Farm Show – Consumer Night


Celebrate Vermont Agriculture at the 6th Annual Consumer Night at the Vermont Farm Show

A time to try and buy some of Vermont’s best agricultural products—and watch your state senators and representatives compete in the Capital Cook-Off!

February 1, 2017
4:00 – 7:00 PM
Blue Ribbon Pavilion, Champlain Valley Expo
105 Pearl Street, Essex Junction

Buy Local Market

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets, in conjunction with the Vermont Farm Show, is pleased to announce the 6th Annual Buy Local Market to be held during “Consumer Night” at the Vermont Farm Show on February 1, 2017. The Buy Local Market, located in the Blue Ribbon Pavilion Building, will present consumers with an ideal occasion to taste, learn about, and buy Vermont agricultural products from across our state.

Vendors of Vermont agricultural products can apply for FREE booth space at the Winter Buy Local Market. Download the application below.

Application for 2017 Winter Buy Local Market

Deadline for Applications December 19, 2016

Consumer Night Raffle 

Information will be posted soon.

Capitol Cook-Off

Beginning at 5:15 PM, watch Vermont State Representatives, State Senators and Agency of Agriculture staff battle in a contest to showcase local foods in the Capital Cook-Off, an “Iron Chef” style cooking challenge. The evening’s surprise local ingredient will be unveiled before the cooking begins, and teams will shop the Buy Local Market for unique products to craft their perfect local dish in just one hour. This year, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture will defend its 2016 championship title after wowing last year’s judges with a chevon, or goat meat, stew served on a bed of mashed Gilfeather turnip—Vermont’s state vegetable—alongside bacon and smoked maple biscuits. 

Public Pick

At 6:30 pm, sample the Capital Cook-Off teams' dishes and vote your favorite! 

Consumer Night Schedule 

Buy Local Market Capital Cook-Off
4:00 pm – Market opens 5:15 pm – Secret ingredient revealed
6:45 pm – Raffle winners announced!      5:30 pm – Teams begin cooking
7:00 pm – Market closes 6:30 pm – Teams stop cooking and present dishes to judges
  6:55 pm – Judges announce Capital Cook-Off winners!

Free Admission & Parking

There is no fee for admission to Consumer Night or for parking during the Farm Show; however, non-perishable food donations to support the Vermont Foodbank are highly encouraged. Don’t miss this opportunity to sample and learn about great Vermont products in person—and perhaps even win one of the Consumer Night raffle prizes!


For more information about Consumer Night, contact Kristina Sweet at or (802) 522-7811.