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9th Annual Consumer Night at the Vermont Farm Show | Champlain Valley Expo

Champlain Valley Expo, 105 Pearl St
Essex, VT 05452

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Alissa Matthews
802-505-1661

Celebrate the diversity of Vermont Agriculture on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 from 4:00pm to 7pm at the 9th Annual Consumer Night at the Champlain Valley Expo.

Open on the second night of the Vermont 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! 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!

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-packaged and ready-to-eat prepared foods so come hungry!

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 (last year’s victors!), Senators, and Agency of Agriculture staff. 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 2020 Capital Cook-Off winners at 6:45pm.

For more information about Consumer Night, contact:
Alissa Matthews, (802) 505-1661, alissa.matthews@vermont.gov

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