Celebrate Vermont Festival Lodging Package

The package includes: overnight lodging (1-night minimum), 3-day festival admission, and a made-in-Vermont gift bag filled with specialties from Ben & Jerry’s, Cabot Creamery, Grand View Winery, Green Mountain Coffee, Lake Champlain Chocolates, Laughing Moon Chocolates, and Sugarman of Vermont.  Also included in the gift bag is a special-edition print of a watercolor Stowe landscape by Vermont artist Tari Swenson.

The package pricing depends on the guests’ choice of lodging, but starts at $110 per night, double occupancy!  What a deal!

This package can be booked at: http://www.gostowe.com/lodging/specials or by calling 877-GO-STOWE.

 

 

 

Long Trail brews special brew to drink with Hardwick Beef “Roast Beef” on Sunday August 26.  Once in a lifetime!

Holy Cow Ale

Style: Blend (one part Double bag and one part Harvest Ale)

Color: Auburn/ Brown

ABV: 5.6%

Bitterness Units: 24

Date of Introduction: One time blend for Celebrate Vermont Festival August 2012

Malts: Two Row, Caramel, Chocolate & Crystal

Hops: Northern Brewer and Mt Hood

Description: Holy Cow Ale is a special blend we will be pouring for this year’s Celebrate Vermont Festival. The unique mix of Double Bag’s malty and caramel flavors with the taste of locally harvested Vermont ingredients. This intense malt bomb is not to be forgotten.

 

For Immediate Release: Monday, July 23

For further information contact:

 

Bill Schubart Bill@Schubart.com 802 482 3287

Charley Dooley: info@celebratevermontfestival.com 802 425 3399

Stowe Area Association www.gostowe.com  802 253-7321

 

Celebrate Vermont Festival  http://www.CelebrateVermontFestival.com 

With the combined support and educational resources of Vermont’s Dept. of Tourism & Marketing, Agency of Natural Resources, and Dept. of Agriculture, many commercial sponsors including Cabot, Stihl, the Stowe Area Assoc., Blue Cross / Blue Shield of VT, Long Trail Brewing, and Hardwick Beef, Charley Dooley, Bill Schubart, and Tim Cianciola of Craftproducers, Inc. have planned a statewide party. Vermont Public Radio, Vermont Public Television, WCAX, WDEV, Seven Days VT, and The Point, have all been supportive with promotional media and editorial content.

 

The inaugural festival will be at the Stowe Events Field and Trapp Family Forest on August 24-26. The Celebrate Vermont Festival arose largely from the work of Paul Costello and his VT Council on Rural Development’s vision for Vermont’s food, farm, forest and cultural landscapes.

 

The Festival will debut with a downtown Noah’s Ark parade through Stowe Village on Thursday, August 23 at 10 AM.  The Festival gates will open for visitors the following day, Friday morning at 10 AM at both the Stowe Events Field on Weeks Road at the Mayo Farm and The Trapp Family Lodge, which is hosting the forestry, recreational and woodlot management seminars. Gates will close daily at 5 PM to allow evening activities in and around Stowe.

Visitors will get special offers for lodging, and area restaurant chefs will prepare and feature menus from Vermont artisan foods and local harvests. At the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, the Festival of the Americas will take place with world-class musicians, including many Vermonters. There will be a Farmer’s Market on Friday and special Vermont-themed dinners over the weekend.

In the Village, there will be an evening showing of The Sound of Music Friday evening, Art on the Fence all day Saturday, a vaudeville performance with outdoor videos by Waldo Woodhead, www.waldowoodhead.com and Sweeney Todd will be on stage at the Stowe Theatre Guild on Friday and Saturday evenings. The cast will perform some tunes from the show at the Festival on Saturday afternoon.

The Festival celebrates all that Vermont is and does. There are demos, workshops, culinary activities, and live music. 4-8,000 visitors are expected during the three days. The schedule includes three days of chef demos by master VT chefs, 3 days of cheese tasting, cheese and wine and cheese and beer pairings with 18 VT cheeses, wines, spirits and beers. Each day, the festival celebrates, and master chefs prepare and serve:  lamb (Friday), pork (Saturday), and beef (Sunday,) culminating in Chef Frank Pace grilling a 1000-lb VT grass fed steer from Hardwick Beef on a custom-welded trapeze.

