Shelburne Vineyard’s 7th Annual Food and Wine Festival and Food Shelf Benefit will aim once again to fill the coffers of the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf’s pantry for the holiday season.
The event will be held from 11am to 5pm on Saturday, Nov. 7 at Shelburne Vineyard at 6308 Shelburne Road.
Each year for the past six years the vineyard has mounted this festival in November to both support the food shelf and highlight the products of their colleagues in Vermont’s local food and beverage movement. In the past, this one-day event has collected the equivalent of about 3,000 pounds of food for families in need of food assistance.
Once again, Vermont Tent Company has stepped up to help provide a patio tent and heater. With their help, the festival has grown from just a few producers the first year to 14 vendors this year, including Artesano Mead, Earthback Coffee Roasters, Eden Ice Cider, Fairytale Farm Cheeses and many more.
Todd Trzaskos, author of Wines of Vermont: a History of Pioneer Fermentation will also be at the festival signing and selling copies of his book.
Vendors will provide free sampling and will also have their products to sell, making the event an opportunity to shop for the holiday table or to check off items on holiday gift lists. Rather than paying for admission, visitors are simply asked to bring donations of non-perishable food items.
Food shelf staff will be there to welcome visitors, collect donations and share information about the community’s needs and the work being done in Chittenden County to meet those needs. In addition to the food visitors bring, each vendor will contribute a gift item to be raffled off during the day and all raffle proceeds will benefit the food shelf. And just in case people are hungry, The Good Food Truck will be on hand selling locally-produced lunch items with all proceeds benefitting the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf.
Shelburne Vineyard was founded in 1998 and is known for producing award-winning wines from their 17 acres of grapes on sustainably managed vineyards located in Shelburne and nearby Charlotte. For more information about the vineyard and its wines, about gift and gift certificates, wine club, concerts and other events, or to plan your own public or private events, link to www.shelburnevineyard.com or visit Shelburne Vineyard on Facebook.