Farm Show – Consumer Night

Celebrate Vermont Agriculture at the 5th 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!

January 27, 2016
4:00 – 7:00 PM
Blue Ribbon Pavilion, Champlain Valley Expo
105 Pearl Street, Essex Junction

Buy Local Market

From 4:00–7:00 PM, learn about, try, and purchase a broad range of Vermont food and agricultural products at the Winter Buy Local Market. The market provides Vermont producers the chance to engage new customers through local food sales, sampling, and conversation. Customers will be able to learn about new products and purchase goods from around the state, including ice cream, cheese, wine, beer, meats, grains, fresh produce, maple syrup, honey, fiber, and value-added products. Other vendors specialize in handmade crafts such as textiles, candles, and jewelry. It’s the best Vermont has to offer—all under one roof!

New in 2016: Consumer Night Raffle 

For every $10 purchase you make at the Winter Buy Local Market, you can enter into the Consumer Night Raffle to win a Prize Package from Ski Vermont, Tickets to the Vermont Cheesemakers Festival, or Admission for Two to the Vermont Brewers Festival (Courtesy of Kingdom Brewing). The more you buy, the more times you can enter!

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. This year, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture team will defend its 2015 “Lake to Plate” championship title after wowing last year’s judges with their inventive perch and paratha flatbread tacos. The evening’s surprise local ingredient will be unveiled before the cooking begins, and teams will have the opportunity to shop the Buy Local Market for unique products to craft their perfect local dish. 

New in 2016: 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.