This Sunday was Vital Communities's annual Flavors of the Valley food festival, an event that I always make a point to attend. Each year features a host of returning favourites and a number of impressive new discoveries from local food producers, restaurants, and related community-based organizations, all showing what an abundance of resources and options we have here in the Upper Valley. You can find a full list of the vendors for this year here
Let's look at the day's turnout and give you a sampling of what was to be had...
White River Junction's own Sunrise Farm with their wonderful produce and eggs.
Flavors of the Valley mainstay Vermont Farmstead
had some new stuff to offer, including a beer cheddar made with Heady Topper! I snatched up some of that and some of their hot pepper tilsit.
Griddle and Groovy, purveyors of the best of grilled cheese sandwiches and some of the best mac and cheese ever. I'll definitely be making a point to catch them at the Lebanon Farmer's Market
D'Acres Farm had some very pretty decorated eggs on display at their table.
creamery, relative newcomers to Flavors of the Valley, had milk to sample, including chocolate milk and coffee milk. I was quite taken with the coffee milk's extremely well-balanced flavours.
Hanover's Skinny Pancake
was there, offering delicious sweet and savoury crepes.
One of the standouts for me was newcomer Sweet Doe Dairy with their goat milk gelato. An amazing debut, this was my "If I could only buy one thing" item. Very highly recommended!
Although I do focus primarily on the food here, how could I not take a free viola home?
, where I do a lot of my grocery shopping, are always well represented here
I was turned on to Zero Waste living fairly recently by formerly-local Youtuber Samantha White
. It was great to see the concept making an appearance here, with the handing out of compostable spoons and cups for attendees.
I finally tried some of Vegetaballs
's pesto and now have no idea why I didn't before. Shall definitely pick some of this up next time that I go shopping. Excellent flavour balance and less heavy than many pre-made pestos.
Mainstays Trukenbrod. I can't imagine buying pumpernickel from any other bread maker
Little something to entertain the kids...
Norwich Farm Creamery
handing out samples of delicious yogurt that reminded me of my mom;s home made yogurt
One of our most prestigious culinary institutions, King Arthur Flour
, hardly needs an introduction.
It's always a true pleasure for me to attend, see what old favourites have to offer and see what new vendors have appeared. Once again, I am grateful to Vital Communities for making this wonderful event possible.
UV Edible Explorations signing off.