At the Stoweflake Resort and Spa’s Atrium on Saturday from 5 – 7 pm, a Vermont Craft Spirits Cocktail Contest will be held, focusing on the diversity of Vermont spirits and promising great fun while supporting the Distilled Spirits Council of Vermont and the Stowe Area Association. An $18 admission will cover tastes from seven of Vermont’s finest distillers: Duncs Mill, Smugglers Notch Distillery, Boyden Valley Winery, Sapling Liqueur, Vermont Spirits, Whistle Pig Straight Rye Whiskey, and Caledonia Spirits and Winery.

Each guest will receive a score sheet. Categories will include: Best Cocktail, Best Garnish, and Best Party Drink. Portions will necessarily be limited to a few ounces. Mixed cocktails like a Manhattan will be limited, as the purpose is to sip, savor, and explore these world-class Vermont spirits. Anything goes except No Fire (ignited drinks). There will be prizes for the winners and door prizes for the public. More details will be posted shortly on www.celebratevermontfestival.com.

Every day integrates some of the best live entertainment that Vermont has to offer: Patti Casey and Bob Amos http://www.patticasey.com/about/, Spencer Lewis’ Vermont Folk Rock Project, The Starline Rhythm Boys http://www.starlinerhythmboys.com/, Green Mountain Swing Band,  Waldo Woodhead, and, on Friday “Heritage Day,” Mark Sustic’s Young Tradition Project will showcase Jeh Kulu Junior (http://jehkulujrco.blogspot.com), Hannah Beth Crary, an extraordinary young fiddler, (http://www.facebook.com/hannahbethfiddle) and then, Yasi, Oliver & Louli Zeichner, three homeschooled teens who have been playing Old-Time/Appalachian and Irish music together through much of their childhood. The “Heritage” appearances will be showcased by Young Tradition Vermont which presents at concerts, dances, and festivals throughout New England and Quebec.  www.YoungTraditionVermont.org .

The Chautauqua Tent and the Trapp Family Forest will be the venues for the many farm and forest seminars and workshops. Among them are Forest Trail Management for Recreation for walking, skiing, snowshoeing, mountain with Josh Ryan  of Timber and Stone, Rusty Dewees’ Workshop for Comedians and Performers, Attracting Wildlife Managing your woods and property to enhance bird and wildlife habitat with Jim Shallow of the Audubon Society, Timber and Energy Harvest - managing woodlots for sustainable firewood and timber yields, slash management, extraction that minimizes damage with Forrester Keith Thompson of Forest Parks & Recreation  Gardening 101 with Laurie Curtis of the UVM Master Gardener’s Program, Your Backyard Eden -  optimize your small backyard plot for beauty and utility: fruit and vegetable harvests, pruning for small space, healthy soil amendments, sun/shade, water with Rebecca Phelps, of Forest, Parks & Recreation, Maple Sugaring: Managing a maple grove for optimal sugaring operations, tree health, modern sugaring methods and technology with the Trapp Family Sugarworks Manager Composting with Kitty Werner & Mary Evslin of the UVM Master Gardeners Program,  Reading the Forest Landscape, learn to spot the clues of how the forestscape has evolved over centuries to its present state. Was it a pasture, a homestead or a crop field? The trees, stones, forest undergrowth and artifacts all tell tales to tell about the forest’s past with Ed O’Leary of Forest Parks and Rec., Bees in your Fields, Forest, Garden & Orchard: Nationally known apiarist, author and VPR commentator Bill Mares will share the latest information on the state of the bees nationally and in Vermont, and also give tips on evolving practices to maintain healthy colonies. Bill is president of the Eastern Apicultural Society and has kept bees himself for 40 years. Eat the Yard: Growing Edibles in Your Landscape with VPR commentator Charlie Nardozzi,  Forest Safety: Chainsaws, axes, wedges, skidders, horses, portable saw mills and safety wear will all be reviewed including new, more accurate felling techniques with foresters Paul Cate and Darwin Haselton, Native Plants with Pat Cox Sainsbury also of the UVM Master Gardeners Program In this workshop on gardening and landscaping with native plants, we’ll discuss the merits of planting with natives, consider the threats stemming from invasive plants and learn which plants you can use to attract pollinators, butterflies and birds, The VPR Gardening Vignettes with gardening commentator Ron Krupp,  The Magic Forest Imagine your forest as a source of color, food, art and craft materials. Learn to see the forest through the eyes of an artist, a painter, a fabric artist a chef. The forest offers us dyes, herbs, culinary delights, woods, withes, burls and fibers suitable for a wide variety of baskets and woodcrafts.  A walk through the woods with Allaire Diamond of Goldthread Consulting who sees all this forest-to-table bounty and shows how it can be used to create art and culinary delights sustainably.

