Vermont Fresh Network dinner celebrates 23 years

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Vermont Fresh Network dinner celebrates 23 years

Thu, 07/11/2019 - 6:56am -- tim

A meal like no other returns to Shelburne Farms on Sunday, August 4th

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Fresh Network (VFN) invites the public to a delicious tour through Vermont’s finest food and beverages at their 23rd Annual Forum Dinner on Sunday, Aug. 4. Vermont’s chefs and farmers will gather on the shores of Lake Champlain to prepare a grazing dinner celebrating local food.

Hosted in the Coach Barn at Shelburne Farms, guests begin the evening with a 5 p.m. cocktail hour when the courtyard is filled with local food producers offering food and beverage tastings. The cocktail hour participants reflect Vermont’s continued leadership in food and drink, from award winning Vermont cheese and beer to products that use maple in unique ways from sparkling water to infused syrup with locally-foraged mint for cocktails.

At 6 p.m. the doors to the Coach Barn open for diners to enjoy a menu of small dishes prepared by Vermont Fresh Network chefs from across the state, including James Beard semi-finalist Chef Cara Chigazola-Tobin of Honey Road in Burlington and first time participant Chef Vanessa Davis of J.J. Hapgood General Store and Eatery in Peru.

The sweet ending of the evening is provided by the folks at Strafford Organic Ice Cream with an old-fashioned Ice Cream Social on the lawn overlooking the sunset on Lake Champlain.

Ticket sales are limited to provide an evening with space for diners to talk with chefs, food producers, and each other as they taste their way through the night.

Attendees will be able to participate in crowd favorite contests including “The Best Bite” and “The Best Sip.” And what has become a popular feature of the evening, the silent auction, offers an opportunity to bid on a variety of food and farm themed experiences, from VIP Dinner Packages in local restaurants to romantic getaways to baking classes to brewery and distillery tours.

Tickets are $60 for VFN members and $75 for non-members. For tickets and more information, visit Diners are asked to pre-purchase their tickets; there are no ticket sales at the door. This dinner is a fundraiser for Vermont Fresh Network. All proceeds go to continuing programming that helps bring more Vermont grown and raised food to the table. 

Vermont Fresh Network thanks the generous sponsors who make this event possible, including our gold level sponsors, Black River Produce, Burlington Free Press, Farrell Distributing, Foley Services, Hotel Vermont, Shelburne Farms, and Vermont First. A full sponsor list is found at

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 Follow Vermont Fresh Network on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

The following is a list of participants for 2019

14th Star Brewing Co. - St. Albans
Aqua ViTea Kombucha and Spirits - Middlebury
Artesano Mead / KIS Kombucha - Groton
Artisan Eats Vermont - Windsor
Baird Farm - North Chittenden
Bleu Northeast Seafood - Burlington
Brio Coffee - Burlington
Cabot Creamery Cooperative - Waitsfield
Ceres Natural Remedies - Burlington
Champlain Orchards Cidery - Shoreham
Citizen Cider - Burlington
Caledonia Spirits - Hardwick
Eden Specialty Cider - Newport
Edson Hill - Stowe
The Farmhouse Group - Burlington
Good Measure Brewing - Northfield
The Great Northern - Burlington
Honey Road - Burlington
Inn at Shelburne - Shelburne
Joe's Kitchen @Screamin' Ridge Farm - Montpelier
Juniper Bar and Restaurant - Burlington
J.J. Hapgood General Store and Eatery - Peru
Kimball Brook Farm/Green Mountain Organic Creamery - North Ferrisburgh
Lewis Creek Farm - Starksboro
Lincoln Peak Vineyard - New Haven
The Lodge at Spruce Peak - Stowe
Long Trail Brewing - Bridgewater Corners
Otter Creek Brewing - Middlebury
Mad River Distillers - Waitsfield
Maquam Winery - Swanton
Michael's on the Hill - Waterbury Center
New England Culinary Institute - Montpelier
Nitty Gritty Grains - Charlotte
O Bread - Shelburne 
OM Fisher Homes - Montpelier
Prohibition Pig - Waterbury
Red Hen Baking - Middlesex
SILO Distillery - Windsor
Sugar Bob's Finest Kind - Rutland
Sugarsnap Catering - Burlington
Stowe Cider - Stowe
TreTap - Fairfax
Strafford Organic Creamery - Strafford
Shelburne Farms Cheese - Shelburne
Shelburne Vineyard - Shelburne
Upstate Elevator Company - Burlington
UVM Dining - Burlington
Vermont Beekeepers Association
Vermont Fresh Pasta - Proctorsville
Vermont Salumi - Plainfield
Vermont Grass Farmers Association
Windfall Orchard - Cornwall

Source: RICHMOND, Vermont - VFN 7.8.2019