“Smaller, diverse farms are growing quickly in Vermont,” explained owner Nick Cowles. “We’re so pleased to host this moment in time that celebrates some more established as well as newer farmers and food producers,” he continued. The festival showcases prepared foods, live local music, tractor hayrides, pick-your-own apples, rope-making demonstrations, a hay bale maze for the kids, face painting, tractor petting zoo, a picnic table raffle, hula hoopers, and other family-friendly activities.
The entrance fee to the Food Fest is $5 per person and free for those under the age of 6.5 or over 65. Farm vendors may charge for the specialty foods they’ve prepared. Donations of nonperishable foods will be collected for local food shelves. Suggested items include tuna, peanut butter, soup, cereal, canned fruits and vegetables, and canned meat.
For more information about the 12th Annual Food Fest, please call 985-2753 or visit www.shelburneorchards.com.