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After two years away, we’re excited to bring back the best dinner of the summer. And what better way to reconnect with everyone than by enjoying a meal together prepared by our local chefs with food grown and raised by our farmers. In recognition of industry-wide restaurant staffing challenges, $25 of each ticket sold goes directly to the restaurant teams making and delivering the farm-fresh food for this fundraising event.

Join us at the Vermont Fresh Network's 24th Annual Forum Dinner! For one special evening, farmers and chefs from all across Vermont gather on the shores of Lake Champlain to prepare a sensational meal for you and fellow food enthusiasts.

The Vermont Fresh Network is a member-based non-profit with a social mission. Not only is this event a way to feature and celebrate some of our members, but this grazing farm-to-table dinner is a fundraiser for the Network — all proceeds go to continuing programming that helps bring more Vermont grown and raised food to the table. Join as a Supporting Member of VFN and receive discounted tickets on this and other events for the next year, details here. Members enter discount code at checkout.

Schedule for the Evening:

5:00 - Doors Open to Guests

5:00 to 6:00 - Vermont Artisanal Products Tasting & Cocktail Hour

  • Taste some of the most innovative and delicious new culinary treasures created by Vermont food artisans.
  • Celebrate the dedication of Vermont’s new wave of cidermakers, winemakers, brewers, and distillers as they share tastes of their varied creations (along with non-alcoholic beverages).
  • Enjoy live music.

5:00 to 7:30 - Silent Auction

  • Bid on Vermont food and farm experience packages, from romantic getaways at country inns to feasts for a group of friends, in our popular Silent Auction.

6:00 to 8:00 - Grazing Dinner

  • Enjoy the bounty of local products grown and raised by Vermont’s farmers and highlighted in delectable offerings by the state’s finest chefs - it is a dinner like no other.

7:30 - Vote for Best Bite & Best Sip

7:30 to 8:00 - Ice Cream Social with Strafford Organic Creamery

Useful Notes:

  • Please bring a photo ID, you will be carded in order to sample alcohol.
  • We have a number of fantastic offerings for a silent auction fundraiser at the event this year - come prepared to participate! Checks are preferred, credit card payments are also accepted.
  • There is no ATM on the property.
  • This is a rain or shine event.
  • Sorry, no refunds.
  • Weather permitting, parking will be on the field in front of the Coach Barn.
  • Attire is summer dressy casual.
  • No dogs are allowed on Shelburne Farms property.

Thank You to our Sponsors:

Our host for 24 years, Shelburne Farms.

Affiliate PartnersFarrell DistributingFoley ServicesVermont First/Sodexo

Gold: Shelburne Farms, Community National Bank,Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets, The Essex Culinary Resort and Spa

Silver: Black River Produce, Front Porch Forum

Bronze: City Market/Onion River Co-op, Vermont Creamery, Vermont Farm to Plate, UVM Extension

Looking for more great food experiences?

Check out our sister site for a guide to exploring Vermont farms, food artisans, eateries, and special events across the state and throughout the year.

Venue Information

Shelburne Farms Coach Barn
1611 Harbor Road
Shelburne , VT 05482
(802) 434-2000

Organizer Information

Vermont Fresh Network

PO Box 895
Richmond, VT 05477
(802) 434-2000

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