Farm Show – Consumer Night


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!

January 31, 2018
4:00 – 7:00 PM
Blue Ribbon Pavilion, Champlain Valley Expo
105 Pearl Street, Essex Junction

Winter Buy Local Market

Click here for a full list of participating vendors!

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.

Consumer Night Raffle 

Post your photo from the event tagging @VermontAgencyofAgriculture on Facebook or Instagram for a chance to win one one of three great local prizes with every #RootedInVermont or #VTFarmShow18 social media post from 4pm-7pm at the event!

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
4-5:00 pm – Crepe Happy Hour!      5:30 pm – Teams begin cooking
6:45 pm – Raffle winners announced!  6:30 pm – Teams stop cooking and present dishes to judges
7:00 pm – Market closes 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! 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