The 2nd Annual Celebrate Vermont Festival

AUGUST 15-17,

Bill Schubart 802 482 3287
Charley Dooley 802 922 1859

For Immediate Release: July 15, 2014

Vermont’s own party, Celebrate Vermont Festival, is back! The weekend of August 15-17, the Stowe Events Field will come alive with the best that Vermont has to offer. Tickets are available online now. Many of our first year’s singular culinary events such as the wine, beer and cheese pairings sold out. Seats are limited so act quickly to sample Vermont’s best artisan brews, wines and cheeses.

The Celebration grew out of the Vermont Working Landscape initiative and has become the signature celebration of Vermont’s foods, farms, forests, waterways and unspoiled recreational resources. It celebrates our 200-year heritage and explores who we are becoming. In partnership with Vermont’s Creative Economy Office, some of Vermont’s most innovative inventors, makers and entrepreneurs will be on hand to demonstrate their creativity.

There will be six activity areas to keep visitors entertained, learning, and experiencing what Vermont offers its own and its many visitors.

Throughout the day and two evenings the Music and Entertainment Tent will present performances by well-known regional Vermont bands, storytellers, and musicians. Friday will feature emerging traditional Vermont musicians and dancers from Mark Sustic’s Young Tradition Vermont. These young Vermonters are the guardians of Vermont’s and their natal countries’ traditions and culture. Michelle Choniere, the pre-eminent interpreter of Québécois folksongs, will perform as well. Saturday will feature Vermont bands during the day and early evening, including Bob Stannard and Those Dangerous Bluesmen, and folk-rocker Spencer Lewis. . Sunday will feature a full gospel breakfast with soul food and famous soul and gospel belter Tammy Fletcher and her band. In the afternoon, we will enjoy a stage performance and closing parade by the ebullient Brass Balagan. Josie Leavitt and the Comedy Diva’s will offer an audience participation evening of comedy on Friday night and Vermont’s own Stone Cold Roosters will keep the crowd dancing Saturday night and at an old fashioned kitchen tonk dance party.

The Culinary Tent will feature chef demos with some of Vermont’s best chefs. Vermont wine, beer, cheese pairing-tastings will be hosted by Jeff Roberts, the former executive director of Slow Food Vermont and a frequent visitor to Salone del gusto at Italy’s famed Terra Madre Slow Food event. There will also be a special “terroir” grass fed beef tasting with Mark Smith of Green Pasture Meats.

The Vermont Marketplace tent will showcase the rich food, farm, and forest harvest of the many Vermont artists, artisans, and entrepreneurs who sustain Vermont’s working landscape’s economy. The Kid’s Zone will offer hay rides, face painting, storytelling, games, a musical instrument petting zoo, magic, and many other enjoyable and learning activities for kids.

Vermont’s Great Outdoors is a new focus this year and will showcase on the grounds and with local excursions much of what Vermont has to offer recreationally from fly-fishing and tying, yoga, to archery to its breathtaking swimming holeswalking, hiking and biking.

Celebrate Vermont is keeping alive the revered Chautauqua tradition in our Chautauqua Tent with a variety of workshops each day that are free to guests. These were very popular in the first year and require no advance sign up. Just see the schedule and show up. Experts in each field offer an interactive workshop and learning experience for guests. Sessions include gardening and landscaping for wildlife, pollinators, as well as composting and other gardening and forest subjects.

The Festival grounds will be transformed into a virtual encampment of white tents, music, stories, food, spirits, markets, learning opportunities, demonstrations and recreational activity. There will even be a mobile slaughter unit on display.

Tickets will be available at the entry gate. Adults will be $10 and children $2. Please note: Many of the seminars that serve alcohol require an additional ticket. To avoid disappointment, it is suggested that you purchase these tickets in advance online The full schedule is also available on the website. If you have questions, call 802-253-7321.

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