Two of the summer's most anticipated food and beverage events happen within one week of each other! On July 16th the Vermont Cheesemakers Festival comes to Shelburne Farms bringing Vermont's world-famous cheesemakers together under one roof (or tent, rather) to sample hundreds of new and classic styles surrounded by beverage and specialty food artisans to complement. The following weekend, July 21st and 22nd, is the Vermont Brewers Festival in Burlington where thousands of beer lovers pilgrimage to the craft beer mecca that is the Green Mountain State.
Come for the festivals, stay for the tasting trails.
Whatever your preference, we have a trail for you!
Vermont Beer, Wine & Cider ♥ Vermont Cheese
These tasting rooms are featuring Vermont cheeses to pair with their artisan beverages July 15th - 23rd.
Taste: Citizen Cider + Champlain Triple Creme, Grafton 2 year Cheddar & Jasper Hill's Bayley Hazen Blue
In Burlington for the Brewers Fest - lucky you! Drink. All. The. Beer. Don't sleep, however, on Vermont's incredible trail-blazing craft cider movement. Citizen Cider has been leading the American cider revolution since 2011 and their tasting room in Burlington is the best hang. Eat cheese, drink cider and explore Burlington's Pine Street on this trail.
Follow: The Shelburne Trail
Taste: Four Shelburne Vineyard Wines paired exquisitely with a rotating selection of Vermont Cheeses
Shelburne, Vermont - it's unbelievable that a town so small could be packed with so much to do. Shelburne Farms (home of the Vermont Cheesemakers Festival) and Shelburne Museum are extraordinary destinations but Shelburne Vineyard and across the street neighbor Fiddlehead Brewery attract droves of their own. Visit to drink wine paired with exceptional Vermont cheeses, surrounded by the vineyards where the grapes were grown.
Taste: Drop-In Brewery Beer + Taylor Farms Maple Smoked Gouda
Headed North on Route 7 on your way to Shelburne or Burlington? Don't miss a stop at Drop-In Brewery on your way! Middlebury is a scenic town full of flavor and Drop-In Brewery is a leader in the craft beer movement, after-all it's the permanent home of the American Brewers Guild – the nation’s premier brewing school for the craft brewing industry.
Follow: The Scenic Vermont Trail
Taste: Boyden Valley Wines + Gourmet Vermont Cheese Board featuring a rotating selection of cheeses including Vermont Creamery, Cabot, Blythedale Farm, Bridport Creamery, Sweet Rowan Farmstead, Hildene Farm, Sage Farm Goat Dairy, Cellar at Jasper Hill, Green Mountain Blue Cheese & Von Trapp
Here in Vermont, we highly encourage you to take the scenic route. Escape for an afternoon, or even tack an extra day on your trip and head to Boyden Winery in Cambridge. Less than an hours drive from Burlington, Cambridge boasts some of the most beautiful views in the state -- and you can drive over Smugglers Notch and through Stowe on your way back to town.