Vermont Business Magazine The Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Vermont Convention Bureau, and the Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation (GBIC) announced Monday that they will host the Fourteenth Annual Taste of Vermont Reception in Washington, DC, with honored guest Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), on Thursday, May 9, 2019.
The annual event has become well known throughout the Capital Region for its dynamic showcase of Vermont products. More than 60 Vermont businesses will be represented at the reception, and many are traveling to Washington for this special event. Representatives of Vermont food and beverage makers will have the opportunity to greet Members of Congress, food writers and policy makers from federal agencies and others in an effort to bring more business to Vermont.
The Taste of Vermont Reception will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 9, in the historic Kennedy Caucus Room of the Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill. This special event is by invitation only, with an attendee list that will include U.S. Senators and Representatives; federal government officials; Vermont government officials; Vermont Convention Bureau members; and Washington-based specialty food buyers.
Leahy said: “The record, the reputation and the renown of the Taste of Vermont proves that tasting is believing. Quality is paramount in the Green Mountain State. It is our brand. Vermont has an international reputation for quality, purity and craftsmanship, from world class beer, cheese and maple products, to world-renown skiing, hiking and stunning landscapes. We want everyone to know about all the other artfully crafted food and experiences we have to offer. For more than a decade, this highly anticipated event impresses and wins converts every time. Across the nation and beyond, there is growing interest in our small state’s expanding variety of fine products, made with pride, skill and a tradition of excellence. The Taste of Vermont is the perfect crossroads for Vermont businesses to showcase our diverse and unique economy, in the heart of the nation’s capital.”
The Taste of Vermont Reception will showcase the diversity of Vermont food and beverage products. Everything from pizza, snacks, microbrew beers and ciders and spirits, handcrafted chocolate, and artisan cheese to ice cream, meats, and, of course, pure Vermont maple syrup will be represented at the event, truly giving attendees a real “Taste of Vermont.” A complete list of vendors represented at the Taste of Vermont is below:
14th Star Brewing Co. Table 5
14th Star is a veteran-owned Vermont craft brewery ‘Brewed With A Missison™’ to create high-quality beer while enriching our community. From humble beginnings as a business plan etched on the back of a battle notebook on the battlefields of Afghanistan, 14th Star has become one of the fastest growing breweries in Vermont. Check out our website or Facebook page to learn more about our beer, Taproom events, and charitable efforts.
Against The Grain Table 14
We are committed to baking gluten free products using the natural properties of real foods. We combine innovative, artisan baking techniques with naturally gluten free ingredients to stabilize, bind, and leaven our breads. In fact, we don’t use a single ingredient that you couldn’t find in your own pantry. The result is a line of products with absolutely no compromise in taste, quality, and texture.
American Flatbread Table 9
American Flatbread is a return to bread’s roots, an endeavor to explore the possibility of how good bread can be.
Here, from the union of fire, rock, and the finest all natural ingredients, comes a carefully prepared handmade food that is truly nutritious, light, crisp, flavorful, and wonderfully convenient. This is pizza with integrity. Here is a store locator for the DC area.
Barr Hill Table 24
Our mindful approach to distilling is influenced by Vermont’s working landscape and the four seasons that so strongly define our place. Our fermentation process captures the natural variation of wild yeast. With custom built stills that reflect our do-it-yourself ethos, our distillers skillfully select the heart of each batch. Founded by a beekeeper, raw honey is the distinguishing ingredient in each of our spirits, imparting a soft and subtle essence of wildflower nectars. To sip our spirits is to be transported to a wild place on the fringe of field and forest – this is Landcrafted. Here is a store locator for the DC area.
Ben & Jerry’s Table 21
From a renovated gas station in Burlington, Vermont, to far-off places with names we sometimes mispronounce, the journey that began in 1978 with 2 guys and the ice cream business they built is as legendary as the ice cream is euphoric.
Cabot Creamery Table 25
Cabot Creamery Co-operative has been in continuous operation in Vermont since 1919, and makes a full line of cheeses, Greek yogurt, sour cream, cottage cheese and butter. Widely known as makers of “The World’s Best Cheddar,” Cabot is owned by the 1,100 dairy farm families of Agri-Mark, the Northeast’s premier dairy cooperative, with farms located throughout New England and upstate New York. For more information, visit our website.
