Held each summer on the grounds of beautiful Shelburne Farms in Shelburne, Vermont, the
brings together the very best of Green Mountain cheesemakers, artisanal producers, bakers, brewers, and so much more! As event sponsor, Vermont Cheesemakers Festival Yankee Magazine was on hand for this year’s festival (with a team that included yours truly) to help celebrate the region’s many tempting culinary offerings, plus lead a cooking demo using (what else?) Vermont cheese! It was a wonderful and delicious day.
Here’s a look at this year’s VT Cheesemakers Festival in photographs, from starting the day with breakfast at a nearby B&B to ending it with a late-afternoon cocktail overlooking Lake Champlain.
This year’s VT Cheesemakers Festival experience started with leisurely and delicious breakfast at the inviting Heart of the Village Inn in charming “downtown” Shelburne, Vermont. Innkeepers Anatoly and Rose Polyakov could not have been more welcoming. Photo Credit : Aimee Seavey Blueberry pancakes and warm maple syrup alongside herbed potatoes to kick off a long day of even more eating? Why not?! Photo Credit : Aimee Seavey No great photos are taken from behind a car window, but this shot gives you the best look at the VT Cheesemakers Festival’s plum location at Shelburne Farms, just steps from beautiful Lake Champlain. Photo Credit : Aimee Seavey Welcome to another VT Cheese Fest — say cheese! Photo Credit : Aimee Seavey Festival-goers begin sampling straight away in the festival’s main entrance tent. Photo Credit : Aimee Seavey Behind the Yankee table, we partnered with the folks at Kenyon Grills to serve up “The Ultimate Vermont Burger.” Photo Credit : Aimee Seavey The “Ultimate Vermont Burger” was complimentary to festival attendees thanks to a delicious array of donated products. The Vermont Beef Council and South Dakota Beef Council provided the beef, Shelburne Farms the cheddar cheese, and the Vermont Bread Company the slider buns. Pick-your-own mustards and chutneys from Green Mountain Mustard and Wozz! Kitchen Creations added zip and even more flavor. Photo Credit : Aimee Seavey When you’re serving complimentary and delicious sliders, you should expect a busy day. This was the shortest line I saw at the Kenyon tent all day! Photo Credit : Aimee Seavey Inside the multiple tents, local cheesemakers display samples of their tastiest varieties. It’s best to bring an insulated cooler to the VT Cheesemakers Festival, if possible, so you can stock up and keep your purchases cool throughout the day. Photo Credit : Aimee Tucker Beautiful, beautiful cheeses! Photo Credit : Aimee Tucker I can never resist a familiar favorite like Cabot Creamery! I especially love all 4 flavors in their recent Farmers’ Legacy Collection. Photo Credit : Aimee Seavey Red Kite candy, a 2014 Food Awards winner for toffee, is a Yankee favorite. This year’s caramel flavor samples included chai and maple. Yum. Photo Credit : Aimee Seavey I cannot resist the bright and sweet packaging and amazing flavors of Blake Hill Preserves, another 2014 Food Awards winner. It’s also always a treat to chat with Blake Hill’s warm and welcoming Vicky Allard. Photo Credit : Aimee Seavey Part of Yankee‘s involvement at this year’s event included a demonstration of recipes featured in the May/June 2016 issue. Here, senior food editor Amy Traverso reviews the recipes before the demo alongside author (and cheesemaker) Allison Hooper of Vermont Creamery. Photo Credit : Aimee Tucker We couldn’t pull of our food demos at the VT Cheesemakers Festival without the help of the wonderful and talented New England Culinary Institute staff! Here they’re helping prepare samples of Herbed Watermelon Salad. Photo Credit : Aimee Seavey Herbed Watermelon Salad with Fresh Goat Cheese. Photo Credit : Aimee Seavey A well-fed audience is a happy audience! Photo Credit : Aimee Seavey This year’s festival included a food truck from Bluebird Barbecue, based in Burlington, Vermont. Photo Credit : Aimee Seavey And, of course, sweet samples from Vermont favorite King Arthur Flour. Photo Credit : Aimee Tucker One of my favorite parts of the Vermont Cheesemakers’ Festival is ending the day with a trek up to the Inn at Shelburne Farms to enjoy the view of Lake Champlain from its welcoming lawn. Photo Credit : Aimee Tucker Inside, there’s a gorgeous old library and bar — the perfect place to grab a cocktail. Photo Credit : Aimee Seavey Who wouldn’t want a beverage from this setup?! Photo Credit : Aimee Seavey Views of Lake Champlain from the Inn at Shelburne Farms. The perfect way to end the day! Photo Credit : Aimee Seavey
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