Consumer Night at the Vermont Farm Show

January 30th, 2019
4:00 – 7:00 PM
Blue Ribbon Pavilion, Champlain Valley Expo
105 Pearl Street, Essex Junction

Celebrate the diversity of Vermont Agriculture at the 8th Annual Consumer Night at the Vermont Farm ShowOpen on the second night of the Farm Show, local food, beverages, and crafts will take center stage in the Blue Ribbon Pavilion where attendees can learn about, sample, and purchase a broad range of some of Vermont’s best agricultural products.

Admission and parking for Consumer Night are FREE, and new this year, attendees can also enter to win a prize by visiting special vendors throughout the entire Farm Show Expo for a chance at the grand prize of 1 year of Cabot Cheese! 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! Make a purchase from any vendor at the Buy Local Market and receive a ticket to be entered into the raffle for other amazing local prizes from our partners at Ski Vermont, Shelburne Farms, Vermont Teddy Bear Co., and more!!

The Winter Buy Local Market begins at 4:00pm and provides Vermont producers from all over the state the opportunity to engage with customers through local food sales, sampling, and conversation. At the market you’ll find over 50 farmers and producers of local cheese, meat, fruits and vegetables, milk, maple syrup, honey, jams, culinary oils, wine, beer, spirits, wool, jewelry, candles and other handmade crafts as well as pre-package and ready-to-eat prepared foods such braised goat meatballs and gluten-free spätzle—the best products Vermont has to offer all under one roof.

#RootedInVermont, Skinny Pancake, and Salvation Farms have teamed up again to offer a ‘crêpe hour’ starting at 5PM! #RootedInVermont celebrates the many ways in which Vermonters acquire and enjoy local food—from growing or foraging, purchasing directly from a farmer or at the store, hunting or fishing, eating at schools, institutions or restaurants serving local food, finding food from a food shelf, or just by trading with friends and neighbors. Stop by and learn a little more about how you are #RootedInVermont and enjoy bite-sized tastes of the best Skinny Pancake has to offer!

At 5:15pm, watch your State legislators battle to be Capital Cook-Off champions! Attendees are also encouraged to attend the fierce, Iron Chef style, cooking competition between the State Representatives, Senators, and the reigning champions, Agency of Agriculture staff who will face additional challenges to overcome to wow the judges. The Capital Cook-Off begins with the unveiling of the evening’s secret #RootedinVermont ingredients. Each team will have the opportunity to shop the Buy Local Market for any additional ingredients necessary to craft their perfect dish. The cooking challenge continues until 6:15pm when contestants must present their #RootedinVermont dishes for review by a panel of judges including area restaurant owners, chefs, and public officials. Consumer Night attendees will have an opportunity to sample the teams’ dishes and submit their favorite vote for the “public pick.” While the votes are being tallied, winners of the raffle prizes will be announced, followed by the judges announcing the 2019 Capital Cook-Off winners at 6:45pm!    

2019 Buy Local Market Vendors will include:

Ash Grove Farm                                          wool, yarn, crafts, sheepskins

Autumn Mountain Winery                             bottles of wine

Bees On Broadway                                      Vermont honey, beeswax products, and herbal soap

Butterworks Farm                                        yogurts and kefir

Champlain Orchards                                    apple butter, apple cider donuts, hard cider

DR Sweet View Maple                                  maple syrup, maple cotton candy, maple sugar, and more

Earth Rhythm Herbal                                   herbal tinctures, teas, oils, syrup and glycerin

Fairy Tale Farm                                            fresh and aged cheeses, yarns blankets and roving

goodMix Foods                                            superfood breakfast blends

Happy Bird Poultry Farm                              frozen chicken, pork, and beef products

Hell's Gate Distillery                                    Regal Onyx, Black Pearl, 1812, Grappa, Grappa kits and t-shirts 

Huard Family Farm                                      goat meat, braised goat meatballs, caramel, goat milk soap

It's Arthur's Fault!                                      sauces, marinades, syrups and coffee rubs

Kammel Fudge & Parker Family Farm           handmade fudge, relish & jams/jellies & pumpkin dog treats

Kimball Brook Farm (GMOC)                       organic milks, cultured butter, iced teas, and lemonade                

Kingdom Creamery of Vermont                   ice cream, milk, butter

Moultroup Valley Farm                               frozen grassfed beef

Mountain Fiber Folk                                   local handspun and millspun yarns, hides, crafts, goat milk soaps

Jersey Girls Dairy (Noluma Intl.)                 variety of dairy products

Nothin' But Curd                                        fresh cheese curds and fresh cheese spreads

Pin Up Pickles                                            pickles and DIY pickling kits

Salvation Farms                                         samples of gleaned produce and information about programs

Singing Spindle Spinnery                            seeds, crafts, yarn, fiber, knitting and felting kits

Skinny Pancake                                          sweet and savory crepes

Sticky Paws Meadery                                  mead (honey wine) in a variety of flavors

Sweet Doe Dairy                                        goat milk gelato

Sweet Rowen Farmstead                             cream-top milk, sea-salted chocolate milk, variety of cheeses

The Vermont Spätzle Company                    no-boil, non-gmo, gluten free spätzle

Turning Stone Farm                                    garlic, CBD products, echinechea, tinctures, ceramics

Venetian Ginger Ale                                    Venetian ginger ale

Vermont Currant                                        black currant simple syrup, vinaigrette, jam, tea and dry rub

Vermont Vinegars                                       vinegar & vinaigrettes

Wood's Vermont Syrup Co.                          specialty maple syrup products and sugars

For more information about Consumer Night, contact:

Alissa Matthews
(802) 505-1661

Faith Raymond
(802) 828-1619 


Contact Information

Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets

116 State Street
Montpelier, Vt 05620-2901

Program Contacts

  • Media Inquiries                      802.622.4662
  • Licensing & Registration        802.828.2436
  • Business Development          802.828.1619
  • Feed, Seed, Fertilizer & Lime  802.828.2431
  • Working Lands                    802.622.4477
  • Public Health & Resource Management                802.828.2431
  • Laboratory                                  802.585.6073
  • Animal Health                        802.828.2421
  • Dairy                              802.828.2433
  • Consumer Protection / Weights & Measures                           802.828.2433
  • Produce Program                  802.522.3132
  • Meat Inspection                    802.828.2426
  • Water Quality                               802.828.2431
    • Farmer Assistance                    802.622.4098
    • Enforcement                                802.828.2431
    • Reports                                      802.272.0323
    • BMP's                                      802.828.3474
  • Act 250                          802.828.2431 
  • Pesticide                        802.828.2431