Flavors of the Valley 2017!
UV Edible Explorations's annual visit to the most amazing food festival in the area!
This past Sunday I got to go to one of the Upper Valley's annual events that I look forward to most every year, the Flavors of the Valley food festival, hosted by Vital Communities. Every year many of the region's best food producers and restaurants come out to this event to raise awareness of what the valley has to offer, and every year the result is nothing short of amazing. This year was no different. I even got to finally sample some of Cedar Mountain Farms's andouille, which I found quite worthy of the name.
Many of the mainstays were there, Trukenbrod bakery had samples of their bread, and the ever delightful Vermont Farmstead Cheese was there too, as well as Cobb Hill Cheese, Wood's Cider Mill, and the Upper Valley co-op, recurring favorites that never disappoint. So many wonderful places, you can find the list at Valley Food & Farm on Vital Communities's site here.
And so many more. I tried to stop everywhere, as I always do, and it was a daunting task. The turnout was astounding this year, I can't remember having seen it so crowded.
Here are some of the highlights of this year's featured participants:
Fun little display at the entrance
So wonderful to see so many people engaged!
Flora/Fauna Farm spinning wheel demonstration
Griddle and Groovy. These people somehow managed to completely escape my notice until this day. Amazing mac and cheese, definitely something to seek out again.
Demonstration of the effects of erosion patterns by Ottaquechee Natural Resources Conservation District, these folks are at Flavors every year and I always check them out
Sign at their booth. Did I mention that I love the Piecemeal Pies folks?
I've been a fan of Willing Hands for years now. Among other things, they take produce that retailers would have discarded and distribute it to people in need.
Hogwash Farms with some delicious slow cooker butter chicken. I grabbed a copy of the recipe for later use.
Hartford Career and Technology Center's Culinary Arts department. As a former Culinary Arts student myself, I support such things.
Bickford Homestead cheese where I picked up some of their astounding and complex cloth bound cheddar
Angry Goat Pepper Company. I am a very devoted lifetime chilehead who has sampled dozens of hot sauces and in my opinion they are one of the best hot sauce creators out there.
Lebanon Diner-one of my favourite places to go for breakfast. Always a pleasure to see them here.
New arrivals Trail Break Taps & Tacos offering a preview of what's to be found in their upcoming White River Junction creation. I naturally had to try a sample taco. Verdict: very nice indeed!
Mac's Maple's Maple Cotton Candy!!!
Jams and more from Thompson Goat Farm
Root 5 Farm's Powerkraut. i have a friend from Germany who likes their products. Very high praise indeed.
At the co-op food store's booth I got to engage their new dietitian, Hannah Brilling, in conversation. Very nice to make that connection as I'd had extensive interaction with her predecessor Mary Choate regarding special diet planning and possible career aspirations on my part.
As usual, I made many new discoveries and also reconnected with some much loved familiar sources. Flavours of the Valley is always worth going to. Thank you, Vital Communities, for making this possible.
UV Edible Explorations signing off for now.