Castleton Crackers Table 16
In 2013, VFCC acquired Whitney’s Castleton Crackers, whose award-winning artisanal crackers are made from pure, all-natural ingredients and are the perfect companion to our delicious cheeses. After developing a cracker that incorporates our cheese, Whitney’s Castleton Crackers has become a true combination of the best of both brands. Together we are the first artisanal cheese and cracker company in Vermont.
Champlain Orchards Table 12
As one of the oldest continuously operating Orchards in Vermont, we take pride in growing over 100 varieties of apples, as well as peaches, pears, plums, cherries, nectarines, and berries. We are careful stewards of our land and grow our fruit following strict Eco-Apple requirements, while striving to minimize our carbon footprint and sustainably contribute to our community.
Champlain Valley Apiaries Table 16
Champlain Valley Apiaries is a 3rd generation, family owned business. Founded in 1931 by Charles Mraz, we have been producing and packing delicious honey for over 80 years. We manage 1000 colonies of honey bees in the Champlain Valley of Vermont. We produce both a liquid and naturally crystallized raw honey.
Citizen Cider Table 4
Founded in 2010 on a hunch and some good old-fashioned hard work, has quickly become a leading player in the craft cider arena. Citizen Cider strives to look at the bigger picture and focuses on being involved in every aspect of their supply chain, sourcing all fruit directly from local farmers and pressing the juice to create a true craft cider.
We are very particular about what goes into our Vermont gourmet cookies and what does not. Deep, rich Callebaut chocolate, King Arthur Flour, farm-fresh Shadow Cross Farm eggs and Cabot Butter, all natural ingredients… only these and love go into our cookies.
Dakin Farm Table 22
Dakin Farm has been proudly offering “What Vermont Tastes Like” since 1792. We are a family owned and operated business with a sole focus on offering each and every one of our customers the best flavor, quality and value available anywhere, at any price. Dakin Farm’s world-famous products include; smoked and maple glazed spiral-sliced ham, cob-smoked bacon, specialty cheeses, pure Vermont maple syrup, irresistible baby back ribs and barbeque, all available for nationwide shipping, year-round.
Drew’s Organic Table 23
At Drew’s Organics we believe in creating delicious and healthy foods that we don’t hesitate to feed our own loved ones. Each of our products is USDA Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified and GFCO Gluten-Free. We also offer Vegan, Paleo and Keto Diet options. We gather our inspiration from around the globe to bring an exotic collection of flavors to your kitchen. Our products are proudly made by the Drew's Organics team in the beautiful Green Mountains of Vermont. Find us online at www.drewsorganics.com. Selections of our products can be found at Mom’s Organic
Market, Whole Foods Market, Harris Teeter and Safeway in the Washington DC area.
Jan’s Farmhouse Table 16
Jan’s Farmhouse Crisps produces an artisan cracker that is GMO-free and made from minimal ingredients. Our crisps are light, with a super crisp finish and are made with a delicious blend of dried fruit, seeds and nuts, without any harsh ingredients. Enjoy them with your favorite cheese, on top of salads, or right out of the box. Perfect for a dinner party and are also ideal as a healthy snack on the pantry shelf.
King Arthur Flour Table 16
King Arthur Flour is one of America’s best-selling flours, known by avid bakers for its consistent performance and lack of chemical additives. King Arthur Flour’s Baker’s Catalogue offers over 1,000 baking tools, ingredients, recipes, and mixes, at kingarthurflour.com and at The Baker’s Store in Vermont. The oldest flour company in America is an exemplary baking resource, offering 3,000 tested recipes online, a blog, and numerous how-to videos. King Arthur Flour has been employee-owned since 1996.
Lake Champlain Chocolates Table 2
Located in Burlington’s south end, Lake Champlain Chocolates are made fresh in small batches using fairly traded chocolate and the highest quality ingredients including Vermont butter, cream, maple syrup and honey. As a second generation, family-owned company located in Burlington, VT we take a craftsman’s approach to chocolate: creativity, patience and mastery. Handmade by people who are passionate about their work, the luxurious chocolates and gifts tempt customers with their charm, quality and freshness. Here is a store locator for the DC area.
Laughing Moon Chocolates Table 19
As always our mission at Laughing Moon Chocolates is: to utilize a well balanced combination of traditional methods and superior ingredients to create exceptionally delicious and unique, hand-made chocolates and confections in an exciting, creative, customer driven environment which promotes learning and financial profit. This has been our mission since we started in 2001 and in 2008 we took it one step further adding the tag line “Chocolate on a Mission” which really describes Laughing Moon’s commitment to product, environment, charitable giving, and locally produced foods. Our chocolates are available online.