 

Come and enjoy the sheer joy of being outdoors on a Vermont summer day with good local food, wine, beer, spirits, music, dance, a panoply of Vermont-made food, arts, and crafts and lots to learn about how to beneficially harvest and use the natural produce of our working landscape.

 

 

 

 

June 8,2012

 

June Newsletter: Celebrate Vermont Festival

The wind has hit the mainsail for the Celebrate Vermont Festival. The schedule of Vermont performers; wine, beer and cheese tastings; chef demonstrations; forestry, farm and garden seminars; and art, craft and small business exhibitors is almost complete. We have in place all the makings of a great Vermont celebration.

Co-founder, Charley Dooley, long noted for his successful art & craft and spirits & food festivals in the Northeast, stated it succinctly, “I have long dreamt of a gathering of Vermonters and their neighbors to simply acknowledge and celebrate what has made Vermont such a singular place to live or visit. My long-time friend, Bill Schubart, and I often talked about it being time to bring people together to celebrate what makes our lives in Vermont so worthwhile. We just looked at each other and said, ‘Let’s do it.’” We formed one of the earlier Vermont Benefit Corporations in order to share proceeds with non-profit participants and began work about a year ago. Vermont’s State agencies have been very supportive. We’ve been working with the Agency of Tourism and Marketing, the Agriculture Dept, Parks, Forests, and Recreation.” They’ve been terrific.

The Festival will debut with a downtown Noah’s Ark parade through Stowe Village on Thursday August 23 at 10 AM.  After the Parade there will be two seminars at the Trapp Family Forest. The Festival gates will open for visitors the following day, Friday morning at 10 AM at both the Stowe Events Field on Weeks Road at the Mayo Farm and The Trapp Family Lodge, which is hosting the forestry and recreational woodlot management seminars. Gates will close daily at 5 PM to allow evening activities in and around Stowe. Visitors will get special offers for lodging, and area restaurant chefs will prepare and feature menus from Vermont artisan foods and local harvests. Up at Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, the Festival of the Americas will take place with world class musicians including many Vermonters. The Mountain also plans a Farmer’s Market on Friday and special Vermont themed dinners over the weekend. Meanwhile in the Village, there will be Art on the Fence on Saturday, and Sweeney Todd will be performed by the Stowe Theatre Guild on Friday and Saturday. The cast will do a few songs at the festival on Saturday afternoon including “God, It’s Good.”

There will be a culinary theme each day of the three-day Festival in tribute to VT grass-fed livestock. Friday will feature a barbecue of VT lamb served and hosted by Jason Clark of Just Delicious Caterers, http://justdeliciouscateringvt.com/, from Elmore. Saturday will feature VT field-raised pork from tail-to-ear in which guests will be able to see and sample the whole-animal ethic. The attendees will be able to sample delicious pork from every part of the pig. The pig will be served and hosted Aaron Josinsky and Lara Wade from Misery Loves Company Events, http://7d.blogs.com/blurt/2011/09/alice-eats-misery-loves-co.html, who will share with guests the process from start to final delicious serving. Sunday will be the coup de grace. Michael Gourlay and Chuck Lacy from Hardwick Beef, http://hardwickbeef.com/, along with renowned Chef Frank Pace, will be preparing and barbecuing a butterflied 1000-lb VT grass-fed steer braised on a specially crafted iron spit designed and built by Marc Shattuck, an experienced artisan and practical welder from Richmond.

