Featuring the Return of Celebrity Chef Sara Moulton of PBS’s “Sara’s Weeknight Meals”
The Grafton Inn is whipping up a tasty itinerary for its fifth annual Grafton Food Festival. Set for Saturday, July 8, the rain-or-shine event pays homage to Vermont’s scrumptious selection with food and spirit samplings from over 35 local vendors. Between tastings, the festival features a children’s culinary competition, a new cooking class with celebrity chef Sara Moulton, and a new Beer and Cheese Pairing hosted by 14th Star Brewing and Grafton Cheese. The flavorful festivities simmer into the evening with a special four-course dinner prepared from Sara’s Home Cooking 101.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Sara Moulton back again this year. In addition to her own demonstration, she’ll even be joining our own Chef Cal Hingston for a new culinary class,” said Angela Comstock, Innkeeper of the Grafton Inn. “The festival overall is getting bigger and better each year. This summer we’re welcoming over 35 vendors — up from 22 last year — and we’re seeing a perfect pairing of food and spirits in the selection.”
Beginning at 10 a.m., a collection of Vermont vendors such as Sidehill Farm, TrueNorth Granola, Citizen Cider, and Stonecutter Spirits, will welcome foodie fans to a dazzling display of local preserves, syrups, sauces, meats, ciders, and more under the all-weather tent. Two local food trucks will be on-site and the Inn will fire up a BBQ in the courtyard from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Kicking off the chain of decadent events is a 10:30 a.m. Children’s Culinary Competition, where five teams will be tasked with preparing a mac & cheese dish using local ingredients and Grafton Village Cheese. New to this year’s lineup is a 12:30 p.m. culinary class with Sara Moulton and Chef Cal Hingston of the Grafton Inn. Tickets for the class are $30 and can be reserved in advance by calling 802-843-2252. Additional food demonstrations will be held by food writer Molly Stevens at 2:30 p.m. and Sara Moulton at 4 p.m. The festival wraps up from 5 to 6 p.m. with a fun new Beer & Cheese Pairing event by 14th Star Brewing and Grafton Village Cheese.
Festival goers are encouraged to save their appetites for a four-course dinner in the Old Tavern Dining Room at 6:30 p.m. Prepared from Sara’s Home Cooking 101, Chef Cal Hingston and his team will serve a menu including broccoli carpaccio with sliced avocados and broccoli stalk salad, barley with clam sauce topped with sautéed bread crumbs, grilled pork tenderloin, and a hazelnut-almond dacquoise. The dinner is priced at $70 per person (plus tax and gratuity).
Tickets for the festival cost $10 and can be bought the day of at the festival. Kids under 12 are admitted free. A portion of the proceeds from the festival will support culinary scholarships for Vermont high school students through The Windham Foundation.
Festival attendees are invited to spice up their visit and linger longer with a specially prepared Food Festival Package. In addition to festival tickets, the $588 value-packed package includes entry to the four-course dinner, two nights lodging at the Grafton Inn on July 7 and 8, with breakfast both mornings and a vendor’s goodie basket upon arrival.
To reserve a seat at the dinner, call 802-843-2248.
About the Grafton Inn
The Grafton Inn, located in the picturesque, country village of Grafton, VT , boasts a variety of accommodations from guestrooms and suites in the historic Old Tavern building to secluded vacation homes nestled in the village. As part of The Windham Foundation, the Inn helps support the foundation’s mission of promoting vitality in rural Vermont communities.