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Vermont Fresh Network Presents The Great Vermont Picnic

Vermont Fresh Network Presents The Great Vermont Picnic

Celebrate the farmer-chef connection across the state this August

RICHMOND, VT (July 30, 2020) - Vermont Fresh Network (VFN) is excited to announce The Great Vermont Picnic, a month-long celebration of the farmer-chef connection. Kicking off on August 1st, local food lovers are encouraged to support Vermont’s restaurants and food producers, while enjoying the outdoors this summer.

The Great Vermont Picnic celebrates the summer bounty of our state and aims to increase business to local restaurants and other food & beverage producers during this serious crisis when sales are much lower than they would normally be,” said VFN Executive Director, Tara Pereira. “We want folks to support our local food sector and explore the beauty of our state,” she adds.

Plan your Picnic:

  • Order takeout from any local restaurant. Support our state’s restaurants and let someone else do the cooking. Be sure to pair your meal with a local beverage, cheese, fruit, or other choice Vermont products to-go. 

  • Choose your picnic spot. Many Vermont farms are open to the public, consider a state park, lake, or your own backyard.

  • Share your experience. Snap a photo and tag #vermontpicnic and the farms and restaurants you supported with your purchases. Share photos on Instagram to be entered in a ticket giveaway to Vermont Fresh Network’s 25th Annual Forum Dinner in 2021.

While you can support any Vermont restaurant, farmers market, farmstand, co-op, and more to put together your picnic. Visit for Vermont Fresh Network members or search via Seven Days' Good To-Go directory of hundreds of restaurants across the state. How Vermont can you make your picnic?

Like many nonprofits, Vermont Fresh Network had to cancel their Annual Forum Dinner fundraiser.  To help raise funds for their work with restaurants and farms, VFN has launched a GoFundMe campaign alongside The Great Vermont Picnic. Local food supporters are encouraged to purchase a small "donation ticket" to help cover the membership dues of a VFN restaurant. 

The Great Vermont Picnic is sponsored by Front Porch Forum and Seven Days Vermont.

For more information on The Great Vermont Picnic, visit Follow Vermont Fresh Network on Instagram @VTFreshNet. Follow Vermont Fresh Network on Facebook: @VermontFreshNetwork.


About the Vermont Fresh Network

The Vermont Fresh Network (VFN) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, building a strong local food system through the connections between farmers, chefs, and consumers who value their contribution to healthy communities, environment, and local economies. Since 1996, we have worked to ensure that the farmer-chef connection is a strong part of agricultural development and that consumers can support this work by where they choose to dine. For more information on Vermont Fresh Network, visit



Media Contact:

Tara Pereira

Vermont Fresh Network