The performer lineup gracing the live performance tent will include: Vermont Heritage performers presented by Mark Sustic, http://www.youngtraditionvermont.org/fiddleheads/fiddleheads-press-gallery/, whose knowledge of old and new Vermont musical traditions is well known. The Starline Rhythm Boys, http://www.starlinerhythmboys.com/boys.html, will rock the joint on Saturday with their mixture of bluegrass, country and rockabilly. Spencer Lewis from Randolph, http://www.spencerlewismusic.com/biography, with over 20 studio CDs to his credit, will perform original works derivative of his forty years living in the hills of Vermont. He will play with a quartet, The Vermont Folk Rock Project. Waldo Woodhead and his vaudevillian partner, Waldo, will be cruising the crowd with feats of derring-do and out of control mayhem Sunday will feature Vermont’s prima vocal diva, Patti Casey http://www.patticasey.com/about/ Patti is known for her full throated rendition of bluegrass, gospel and her many original songs. She has performed on Prairie Home Companion and at the prestigious Telluride Bluegrass festival where she won the songwriter composition. Her quartet band is Patti Casey & Bob Amos. The day will finish up with a flourish with Manchester’s “Downtown” Bob Stannard and Those Dangerous Bluesmen.

Our next issue will feature the variety of learning experiences (glass blowing lesson, anyone?) available to guests at the Celebrate Vermont Festival. See our ad in the current issue of Vermont Life and visit our website: www.celebratevermontfestival.com for daily updates of events, seminars, guests, food, exhibitors, and performers. In fact this just came in. Rusty Dewees will conduct a workshop for comedians and performers, “for those who might consider working toward doing it as a vocation or profession, and even for folks who have sat around at night writing something and entertaining the thought of presenting their work in front of a group. In other words, we want to encourage folks who might not feel comfortable, but ‘always wanted to try and get up to perform’ …”
Before closing we would like to welcome three  new Sponsors: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont will be serving healthy smoothies. Stihl US will sponsor the Forestry component and Long Trail Brewing Co. will feature three of its brands: Shed, Wolover’s, and Long Trail itself. They will present tasting and pairings as well. They will develop a unique brew for the Hardwick Beef Roast Beef presentation on Sunday. It will be called “Holy Cow.” And on Saturday, Cabot, one of our first intrepid sponsors, will host the winner of its Backyard Recipe Contest to benefit Hunger Free Vermont. The winning recipe will be served at the Festival on Saturday at 2PM to 200 lucky attendees on a first come first serve basis.

For further info contact: Bill Schubart 802 482 3287  Bill@Schubart.com or
Charley Dooley 802 425- 3399  info@celebrateVermontfestival.com

 

 

 

BACKYARD RECIPE CONTEST

                             ATTENTION SECRET CHEFS

                                           SUBMIT YOUR FAVORITE RECIPE USING ONE CABOT PRODUCT

                                             WIN GREAT PRIZES AND HELP END HUNGER IN VERMONT                                                                         

 Posted June 3, 2012

WHAT:              Cabot Creamery Cooperative presents the Backyard Recipe Contest to benefit Hunger Free Vermont.  Contestants submit a recipe that includes at least one Cabot product at www.feedvt.com and for each entry received; Cabot will donate $5 to Hunger Free Vermont.  The top six (6) recipes will be placed on Cabot’s Facebook page for fans to choose their favorite recipe.  The winning recipe will be announced and sampled at the Celebrate Vermont Festival on August 25th in Stowe, VT. Grand Prize: 3day/2night stay for two people at The Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa with breakfast daily and a 50-minute spa treatment for each; plus entry into the Celebrate Vermont Festival.  Two Runners Up: $100 gift certificates to shopcabot.com.

