By Lettie Stratton
Gather round under the big white tent and sample tastes of your favorite local restaurants’ signature dishes—the first ever Taste of Shelburne event is coming to town.
As part of the Shelburne Museum Art and Craft Festival, which runs July 27-29, the Taste of Shelburne will be held Sunday, July 29, from 11:30 am-3 pm at the Shelburne Museum. This year marks the return of the Festival to Shelburne after extensive construction on Route 7 prompted a move to Stowe.
Sage Tucker-Ketcham, director of the Shelburne Craft School, explained that returning to the Shelburne location will make the event more visible and accessible. The Festival is expected to draw 8,000 people for the weekend, including a large population of out-of-staters who flock to Shelburne for the spread of foods from approximately 15 local restaurants and farms such as Barkeaters, Lake View House Restaurant, The Wooden Spoon Bistro, Bueno Appetito, Pauline’s Café and Restaurant, Shelburne Farms, Gadabout Farm, to name a few. “There’s a really good representation of the local restaurants and a great display of Vermont and New England food,” Tucker-Ketcham said.
Tucker-Ketcham said Taste of Shelburne provides good exposure and the possibility of new clientele for these local eateries, who are able to showcase their dishes in a different atmosphere, outside the walls of their respective restaurants. Each vendor gets two banquet tables on which to display their goods. As for the menu, Tucker-Ketcham specifically mentioned the presence of pulled pork sliders and Shelburne Farms’ cheddar and honey, which she predicted would be extremely popular with Festival-goers. There will also be a cash bar with beer and wine under the large tent.
In addition to the Taste of Shelburne, the Shelburne Museum Art and Craft Festival will host 150 local craft vendors, live music (Sunday’s Taste event features Jenny Cianciola on classical piano), the aforementioned beer and wine tent, and live demonstrations of handmade goods using clay, metal, and wood. From hand-thrown pottery to fine jewelry and plenty of activities for kids, there will be something to interest all guests. The Craft School has been providing a place for artistic folks to thrive and educate community members since 1945. This year, 50 percent of proceeds from Taste of Shelburne will go toward the Shelburne Craft School’s educational programs.
Tickets, sold by Shelburne Craft School, are $1 each. Each “taste” is sold for $1-$4, so make sure to save your appetite for the Taste of Shelburne on July 29. For more information about Taste of Shelburne please visit www.theshelburnecraftschool.org.