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

Winter Buy Local Market

The Winter Buy Local Market, located in the Blue Ribbon Pavilion, will feature over 50 Vermont farmers and producers of local cheese, meat, fruits and vegetables, milk, maple syrup, jams, culinary oils, honey, wine, beer, spirits, wool, and handmade crafts as well as ready-to-eat prepared foods such as bacon hot dogs and ice cream cones. Click HERE for a full list of vendors. 

Consumer Night Raffle 

For every purchase of $5 or more, enter the Consumer Night raffle to win a prize package from Ski Vermont, a family membership to Shelburne Farms, tickets to the Vermont Cheesemakers Festival, or another great prize! 

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!

Contact

For more information about Consumer Night, contact Kristina Sweet at kristina.sweet@vermont.gov or (802) 522-7811.