 

WHEN              June 4 – July 13 – Recipe Entries submitted via www.feedvt.com

                        July 16 -27 – Recipe testing, photos and finalist bios developed

July 30 – August 10 – Cabot Facebook fans vote for favorite recipe

August 13th – Winner notified

August 25 – Announcement at the Celebrate Vermont Festival in Stowe, VT

 

WHERE            Complete contest details can be found at:  www.feedvt.com

 

WHY:                The farm-family owners of Cabot Creamery Cooperative are proud of their cooperative roots and of their service to the communities where they farm and where they sell their award-winning products.  They believe no one should go hungry and they support the mission of Hunger Free Vermont to end the injustice of hunger and malnutrition for all Vermonters.

 

WHO:               Cabot Creamery Cooperative has been in continuous operation in Vermont since 1919, and makes a full line of cheeses, yogurt, sour cream, cottage cheese and butter. Widely known as makers of “The World’s Best Cheddar,” Cabot is owned by the 1,250 dairy farm families of Agri-Mark, the Northeast’s premier dairy cooperative, with farms located throughout New England and upstate New York. For more information on Cabot, visit: http://www.cabotcheese.coop

                       

Hunger Free Vermont, formerly the Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hunger, is an education and advocacy organization with the mission to end the injustice of hunger and malnutrition for all Vermonters. Incorporated in 1993, Hunger Free Vermont is a statewide nonprofit organization that is dedicated to providing nutrition education and expanding access to nutrition programs that nourish Vermont’s children, families, and communities.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Kelly Littlefield, 802-229-9361., klittlefield@cabotcheese.coop.

 

MEDIA CONTACT:

Sara Wing, RD                                                                                      Lisa Long

Director of Marketing, Health & Community Programs                             Development Director

Cabot Creamery Cooperative                                                                 Hunger Free Vermont

802-229-9361                                                                                         802-865-0255

swing@cabotcheese.coop                                                                     llong@hungerfreevt.org

 

 

 

Hardwick Beef to cook 1000 pound Vermont raised grass fed steer on Sunday August 26. Get hungry! (5/31/12)

Photos below are small scale prototype for the  larger BBQ steel trapeze to be built by Marc Shattuck.


Schedule of Forest Events at Trapp Family Forests and the Chautauqua Tent (5/31/12)

Thursday, August 23rd

Trapp Family Forest: 2:00 PM – Attracting Wildlife: Managing your woods and property to enhance bird and wildlife habitat (Jim Shallow, Audubon Vt, or Nancy Patch, Forest Parks & Recreation)

Trapp Sugar House: 2:00 PM – Maple Sugaring: Managing a maple grove for optimal sugaring operations, tree health, modern sugaring methods and technology

Friday, August 24th

Chautauqua Tent: 10: 30 AM – Recreation: Forest trail management for walking, skiing, snowshoeing, mountain biking – trail design and maintenance for recreational activity – (Walter Opuszynski, N. Forest Canoe Trail or Josh Ryan, Timber and Stone, LLC)

Trapp Family Forest: 2:00 PM – Timber and energy harvest: Managing woodlots for sustainable firewood and timber yields, slash management, extraction that minimizes damage etc. Keith Thompson, Forest Parks & Recreation)

Saturday, August 25th

Chautauqua Tent: 10:30 AM – Your backyard Eden: A half-acre lot managed properly can be an Eden if well planted and cared for. We will discuss how to optimize small backyard plots for beauty and utility: fruit and vegetable harvests, pruning for small space, healthy soil amendments, sun/shade, water elements etc. List your lawn mower on Craig’s List! (Rebecca Phelps, Forest, Parks & Recreation or Eric Sorensen, Dept. Fish and Wildlife

Trapp Family Forest: 2:00 PM – Reading the forest landscape: Walk through the woods with a forensic forester and learn to spot the clues of how the forestscape has evolved over centuries to its present state. Learn to find the clues from which we piece together how the land was used 100 years ago. Was it a pasture, a homestead or a crop field? The trees, stones, forest undergrowth and artifacts all have tales to tell about the forest’s past) Ed O’Leary Forest Parks and Rec.