Lawson’s Finest Liquids Table 6
Lawson’s Finest Liquids strives to produce beer of the highest quality with outstanding freshness. We emulate the best of widely appreciated styles of beer, featuring world class IPAs and unique maple brews, while quenching the thirst of beer lovers from near and far.
Long Wind Farm Table 13
Long Wind Farm began in 1984 with Dave Chapman and a team of oxen. For three decades, we have provided New England with truly delicious and organic tomatoes. Grown in Vermont soil in glass greenhouses, our tomatoes are available as early as March and as late as December each year.
Lost Nation Brewing Table 6
Lost Nation Brewing is a small, independent brewery located in Northern Vermont. The beers that we will be showcasing at Taste Of Vermont are Lost Nation Gose. A German style wheat beer brewed with sea salt and coriander. Slightly tart and very refreshing. 4.5% abv
Lost Nation Mosaic IPA- Single hop IPA. 5.5% abv
Maplebrook Farm Table 6
Maplebrook Farm produces handmade artisanal cheeses in the Green Mountains of Vermont. Now offering over twelve cheeses, Maplebrook Farm uses old world cheesemaking techniques to produce fresh quality products, with remarkable flavor and texture. rBGH & rBST-free, 100% Vermont Milk provides a distinguishable quality and unparalleled flavor.
McKenzie Country Classics
The way we see it, life’s too short to spend eating something you don’t feel good about, or giving into a product that you don’t quite trust. And in our one hundred-some years of taste testing, wood smoking, oven roasting, handcrafting and re-handcrafting each and every product, we’ve made it our mission to serve up something better, healthier, and more wholesome. Because, we take business personally.
Olivia’s Croutons Table 6
Olivia’s is a company that I started in my home kitchen in 1991. We have grown steadily and recently moved into our new, 26,000 square foot facility in Brandon Vermont. We supply food service and retail products to accounts across the US and Canada. We are continuing to grow our business with our new capacity in our new facility. We are available at Mom’s Organic Markets in Washington, DC.
Pete’s Greens Table 13
Pete’s Greens is a certified organic, four season vegetable farm located on the edge of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom in Craftsbury, VT. We believe whole-heartedly that as more Vermonters eat locally, we will become healthier as communities and as individuals. By deciding to eat locally you support thousands of small producers such as creameries, cheesemakers, slaughterhouses, butchers, bakeries, sauerkraut makers, and of course vegetable farmers. Foods grown locally and in-season are also more nutritious and taste better, and eating them connects us to our place and to our present time of year.
Red Fox Inn Table 20
Voted Best Apple Pie In Vermont by Yankee Magazine, simple honest Vermont ingredients like juicy mackintosh apples and a Cabot butter crumb top put this pie in a league all its own. Proudly served at two Presidential Inaugurations and featured on State Plate with host Taylor Hicks, this pie is famous! Thanks to some Yankee ingenuity you can now have them shipped fresh to your door. Produced at the Red Fox Inn, Stratton Mt Vermont.
Red Kite Candy Table 7
All of our caramels are made with fresh milk and cream from nearby organic dairies. And we take our time making them, cooking each batch for 2 hours to achieve a taste you can’t get by hurrying. Each flavor is distinctive, but all melt in your mouth! Sea Salt Caramels – It’s our Original caramel with just the right amount of Fleur de Sel sprinkled on top. Sweet, salty, and melt-in-your-mouth, this is our best-selling caramel. Salted Maple Pecan Caramels – Our newest caramel, and a 2018 Good Food Awards Winner! A deliciously roasted combination of North and South. Our candy can be purchased at our website.
Rosie’s Snacks Table 12
Since 1996, Rosie’s Snacks Inc has offered customers throughout New England the finest quality of flavorful beef jerky. Our homemade products are unmatched by the competition. Visit us today in Swanton, VT, to check out our excellent inventory!
Co-Founders Chas and Nikita are cousins from a big Vermont family, an eighth generation family of Vermont. Nikita’s side of the family has been in the maple industry for a long time. Nikita owns his own sugarbush in Underhill, Vermont with 12,000 tapped maple trees. Chas runs a smaller sugarbush in Underhill on the other side of the valley. Sap! has been enjoyed by our family for years. Now we want to share it with you!
