenger hunt open to all Consumer Night attendees. Those who complete the scavenger hunt will be entered to win the final seat on the esteemed judging panel that includes area restaurant owners, chefs and public officials.
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!
Everyone knows the parking and admission to the 2014 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. 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..
Contact Faith Raymond (firstname.lastname@example.org) at the Agency of Agriculture for an application. For all other inquiries, please contact Abbey Willard (802-828-3829; email@example.com) or Johanna Herron (802-505-0490;Johanna.firstname.lastname@example.org).
Consumer Night Schedule
Wednesday, January 29th, 2014
Buy Local Market, Enter the Main entrance and head to the Blue Ribbon Pavilion.
Capital Cook-off, Blue Ribbon Pavilion
5:15 pm – Introduction by Sec. of Agriculture Chuck Ross
Scavenger Hunt winner selected
5:30 pm – Team 1 reveals local ingredients and begins cooking
5:35 pm – Team 2 reveals local ingredients and begins cooking
5:40 pm – Team 3 reveals local ingredients and begins cooking
6:30 pm – Team 1 must stop cooking, presentation of dish to judges
6:35 pm – Team 2 must stop cooking, presentation of dish to judges
6:40 pm – Team 3 must stop cooking, presentation of dish to judges
6:55 pm – Judges announce Capital Cook-off winners!
** Dogs are not allowed- Please be kind and leave pets at home.