Chautauqua Tent: 3:00 PM – Bees in your Fields, Forest, Garden & Orchard: Nationally known apiarist, author and VPR commentator Bill Mares will share the latest information on the state of the bees nationally and in Vermont, and also give tips on evolving practices to maintain healthy colonies. His session will be largely Q & A for beekeepers, would-be beekeepers and the generally curious. Bill has taught beekeeping to over 500 people and is a past-president of the VT Beekeepers Assoc. and now, president of the Eastern Apicultural Society. He has kept bees himself for 40 years.

Sunday, August 26th

Trapp Family Forest: 10:30 AM – Forest Safety: Chainsaws, axes, wedges, skidders, horses, portable saw mills and safety wear will all be reviewed including new, more accurate felling techniques – (Paul Cate, E. Montpelier & Darwin Haselton)

TBA Catamount Trail Association’s annual Run to the Top of Vermont is scheduled on the Mt. Mansfield Toll Road on Sunday, Aug. 26. Jim Fredericks is the ED of CTA.

2:00 PM – The Magic Forest: Imagine your forest as a source of color, food, art and craft materials. Learn to see the forest through the eyes of an artist, a painter, a fabric artist a chef. The forest offers us dyes, herbs, culinary delights, woods, withes, burls and fibers suitable for a wide variety of baskets and woodcrafts. We will walk through the woods with someone who sees all this forest-to-table bounty and shows how it can be used to create art and culinary delights sustainably. (Allaire Diamond – Goldthread Consulting, Williston)

Celebrate Vermont Forest Events sponsored by STIHL

 

April News Bulletin 4/15/2012

Plans for Vermont’s own party on August 23-26th in Stowe are nearing completion with the generous support of our adventuresome sponsors including: Cabot Cheese, The VT Department of Tourism & Marketing, VT Agency of Natural Resources, VT Council on Rural Development, The VT Dept of Agriculture, Vermont Fresh Network, Stowe Area Assn., WCAX-TV and others. If you would like to either partner with or sponsor the Celebrate Vermont Festival, please be in touch and we will send you information on the benefits to your business or non-profit in joining the party.

Governor Shumlin has been invited to a buffet luncheon on May 10th at The Trapp Lodge where The VT Dept of Tourism and Marketing, The Stowe Area Association, and The Celebrate Vermont Festival team will be hosting a media lunch to formally announce plans for the celebration of Vermont’s working landscape and its bountiful harvest in food, spirits, timber, wood and energy. The Trapp Family Forest will be one of the principal sites for celebrating Vermont’s working forests and the people who steward them.

The event kicks off with a Noah’s Ark Parade on the 23rd through downtown Stowe. There will be alpacas, draft and miniature horses, pets, farm animals and more.

Vermont food is on the agenda and eating arrangements are in place for the event! On Friday, August 24th, we will celebrate Vermont-raised lamb; on Saturday, Vermont farm-raised pork; and on Sunday the piece de resistance will be stage-managed by Hardwick Beef. Under the supervisions of master chef Frank Pace, a butterflied 1000-lb, grass-fed Vermont steer will be barbecued on a custom built steel trapeze. This will be a visual as well as a gustatory feast. Over the three days, we will sample the plentiful harvest of Vermont farms and will feature Vermont’s humanely raised and naturally fed animals.

It may sound like you’ll spend the entire three days eating, but that’s not the case. We’ll also be celebrating another vital aspect of our working landscape, our forests. Split between the events field and the Trapp Family Forest, we will be offering walks, demonstrations and seminars on backyard maple sugaring, woodlot maintenance that attracts birds and wildlife, beekeeping, recreational trail maintenance, timber and energy harvest, creating a backyard Eden and reading the forest landscape, as well as chainsaw and equipment safety. These courses will be led by professional woodsmen, foresters from the VT Dept of Forest Parks and Recreation, Timber and Stone, The Vermont Maple Association, and Goldthread Consulting. All of these learning events are included in the low cost of admission.

