Where can you taste basil-infused maple syrup, locally made hot sauce, award-winning cheeses, and lamb sausage, all in the same place? At the 16th annual Flavors of the Valley, the region’s premier local food expo hosted by the local nonprofit Vital Communities. This year’s event is set for Sunday, April 9, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hartford High School.
The family-friendly event offers a chance for consumers to taste a wide range of fresh, local foods, meet some of the Upper Valley’s farmers and food producers, and get inspired to incorporate local products into their regular shopping.
“Flavors of the Valley is a favorite annual event for many in the Upper Valley—not only is it a fun time to sample lots of delicious local creations, but the chance to interact with so many of the people who grow and make local food and farm products is unique. It’s like a big indoor farmers’ market, except you get to taste everything!” said Nancy LaRowe, Valley Food & Farm Coordinator at Vital Communities. “We know people discover products at Flavors that become household staples, and that’s what the event is all about—building a strong local food system and economy.”
In addition to sampling foods from more than 45 unique local farms, restaurants, and food businesses, visitors can purchase cheese, vegetables, meats, baked goods, sauces, and more directly from vendors, and even sign up for Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares for the season. Kids can enjoy fun local-food activities with Upper Valley Farm to School.
Everyone is welcome at Flavors of the Valley. Admission is $12 per person, with children 6 and under free, and a family maximum of $35. Proceeds help support the Valley Food & Farm program at Vital Communities. The event is presented with thanks to sponsors Co-op Food Stores, Mascoma Savings Bank, Skinny Pancake, King Arthur Flour, New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Yankee Farm Credit, and Great Eastern Radio.
Vital Communities, a nonprofit organization based in White River Junction, Vt., brings together citizens, organizations, and municipalities to take on issues where an independent voice and regional approach are essential. Working together, we make our region a better place to live, work, and play.