Blue Ribbon Pavilion, Champlain Valley Exposition, 105 Pearl St
Essex Junction, VT
Celebrate Vermont Agriculture at the 6th Annual Consumer Night at 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!
Winter Buy Local Market
The 2017 Winter Buy Local Market will feature over 50 farmers and producers of local cheese, meat, fruits and vegetables, milk, maple syrup, jams, culinary oils, grains, honey, wine, beer, spirits, wool, and handmade crafts, including textiles, candles and jewelry, as well as ready-to-eat prepared foods such as bacon hot dogs and Vermont-made ice cream.
Vendors of Vermont agricultural products can apply for FREE booth space at the Winter Buy Local Market. Download the application at bit.ly/vtbuylocal.
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. The evening’s surprise local ingredient will be unveiled before the cooking begins, and teams will shop the Buy Local Market for unique products to craft their perfect local dish in just one hour. This year, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture will defend its 2016 championship title after wowing last year’s judges with a chevon, or goat meat, stew served on a bed of mashed Gilfeather turnip—Vermont’s state vegetable—alongside bacon and smoked maple biscuits.
Consumer Night Raffle
For every $10 purchase made at the Buy Local Market, you can enter into a raffle for a chance to win one of three prizes! Last year’s raffle winners received a prize package from Ski Vermont, tickets to the Vermont Brewers Festival, and tickets to the Vermont Cheesemakers Festival.
Free Admission & Parking
There is no fee for admission to Consumer Night or for parking during the Farm Show; however, non-perishable food donations to support the Vermont Foodbank are highly encouraged.
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