Over half the booth sites have already been snapped up by Vermont specialty food producers and craft artisans and more are signing on daily. They will be integral to our celebrating the added value they bring to Vermont’s natural farm and forest resources. They also showcase the vitality of Vermont’s creative economy.

If you would like to know more about the Festival or be a part of it, please be in touch with us at Info@CelebrateVermontFestival.com
Charley Dooley 802 425 3399
Bill Schubart 802 482 3287

 

March News Bulletin 3/15/2012

After a year’s worth of quiet preparations, the Celebrate Vermont Festival is going public. The four-day festival kicks off with a Noah’s Ark Parade of pets and farm animals through the streets of Stowe Village on Thursday August 23h. The following day, Friday at 10 AM, the gates of the Stowe Events field open to all for the three-day session of Celebrate Vermont Festival, August 24-26, at the Stowe Events Field.

Vermonters and visiting guests from the Northeast and Quebec will sample and celebrate the traditional and emerging harvests of our working landscape – a panoply of food, art, craft and culture that comes from our kitchens, farms, forests and the Vermonters who work in them.  For 200 years the working landscape has been the major economic driver in our agriculture, forest products and recreational industries.

The Festival will take place in multiple venues. The Stowe Events Field will be home to The Vermont Marketplace will house  25 specialty food booths, 50 juried craft booths, 25 juried artist booths, and 25 booths of products exemplifying Vermont excellence. Events there will include tastings and pairings of VT artisan cheeses, beers and spirits and will be sponsored by the VT Culinary Tourism Council’s Dig In VT program, Vermont Fresh Network, The Vermont Cheese Council, Vermont Brewers Assoc., the Vermont Folklife Center, Vermont Council on Arts, and other partners. Vermont Life Magazine will have its own Tent and is a media partner.

Under the sponsorship of The Vermont Fresh Network, The Live Kitchen will present three compelling chef demos daily. Topics will range from Wok Cooking from My Garden to Stewing and Braising Grass Fed Beef and Pasture Raised Pork. The Culinary Court includes food booths from around the State serving an infinite variety of delicious food all raised, grown, and processed in Vermont.  This waste-free market will offer ready-to-eat-and-drink Vermont meals prepared in a variety of styles, no fast food here. All leftover food will be composted on site and all materials will be recyclable.

The educational components of the Festival will take place in The Chautauqua Tent where acknowledged experts in various aspects of animal husbandry, home gardening, small scale farming, orcharding, domestic energy conservation and generation, beekeeping, composting and woodlot & forest stewardship will hold forth during the festival in interactive sessions.

The forestry, trail maintenance, maple sugaring and logging events and lectures will be divided between the Trapp Family Forest and the Chautauqua Tent.

Evening performances at the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center (www.sprucepeakarts.org) are being planned. Although the search for a new Director has put performances on a temporary hold, Stowe Mountain is enthusiastically supporting the festival and hopes to commit the theater to hosting Vermont acts each evening of the Festival. The Mountain will offer a farmer’s market and several culinary events during the weekend. Restaurants and Inns in and around Stowe will be preparing special menus using the fresh bounty of Vermont farms and will offer special prices for Festival-goers

On Sunday, Hardwick Beef will be cooking a native grass-fed steer on the site. This is an extraordinary event and will be as fun to watch as it will be delicious to sample.

The Festival has already earned the support of a dozen major sponsors public and private and more are joining to help in the effort.

Bill Schubart and Chuck Lacy of Hardwick Beef will be guests on WCAX’s The :30 on March 21st to kick off the discussion and share with viewers more about the Festival. In a subsequent episode Charley Dooley will appear with “celebrity” craftspeople. Future WCAX airings will reveal other exciting components of the event.

Each month we will send you out an update with news of the Festival. Feel free to be in touch with any questions or to request information about participation, sponsorship or attendance.

CONTACTS:
Charley Dooley at Craftproducers cdooley@craftproducers.com or 802 424-3399 or
Bill Schubart at Bill@Schubart.com or 802 482 3287