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Annual Forum


Vermont Fresh Network's 21st Annual Forum Dinner 

Date: Sunday, August 6, 2017 
Time: 5pm - 8pm 
Location: Coach Barn at Shelburne Farms [view map]
Tickets: $75 per person | $60 for members
Purchase Tickets: Tickets Available Here

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About our Annual Forum Dinner

Join us at the Vermont Fresh Network Annual Forum Dinner! For one special evening in August, farmers and chefs from all across Vermont come together to prepare a sensational meal for you and fellow food enthusiasts. It is a fundraiser for the Vermont Fresh Network — all proceeds go to continuing programming that helps bring more Vermont grown and raised food to the table.  

2017 Highlights... 

VFN is turning 21! We’re celebrating our 21st birthday this summer and the 2017 Annual Forum Dinner is exploring Vermont's farm to bar, bottle, and beverage producers (teetotalers fear not, we'll also have abundant alcohol-free tastings and treats!).

The VFN Silent Auction is returning to the Forum with chances to bid on some great Vermont food experiences. New this year, the bidding will open online at the end of June, in addition to bid sheets at the event. Bidding closes at the end of the Forum. 


5:00 - Doors Open to Guests 

5:00 till 6:00 - Vermont Artisanal Products Tasting

  • Taste some of the most innovative and delicious new culinary treasures coming out of Vermont food artisans.
  • Celebrate the dedication of Vermont’s new wave of cidermakers, winemakers and distillers as they share tastes of their varied creations.
  • Discuss the merits of curd with cheesemakers.
  • Sample heirloom varieties of fruits and vegetables from local farms.

6:00 till 8:00 - Grazing Dinner - enjoy the bounty of local products grown and raised by Vermont’s farmers and highlighted in delectable offerings by over 20 of the state’s finest chefs - it is a dinner like no other.

7:30 till 8:00 - Ice Cream Social with Amy, Earl and the crew from Strafford Organic Creamery

Useful Notes about the Event:
  • There will be a Cash Bar, but alcohol samplings are free. Please bring a photo ID, you will be carded in order to sample alcohol.
  • We have a number of fantastic offerings for a silent auction fundraiser at the event this year - come prepared to participate!
  • There is no ATM on the property.
  • Weather permitting; parking will be on the field in front of the Coach Barn.
  • No dogs are allowed on Shelburne Farms property.

Take a look at last year's participants and check back for the 2017 participants in June! 

2016 Participants 

Chef Tables
Bar Antidote – Vergennes
Basin Harbor Club – Vergennes
Bistro de Margot -- Burlington
Bleu Northeast Seafood-- Burlington
Daily Planet – Burlington
El Cortijo – Burlington
Farmhouse Tap & Grill – Burlington
Guild Tavern – Burlington
Hen of the Wood – Waterbury/Burlington
Idletyme Brewing Company – Stowe
Inn at Round Barn Farm -- Waitsfield
Inn at Shelburne Farms – Shelburne
Juniper Bar and Restaurant – Burlington
Leunig's Bistro – Burlington
Michael's on the Hill – Waterbury Center
Misery Loves Co. – Winooski
New England Culinary Institute – Montpelier
Pascolo Ristorante – Burlington
Red Hen Baking Company -- Middlesex
Sodexo - Vermont First
Sugarsnap -- Williston
Taverna Khione – Shelburne
The Pitcher Inn – Warren
Trapp Family Lodge – Stowe
UVM Medical Center - Burlington

Food and Drink Artisans
Antidote Brewery -- Vergennes
Artesano LLC -- Groton
Cabot Creamery - Cabot
Caledonia Spirits – Hardwick
Champlain Orchards -- Shoreham
Citizen Cider – Burlington
Eden Ice Cider -- Newport
Full Sun Company -- Middlebury
Hollandeer Farm -- Holland
Idletyme Brewing Company – Stowe
Joe's Kitchen at Screamin' Ridge Farm – Montpelier
Kimball Brook Farm – Hinesburg
Lincoln Peak Vineyard – New Haven
Mad River Distillers – Burlington/Waitsfield/Warren
O Bread Bakery – Shelburne
Shacksbury -- Shoreham
Shelburne Farms Cheese - Shelburne
Shelburne Vineyard – Shelburne
Slow Food Vermont
Strafford Organic Creamery - Strafford
The Cellars at Jasper Hill -- Greensboro
The Vermont Switchel Company – Cabot
Vermont Cheese Council
Vermont Creamery – Randolph
Vermont Beekeepers Association
Vermont Farm to Table Book
Vermont Smoke & Cure - Hinesburg
Windfall Orchards -- Cornwall
Zero Gravity Craft Brewery – Burlington


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