Known for cheddar cheese, maple syrup and so much more, the state of Vermont provides the country with a wide variety of agricultural products. That abundance could also explain why there are so many fascinating culinary celebrations scattered throughout the Green Mountain State. Here are a few of our favorite Vermont food festivals to put on your foodie bucket list.
Burlington Wine and Food Festival
What better way to kick off our Vermont list than with the Burlington Wine and Food Festival? For more than a decade, people have flocked to the waterfront in Burlington to celebrate all things delectable and tasty. This gathering is the perfect place to sample a variety of plates and drinks from a multitude of top-notch chefs, farmers and artisans from around the state. While you can attend without an agenda, you can also make reservations for a number of special events like chef and wine dinners and roundtables that give you the chance to get up close and personal with some of the best producers Vermont has to offer.
Deerfield Valley Blueberry Festival
The Deerfield Valley Blueberry Festival is a celebration of all things blueberry, from lemonade and coffee to baked goods and an opening ceremony involving 200 gallons of blueberry Jell-O. You can spend your day sampling all the blueberry-related treats or make your way to the pick-your-own blueberry fields to bring home some fresh berries to make some goodies of your own. Dozens of businesses and vendors participate in this festival, which means you will have more than enough to see, taste and enjoy.
Vermont Cheesemakers Festival
Did you know that Vermont has the most cheesemakers per capita compared to every other state in the country? That’s why people come together every autumn on Shelburne Farms for the Annual Vermont Cheesemakers Festival. There’s no chance of going hungry at this nationally acclaimed festival, which features more than 40 cheesemakers from around the state and 100 different food and beverage vendors. Your festival admission ticket includes a bag and wine glass, offsite parking and a shuttle ride to and from the event.
Southern Vermont Garlic & Herb Festival
Garlic ice cream, garlic braids, garlic bulbs, garlic jelly, and pickled garlic are just a few of the many garlic-inspired foods you can sample and purchase at the Southern Vermont Garlic & Herb Festival in Bennington. In addition to filling your shopping bag with tasty treats and fresh herbs, you can also attend cooking demonstrations, educational workshops on planting and braiding, and so much more. There’s even a beer and wine garden for adults and face painting, bounce houses and a number of other family-friendly activities for the children.
Vermont Brewers Festival
There’s no better way to celebrate summer than with a cold drink at the Vermont Brewers Festival. In addition to its beautiful location on the waterfront overlooking the striking Adirondack Mountains, this long-running festival is considered one of the premier beer gatherings in the world. Talk to the geniuses behind the local craft brews and sample creative new drinks as you enjoy an assortment of live bands. You can even purchase tickets to exclusive beer and food pairings that include a diverse selection of cheeses and chocolates.
Vermont Golden Honey Festival
The Vermont Golden Honey Festival is a small-town celebration that promises to pack a big punch. With a number of food and beverage vendors, books, mead, live music, and artisan craftsmen, this free event deserves a spot on any foodie’s bucket list. It is often voted one of the “Top 10 Fall Events” by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, and with so many sweet and delicious honey-themed foods, activities and goodies, it’s easy to see why.
Gilfeather Turnip Festival
Whether you are a turnip aficionado or new to this humble root vegetable, there’s a place for you at the Gilfeather Turnip Festival in Wardsboro. People from all over New England come to this event to sample turnip-related dishes and purchase freshly-plucked turnips and seed packets for the upcoming season. There are even turnip contests with categories like best turnip name, largest turnip and strangest turnip.