Bask in the bounty of Vermont
Imagine yourself surrounded by mountains of cherry red, yellow ochre, and robust orange, the crisp chill of September on your cheeks. Bluegrass bands and brass orchestras play in the distance, and at your fingertips are Vermont-made wines, cheeses, specialty foods, art, and crafts.
Sound good? If so, check out Mount Snow Valley's 1st Vermont Life Wine & Harvest Festival.
"Vermont Life Magazine conducted a survey of its subscribers in 2007 and found that 95.5 percent of its readers are Foodies - people who enjoy the finer things in life, appreciate high quality foods, wine, and other products," said Tom Kelly, the magazine's publisher.
The festival begins Friday night with Welcome to Vermont BBQ and Bluegrass, featuring the Stockwell Brothers band, and finishes strong with Sunday morning's Indigenous Vermonter Breakfast, featuring products made from central Vermont's own smokehouse, Vermont Smoke and Cure.
Festival-goers will have the opportunity to meet and speak with chefs and farmers, and visit with artisans showing pottery, paintings, photography, and jewelry.
Five local inns will host special wine-pairing dinners, highlighting local ingredients, seasonal fare, and samples from Vermont vintners.
Vermont Life Wine & Harvest Festival, Mount Snow Valley, Wilmington, Vt. Sept. 26-28. Pricing for specific events from $5, to $40 for a weekend pass. 802-464-8092, thevermontfestival.com.