Celebrate Vermont Agriculture at the 7th Annual Consumer Night at the Vermont Farm Show

Celebrate Vermont Agriculture at the 7th 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!

There are still a few spots left for the Winter Buy Local Market to be held during Consumer Night at the Vermont Farm Show, so we areextending the deadline for Vendor Applications to January 10, 2018. To participate in the 2018 Buy Local Market, please complete the application (link below) and submit a Certificate of Insurance (COI).  

Application link: https://vermontworkinglands.wufoo.com/forms/zlun2j01vkuuqa/

January 31, 2018
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 2017 championship title after wowing last year’s judges with wild venison sliders braised in cranberry hard cider with oyster mushrooms, herbs and cheese curds

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:

Alissa Matthews
(802) 505-1661

Faith Raymond
(802) 828-1619