June 24th, 2012 by Kelsey Eaton
By Heather Barrett
When: July 6-8
Where: Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa in Stowe, Vermont
Description: Discover Vermont in an entirely new way by soaring through the sky in a hot air balloon with Vermont's highest peak, Mount Mansfield, and the Green Mountains in the background. Now is the time to reserve your hot air balloon ride for the Stoweflake Hot Air Balloon Festival. If you would like to watch more than 25 colorful hot air balloons from the ground, there are a number of other activities to explore. There will be live entertainment, food concessions, a beer garden, craft vendors, and a "Kids Korner." This event has been named a Top 10 Summer Event by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. The event will open at 4 p.m. on Friday, July 6, and kick off with a twilight balloon launch at 6:30 p.m.
When: July 20-21
Where: Waterfront Park in Burlington, Vermont
Description: Do you think of Vermont when you think about craft beer? Well, Shermans Travel does, because they named Burlington, Vermont the 4th top city for beer lovers in the world! In the United States, Vermont has more breweries per capita than any other state according the Brewers Association. So, for you beer lovers, Vermont has an event for you! Over 40 craft beer brewers will celebrate the 20th Anniversary Vermont Brewers Festival on the shores of Lake Champlain.
When: July 20-22
Where: Killington, Vermont
Description: Wine enthusiasts, save the date for the Killington Wine Festival this July. Spend a relaxing weekend in Killington, Vermont, while participating in a variety of wine focused events. The signature event, the Grand Tasting, will happen on Saturday starting at 12-noon, where you can choose from over 450 wines from 40 wineries.
When: July 22
Where: Shelburne Farms in Shelburne, Vermont
Description: Here's another event for your taste buds! It's the 4th Annual Vermont Cheesemakers Festival. Want to know a fun fact about Vermont? Vermont is the premium artisanal cheese state with the highest number of cheesemakers per capita: over 40 of them! At this Vermont event there will be over 200 cheeses to sample and purchase from over 40 cheese makers. There will be an additional 20 artisan food producers, and 20 wineries and breweries. Is your mouth watering yet? The event will also feature a number of educational seminars, a cooking show, and a cheesemaking demonstration. Shelburne Farms is an ideal setting for the event where additional activities include walking trails, wagon rides and a farmyard for children. A big part of Vermont Woods Studios reason for existence and our main mission is forest conservation. So we would like to point out that Shelburne Farms manages about 400 acres of woodlands filled with all types of beneficial trees. Their sustainable forest provides heating fuel for their buildings, lumber for wood products and habitat for wildlife. We applaud their "green forestry" practices and environmental stewardship!
When: July 27-29
Where: Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont
Description: After a 6 year hiatus, the Art and Craft Festival has returned to the Shelburne Museum. This event will have over 150 artists and artisans with a variety of media. This family-friendly event will also include kids' activities, craft demonstrations, live entertainment, and food. This is a great opportunity to experience Vermont culture, buy local products, and enjoy delicious food.
Heather Barrett is a Marketing Assistant at Vermont Woods Studios, an online furniture gallery which showcases Vermont's finest wood furniture. Follow our blog to learn about Vermont fine furniture, Vermont happenings, our mission, and our team.
June 30th, 2011 by Dennis Shanoff
Looking for things to do in Vermont this July? There are always a bunch of fun summer things to do in Vermont but if you are looking for some organized themed events let me run some of the more “tasty” ones by you!
The first event on tap (pun intended!) brings the Vermont’s Brewers Festival. Here you will find 40 craft beer brewers not only from Vermont but from New York, New Hampshire, Mass, Maine, California, Ottawa and Quebec as well. Each summer and fall New England hosts dozens of brew festivals but this one up in Burlington is tops. And here’s some interesting Vermont beer trivia… MSNBC listed Burlington, VT as the best city in the US for beer lovers and according to the Brewers Association’s Vermont has more breweries per capita than any other state!
Ok, here we go again… well it seems that Vermont is also the premium artisanal cheese state with the highest number of cheesemakers per capita: over 40 of them! Who knew! So now you must be wondering when the Cheese fesitval is and this one is hard to resist! Check out the Vermont Cheesmakers Festival held at Shelburne Farms. And it’s not just cheese, but also 20 of Vermonts breweries and wineries plus 15 artisan food producers. This farm is an ideal setting for the event where additional activities include walking trails, wagon rides and a farmyard for children. A big part of Vermont Woods Studios reason for exsistance and our main mission is forest conservation. So we would like to point out that Shelburne Farms manages about 400 acres of woodlands filled with all types of beneficial trees. Their sustainable forest provides heating fuel for their buildings, lumber for wood products and habitat for wildlife. We applaud their "green forestry" practices and environmental stewardship!
How about dessert? There is always room for dessert, right? Head up to the Deerfield Valley Blueberry Festival. This is a 10 day event starting in late July with dozens of “Blue” themed events across the area. In addition to all things blueberry there will be vintage cars, music and plenty of great food. Head over to the Mount Snow Valley Chamber of Commerce in Wilmington to see all the fun happenings.
If you are looking for an “all under one roof” type of event (and in this case under a big tent!) The Taste of Stowe Arts Festival is a unique event which offers a market for artisan crafts, original art, music, and an array of gourmet eats. It’s one of Vermont’s many excellent handcrafts events. There is plenty to see at this festival and it’s a great way to support local handcrafted products.
So that’s a rundown of some of the main Vermont events this July. We hope you get to experience and enjoy some of the sights, sounds, and tastes of Vermont this summer!
Vermont Vacation photo courtesy of WilloughVale Inn and Cottages
Vermont Brewers Festival Illustration courtesy of The Vermont Brewer's Association
Vermont Artisan Cheese photo courtesy of the Vermont Institute for Artisan Cheese