Vermont Wine & Harvest Festival 2017
The Deerfield Valley in Southern Vermont is the proud host of the 10th Annual Wine and Harvest Festival. Thousands of people join in on the experience and each year it continues to grow.
Imagine being in the heart of a quaint New England town, draped in rolling landscapes, dipped in crisp foliage colors and cool mountain air. Now top that off with locally sourced wines, cheeses, chocolates and coffee teasing your palette. All the while getting to meet the local artists and crafters and having the chance to discover or rediscover the beauty of Vermont in all its glory.
Do you have your tickets yet?!
Friday September 22nd, the festival kicks off with its wine stroll in Wilmington. Each admission will allow participants to enjoy wine tastings paired with area restaurants’ entries for the soup contest. A relaxing stroll through historic downtown with great wines and local soups throughout – that’s just the beginning.
The very next day, at the base of Mount Snow, there are over 70 vendors. Some will be pouring wines and spirits, including Honora Winery, North Branch Vineyards, Caledonia Spirits, Vermont Spirits Distillery, Whistle Pig and many more!
Others will be displaying their paintings, woodworking, and jewelry. This year, 802 Coffee will be there to keep you warm and energized! Want to see in advance which vendors will be there? Click here to keep current.
Live music will be provided by local entertainers, playing everything from blues to rock and folk. We welcome back the Legato Blues Band, Janet Ryan, and Groove Prophet.
Take a break from the tents while you’re there and opt for a ride up in the Bluebird Lift at Mount Snow where you can check out the scenery and enjoy the beauty of the Valley from atop the mountain.
Where do I stay? Well, fortunately for festival attendants, the area offers up all kinds of lodging options and all are within a perfect distance to the event. Whether you’re looking for a condo for rent, a hotel room, a ski lodge with a view, a downtown inn or a quiet B&B, you’re covered! Some of these options include dining facilities onsite, but others don’t. So be sure checkout all the great places to dine out as this is part of the true Valley experience!
There are also multiple wine pairing dinners that take place in the course of the festival weekend. These tickets are purchased separately and sell out quickly! Keep an eye out for the official times and places these occur by checking out the schedule.
This year, the Great Waiter Race will be making its debut on Sunday, September 24th along Route 100 on the Valley Trail. More info to come as this event comes together. But, it’s sure to be a great time full of laughs and memories in the making.
If you’re looking for something a little slower paced to bring the weekend to a close, you’re not going to want to miss the exciting and informative Southern Vermont Natural History Museum’s presentation of live birds of prey at the mountain. Come meet the different birds, as well as their forest companions. Last year's featured guests included a wolf and fisher cat! This is a fun-for-all-ages event, and is educational as well!
The Vermont Wine and Harvest Festival has new events, vendors, and specials every year, so be sure to check the official site often and watch the updates roll in!
Remember, tickets are available online now, and buying them in advance saves you money and time when you check in. Cheers, and here’s to another great year for the Vermont Wine and Harvest Festival.
Guest Blogger: Amy Powling-Durocher
Author of "Because I'm Mommy"
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