Join Vermont Ag at the Big E this fall

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Join Vermont Ag at the Big E this fall

Mon, 04/19/2021 - 5:54am -- tim

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets is seeking food, beverage or retail business interested in a new fall marketing event! Join us, along with almost 30 other Vermont businesses, in the Vermont Building at the Big E! In 2019, 1.6 million people attended the Big E, making this a great event to showcase your Vermont products to the southern New England audience. 

The Vermont Building, located on the grounds of the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield; MA showcases the authenticity, quality, and spirit of Vermont. Each year, companies from across Vermont head down to the Big E to share their products with fair-goers who appreciate the high-quality made-in-Vermont products. The application for a booth space is open now through June 15th.  

Booth spaces are available for both retail and food/beverage products. Vending opportunities exist for the entirety of the 17-day fair, 8-9 day rotating spots, and occasionally 4-6 days.  

Products of particular interest for 2021 are:  
  • Savory prepared foods that do not emit any grease laden vapors in the cooking process. 
  • Apple pie or crisp
  • Vermont made pottery 
  • Hot and cold coffee to go 
  • Other consumer goods such as accessories, art, gifts, jewelry, body products, apparel, and home products. 

Deadline to Apply: June 15th, 2021

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