Food festivals

The Deerfield Valley Blueberry Festival and Parade.

The Deerfield Valley Blueberry Festival and Parade.

Grafton Food Festival

July 8: The Fifth Annual Grafton Food Festival is a food-lover’s event celebrating local food and farms in Southern Vermont. We celebrate our local “taste of place” by featuring local food and beverage vendors with tastings, cooking demonstrations, and farmers’ market tables. This year, celebrity chef and cookbook author Sara Moulton joins the festivities as guest chef. Stay in the heart of the Grafton Food Festival scene and enjoy special perks. This weekend is a foodie delight, with food and drink tastings, farmers’ market, live music, and cooking demonstrations.

Vermont Cheesemakers Festival

Coach Barn of Shelburne Farms, Shelburne, 212 576-2700

July 16: Vermont is the premium artisanal cheese state, with the greatest number of cheesemakers per capita—more than 50! We invite you to experience our passion for making fine cheeses, taste local and fresh foods and wines, and meet the artisans who make them. Spend a high summer day along the shores of Lake Champlain at the historic Shelburne Farms Coach Barn for sampling, buying, learning, and networking. Hosted by the Vermont Butter & Cheese Company and the Vermont Cheese Council, the Festival takes place at Shelburne Farms from 10a-4p. The event, which is open to the public, attracted more than 1,100 visitors from across the country last year. This year’s attendees will sample more than 100 types of cheese from 50 cheesemakers, a variety of locally produced wines and beers, and several other artisanal foods, including maple syrup, honey, chocolates, and baked goods.

Deerfield Valley Blueberry Festival and Parade – Top-Ten Summer Event

Venues in the Mount Snow Valley

July 28-Aug 6: Berries, vintage cars, music, and food. If it’s blue, it’s probably happening in the Southern Vermont Deerfield Valley area towns of Wilmington, Whitingham, and Dover in late July and early August. Visitors to the Valley will find a big blue parade, a blue street fair, children’s activities, jam making, blueberry-themed specials at local eateries, blue music events, a blue car auto show, blueberry bake sales, blue beer, and pick your own blueberry opportunities. Don’t miss Boyd Farm’s “Fields of Blue” public art display. Inspired by Christo and Jean-Claude’s Central Park orange canvas display “The Gates,” Vermont farmers Janet and Buck Boyd’s display of blue tarps in their fields will have you chuckling.

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