January 28, 2015
4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
"2015 Consumer Night" at the Vermont Farm Show Champlain Valley Exhibition, Essex Jct.,Vermont
Come celebrate the diversity of Vermont’s agricultural products January 28th, 2015 at the 4th 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—For the first time, prepared foods vendors will be able to participate-all the best products under one roof. Applications can be found on the 2016 Buy Local market page. Applications are due by Nov.30th, 2016.
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 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 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..
To those interested in vending, booth space is free and applications are due December 19th, 2015. 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 Ali Zipparo (802-505-1822; Alexandra.Zipparo@state.vt.us).
Consumer Night Schedule
Buy Local Market, Enter the Main entrance and head to the Blue Ribbon Pavilion.
Capital Cook-off, Blue Ribbon Pavilion
** Dogs are not allowed- Please be kind and leave pets at home.