Taste of Montpelier Food Festival
Saturday, September 11, 2021
The premiere Taste of Montpelier will bring the best of Vermont’s culinary scene to the heart of its capital city. The Taste of Montpelier promises to be unique among its peers: seamlessly integrated into a downtown, with events that appeal to foodies and families alike and world-class entertainment paired with world-class food. Proceeds benefit the Vermont Food Bank and Montpelier Alive! Free admission.
Capital City Farmers Market, 9am-1pm, 133 State Street
Stop by the Capital City Farmers Market, named one of the best in New England by Yankee Magazine, and see how much Vermont has to offer! Founded in 1977, the Capital City Farmers Market has been bringing local producers and customers from near and far together to create this eclectic community event for 40 years. Over 50 vendors sell locally grown and made products, unique to Vermont and astounding in quality. Fresh vegetables and fruits, quality meats, specialty cheeses, artisan bread, baked goods, ethnic foods, herbs, plants, flowers, arts and crafts, honey and maple syrup…the list goes on and on.
Feast of Fools, presented by Vermont Creamery, 2-5pm, State Street from Main to Elm and Throughout Town
Stroll the streets of Montpelier and enjoy a taste of our amazing restaurants! Purchase your tasting tickets online or at the Festival Booth on State Street. Redeem your tickets at each restaurant for small plates showcasing Montpelier’s culinary offerings. On State Street, you’ll find even more culinary delights, including food truck favorites and artisans showcasing the best Vermont food products (with free samples!). Don’t forget to vote for your favorite bite to win the Best of Montpelier Award!
The State Street Festival Grounds will also feature comfortable seating, world-class entertainment curated by artistic director Woody Keppel, founder of Burlington’s Festival of Fools, and two bars highlighting local spirits and craft beers - one hosted by Barr Hill and one by Three Penny Taproom.
Enjoy performances by The Red Trouser Show (featuring a never-before-seen combination of precision acrobatics paired with daring feats, such as knife and fire juggling, and a breathtaking final act that ends high in the air), Modern Times Theater (featuring puppet shows, novelty music, and Vaudeville acts), What Cheer Brigade (a 14-piece brass band!), and more!
Community Picnic, presented by Community National Bank, 5-7:30pm, State House Lawn
Join us for a community celebration on the State House Lawn. Purchase a picnic basket from one of our participating Montpelier restaurants, fill up a basket from the Feast of Fools Vendors on State Street, or bring your own picnic. Enjoy live music from Inner Fire District and What Cheer Brigade that is sure to get you up dancing on your picnic blanket!
After-Party, presented by Barr Hill, 7:30-10pm, Barr Hill Distillery, 116 Gin Lane
Keep the party going at the Barr Hill Distillery, where you can enjoy land-crafted cocktails and live music from Inner Fire District. Inner Fire District was founded in Burlington in 2006 and performs a compelling amalgam of Eastern-European folk, intricate originals, and songs of revolution. Its core sound features accordion, clarinet, drums, bass and guitar.