Vermont Cheesemakers Festival 2016

It’s that time of year again! On Sunday, July 17th, come to Shelburne Farms, just south of Burlington, VT, for the Vermont Cheesemakers Festival, a celebration of all of the amazing producers that call the Green Mountain State home. Other than the American Cheese Society conference, you’ll never find this many Vermont cheesemakers in one location at the same time. In addition to Vermont, there are usually representatives from neighboring states like New York and Massachusetts, which makes this a truly unique opportunity to get a panoramic view of the best of the region’s cheesemaking in just a few hours. Add to that all of the beer, wine, charcuterie, jams and other producers that will be present, the workshops and lectures, and the setting on the gorgeous properties of Shelburne Farms, on the banks of Lake Champlain, to really seal the deal. 

Check out my report from the 2014 festival to get a glimpse of what you might find at this year’s get-down. And get your tickets now, as it’s pretty much guaranteed to sell out every year. 

Vermont Cheesemakers Festival

Vermont is the premium artisanal cheese state with the highest number of cheesemakers per capita: over 40 of them! We invite you to experience our passion for making fine cheeses, taste local and fresh foods and wines, and meet the artisans who make them. Spend a high summer day along the shores of Lake Champlain at the historic Shelburne Farms Coach Barn sampling, buying, learning, and networking. Come and celebrate the season.

Cheesemakers for 2016:
AlpineGlo Farm, Big Picture Farm, Billings Farm & Museum, Blue Ledge Farm, Blythedale Farm, Bonnieview Farm, Boston Post Dairy, Cabot Creamery Cooperative, Champlain Valley Creamery, Cobb Hill Farm, Consider Bardwell Farm, Crowley Cheese Company, Fairy Tale Farm, Franklin Foods, Grafton Village Cheese Company, Hi-Land Farm, Jasper Hill Farm, Karim Farm Creamery, Maplebrook Farm, Midnight Goat Farm, Mountain Home Farm, Mt. Mansfield Creamery, Neighborly Farms, Parish Hill Creamery, Plymouth Artisan Cheese, Sage Farm Goat Dairy, Scholten Family Farm, Shadagee Farm, Shelburne Farms, Spring Brook Farm / Farms for City Kids, Sweet Rowen Farm, Taylor Farm, Thistle Hill Farm, Three Shepherds Cheese, Twig Farm, Vermont Creamery, Vermont Farmstead Cheese, Vermont Shepherd, von Trapp Farmstead, West River Creamery.

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Home sweet home!

We brought the baby to my childhood home on Shelburne Farms. My parents lived there for 25 years, and I will always consider this my home. Friends would swear it was haunted {the ghosts must have liked our family}, and boy was it cold during the winter {my mother was known to wear two pairs of snowpants INDOORS.}. The woods and garden was where we grew up; building tree forts, picking veggies, chasing the cats and dogs, learning how to ride a bike, and trying to use a pogo stick on the gravel road {not successful}.

It was very bittersweet, and my nose got that tingly feeling like I might cry! We’ll definitely visit every summer, and walk through the garden while I tell stories to Drew of growing up there.


Sunset drinks & dinner at the Inn at Shelburne Farms!




Mocktail & summer brew.

Peek at the Inn & it’s beautiful gardens.

Happy husband.

Sunset over Lake Champlain.

Dinner was delicious and such a treat! I can’t tell you the last time we had a 2 hour dinner without the Drew. Of course we talked about him, we had desert, and the husband checked the bball play off score a few times {I couldn’t help but laugh!}. Our waitress was awesome and brought complimentary glasses of sparkling cider to end the meal, so sweet! A fabulous way to celebrate four years of marriage.