Essex Junction, Vermont; January 26-28

For agricultural professionals and rural homeowners, the Vermont Farm Show is the best opportunity to meet with vendors, preview products and machinery, attend trade association meetings and seminars, and network within the greater agricultural community all under the same roof.

This midwinter break holds wide appeal for the general public. Family friendly with tractors, the latest innovations in equipment, agricultural products and information on display, there is something for everyone at the Farm Show. Products, contests, and everything ranging from Christmas trees to yarn, syrup and hay have always been an important part of this event.

Each year, young and old alike flock to Wednesday’s Consumer Night to see, taste and buy the best of Vermont during the Buy Local Market. The Capital Cook-off allows Legislative and Agency personnel the opportunity to create a signature dish utilizing fresh local ingredients from the market during a timed competition. Plan to pull up a chair and watch the hands-on preparation and judging.

The Vermont Farm Show is many different things to our diverse rural population. As J.E. Carrigan, Dean of the UVM College of Agriculture stated in 1956, “We believe this event has been very profitable to Vermont farmers, not only from an educational standpoint, but also because it stimulated a great many to improve their practices and to profit accordingly.”

2016 Consumer Night

Come celebrate the diversity of Vermont’s agricultural products at the 5th annual Consumer Night at the Vermont Farm Show. On the second night of the farm show, attendees will have the opportunity to attend the Buy Local Market where they can learn about, sample and purchase a broad range of products made within the state. Attendees will also have the opportunity to watch state Representatives, Senators and employees of the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets compete in the annual Capital Cook-off – an Iron-chef style cooking challenge. Farm Show patrons can enter the main entrance and head towards the Blue Ribbon Pavilion at the Champlain Valley Expo Center starting at 4 p.m.

The Buy Local Market gives 56 Vermont producers the opportunity to engage with new customers through sampling and conversation. As well it provides customers a unique time to learn about new products and purchase goods from around the state. At the market, one can find ice creams, cheeses, wines, beers, meats, fruits, vegetables, maple syrups, honeys, and more. A number of vendors also specialize in handmade crafts, like textiles, candles and jewelry – For the first time, prepared foods vendors will be able to participate – all the best products under one roof.

The Capital Cook-off will begin with the unveiling of the evening’s local ingredients. The cooking challenge continues until at which point the contestants must submit their dishes for review by a panel of judges. The Agency is excited to announce a vendor scavenger hunt open to all Consumer Night attendees. Those who complete the scavenger hunt will be entered to win the final seat on the esteemed judging panel that includes area restaurant owners, chefs and public officials.

Event highlights and winners will be announced live on WCAX during the evening news, but don’t miss the opportunity to sample and learn about Vermont’s products in person – perhaps even pick up a recipe or two from the Capital Cook-off winners!