Savor the Season Locally

 

November has arrived in full swing, and we have gathered some festive local activities to warm up these colder days. It is time to mark your busy holiday calendars, but remember to be mindful of keeping it local and simple. Look no further than our own backyard in beautiful Shelburne, Vermont!

First up, here is a perfect day out after the big Thanksgiving celebration. Shelburne Museum is holding their “Deck the Halls” holiday event starting the weekend of Friday, November 27 and again from December 5-6. Feast on the exhibits to the sounds of live music, enjoy their special holiday art activities, and take a lively horse and wagon ride. You are warming up nicely already!

What better way to get into the holiday spirit and support local business than a traditional evening holiday stroll in Shelburne on Friday, December 4. After the tree-lighting and caroling, stop in for mulled wine while finding that perfect culinary gift at Chef Contos Kitchen and Store. Now that is a brilliant recipe for a local holiday.

Treat yourself while checking off your gift list at the Shelburne Vineyard Pop up Holiday Market on Saturday, December 12.  This is a full immersion of local goodies to give and savor in one festive location.

May your days be warm and bright!

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Celebrate the Holidays Shelburne-Style!

‘Tis the season for incredible holiday festivals, tastings and of course, shopping. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorites. Check them out.. and add them to your list of must-see for a festive holiday season!

The holiday season isn’t complete without a horse-drawn sleigh ride at Shelburne Farms!

Starting on Saturday, December 20, you can enjoy a 20-minute horse-drawn sleigh ride from the Welcome Center. Seats are first-come, first-served. And of course, all the sleigh rides are weather permitting. You can learn more on their website.

Starting on December 5, Shelburne Museum has three days of incredible events that are sure to please everyone on your list. From an Ornament Making Party, to the joyous sounds of local musicians, and a showing of the holiday classic A Christmas Story. Plus the little ones can make their very own winter-themed sock puppet and candy cane mouse! Visit the CelebratetheHolidays page for the complete Deck the Halls schedule.

 

Give your taste buds a culinary ride with Shelburne Museum’s TASTE! The Art of Food on December 11.

Bring your appetites for a gastronomic gala of Vermont’s most excellent cuisine. This two-hour tasting will feature an array of chefs, restaurateurs, brewers, bakers, and hash slingers who will be serving up their finest bites for a chance to be crowned “Best TASTE!” by event attendees.

Participants include Pascolo Ristorante, Fiddlehead Brewing Company, The Skinny Pancake, Juniper Bar & Restaurant, Queen City Brewery, LLC, Prohibition Pig, Caledonia Spirits, A Single Pebble, Shelburne Vineyard, Waterfront Deli & Catering, Citizen Cider, my little cupcake and The Essex, Vermont’s Culinary Resort and Spa!

 

Don’t forget an opportunity to sharpen your culinary skills this holiday season. Chef Courtney Contos offers a variety of classes at her store. From Holiday Cookie Swaps to Cook the Book: Bar Tartine. Check out her selection of classes (and post-holiday too).

Happy Holidays from all of us at The Vermont Artisan Village!

 

 

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You’re in Good Company: Shelburne’s Food Artisans

Not only is Shelburne home to iconic Vermont brands (Vermont Teddy Bear and Shelburne Farms, to name two); our quiet town is home to a strong, and growing, community of hard-working, passionate artisans. They do things by hand, they follow their hearts and they produce incredible products. Here are some to check out.

Studio Cacao Chocolatier

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photo courtesy of Bijou Fine Chocolate

Kevin and Laura Toohey, with their son Ronen, make each and every chocolate truffle by hand here in Shelburne. In fact, Studio Cacao was the first tenant to join Vermont Artisan Village back in 2012. Kevin, a trained chef, recently returned from a week at the L’Ecole du Grand Chocolat in New York City excited to tweak his silky-smooth truffle. “When a truffle is made properly,” he told us “it is super light and carries flavors well. I want you to bite into one of our truffles and get a real burst of flavor.” Sounds great to us! Toohey is currently at work perfecting a fleur de sel caramel and truffles infused with rose geranium. Check Studio Cacao out online and in the Burlington Town Center Mall on Church Street.

Folino’s Pizza

Photo courtesy Seven Days

Photo courtesy Seven Days

Folino’s Pizza, housed in a shared space with the award-winning craft brewer Fiddlehead Brewing Company, has a simple mission: To Make the Best Pizza. Fresh dough is made daily and shaped, by hand, into pizzas scattered with simple toppings. Every pie is baked in a 1000-degree brick oven to bubbly, charred-crust perfection. Wait! Before you take that first bite, don’t forget to grab a growler of Fiddlehead’s funky, citrusy IPA.

Chef Contos Kitchen & Store

Chef Courtney Contos is a Chicagoan by birth, a chef and a consultant who has worked with Charlie Trotter and Martha Stewart. She recently opened a kitchen store in town where she sells a curated selection of cool stuff for the kitchen and home and hosts cooking classes. We hear that she recently hosted an Apple Cake Cook-Off and Fall Party. She makes us excited about food and is a vibrant personality. Plus, she’s launching a culinary tours business and has one of the best foodie Instagram feeds around.

Shelburne Vineyard

 

Located across the street from Vermont Artisan Village is Shelburne Vineyard, a pioneer in the Vermont wine industry. Shelburne Vineyard harvests almost 20 acres of grapes every year to produce award-winning wines like their Marquette, made from a red grape cultivated to thrive in cold-climates like ours. The Vineyard practices sustainable agriculture. The Winery is open seven days a week for tastings and tours. We’ll often pick up a bottle of Marquette and a few pizzas from Folino’s to bring home for dinner.

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photo courtesy of Cricket Radio Linen

Cricket Radio Linen
Elizabeth Archangeli and Angie Lizotte are the designers behind Cricket Radio Linen, which makes beautiful linens and other gorgeous goods like pillows, aprons and the most adorable baby onesies! We are thrilled to have Cricket Radio onsite at Vermont Artisan Village. Their products provide a beautiful backdrop for beautiful food. Cricket Radio’s designs are influenced by Indonesian batiks, vintage Americana and rural Vermont and have a decidedly Martha Stewart-meets-etsy flair (no surprise, they were finalists last year in Martha Stewart’s American Made Awards).

Shelburne Country Store

This country store, right off the Shelburne Green, dates back to 1859. Like any good country store, the Shelburne Country Store has anything and everything, including rubber duckie stickers, Bite Me boxer shorts, maple candy, handmade bracelets, scarves and authentic Vermont beef jerky. The collection, and store, is managed by Steve and Deb Mayfield.

What are some of your favorite Shelburne-and-area artisans? Please check out our Facebook page and share your ideas there.

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