Saxtons River Distillery Table 5
We have been crafting small batch, craft-made liquors which showcase the flavors of Vermont since 2006. Our award-winning spirits include our signature Sapling Maple Liqueur, Sapling Vermont Maple Rye and Sapling Vermont Maple Bourbon – all celebrating the flavors of Vermont Maple; Perc Coffee Liqueur, with robust, organic Arabica coffee, and Snowdrop Gin, the vacuum distilled American Dry Gin distilled with 18 botanicals, recently awarded 93 points & a Top 100 Spirit of 2017 by Wine Enthusiast. We accept orders online.
Screamin’ Ridge Farm Table 11
We are a small vegetable farm and a value-added food producer. We use vegetables from our farm and other small farms in the area for our soups and sauces!
Shelburne Vineyard Table 3
Located in historic Shelburne, VT just south of Burlington, we make a variety of fine wines from our 17-acre vineyard. Tour the winery, stroll among the vines, taste our wines or enjoy pairings with local treats as we share our adventure growing grapes in VT’s northern climate. Open 7-days/week all year. Tasting includes souvenir wineglass. Plan your own special event here or visit our Facebook and Instagram to discover our special events and concerts. Find us in DC at Dio Wine Bar on H Street.
Silo Distillery Table 7
Made with 100% Vermont corn, grown in North Clarendon, Vermont at Grembowicz Farm. A smooth, clean vodka, versatile enough for any cocktail, but enjoyable all on its own. This is not your typical neutral, flavorless vodka—each sip is full of Vermont’s natural bounty, brimming with character. We are not currently available in the D.C. area.
Smugglers’ Notch Distillery Table 14
Smugglers’ Notch Distillery®, a father/son partnership in Jeffersonville, Vermont, provides carefully crafted, award-winning spirits. We make, barrel age, blend, and hand-bottle remarkably distinctive spirits one small batch at a time. Attention to detail, the finest American-grown raw materials, and pure Vermont spring water are what make our spirits special and of the highest quality. From our #1 rated domestic Vodka and our newest spirit, Gluten Free Organic Vodka, to our Rye-forward Bourbon, all our products garner accolades as top-notch pours.
Stonecutter Spirits Table 11
Stonecutter Spirits is nestled in historic Middlebury, Vermont — the iconic name derived from the masons and stone crafters that called this corner of New England home in the 1800s. In our barrel room we draw on many practices from around the world, pushing the boundaries of what defines a whiskey or gin. We are committed to growing a family company; every barrel of whiskey and bourbon we age for four, seven, or ten years is our promise to stay and grow in the place that we call home. (Stonecutter Spirits is not currently available in the D.C. area. We hope to be available here soon!)
Stowe Cider Table 18
Since its founding in 2013, Stowe Cider has set itself apart from the growing cider industry by choosing to “Free the Cider” from over-processing and focus on flavors that are crisp, clean, and innovative. Favorites include the core line-up of award winning dry-hopped Safety Meeting, the super-dry “High and Dry” and the apple forward “Tips Up. ”Stowe Cider can be found in restaurants as well as craft beer and liquor stores throughout New England, New York and Washington, D.C. Here is a store locator for the DC area.
Switchback Brewing Company Table 9
Switchback Brewing Co. became the first 100% employee-owned brewery in New England via an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) in 2017, keeping the brewery locally owned and operated, at its original home in the South End of Burlington, VT. The flagship beer, Switchback Ale—the #1 selling draught beer in VT— is available throughout New England and New York. The beer is left unfiltered and is 100% naturally carbonated to maximize complexity and flavor.
The Alchemist Table 18
The Alchemist Brewery of Waterbury and Stowe-committed to quality craft beer, strong communities and a healthy clean environment.
The Vermont Cheese Council Table 16
The Vermont Cheese Council is a non-profit trade association made of up 52 Vermont cheese companies. The mission of the council is to advance the production and promotion of quality Vermont cheese through education for the industry and consumers.
Vermont Country Store Table 10
Our Weston and Rockingham stores invite you to step back in time and enjoy a leisurely stroll down memory lane. Wander our aisles, stocked to the rafters with penny candy, Vermont maple syrup, award-winning Vermont cheeses from many of our neighboring farmsteads, personal care remedies, household problem solvers, and so much more.
Vermont Hummus Company Table 10
Established in 2010, Vermont Hummus Company is the newest addition to the burgeoning artisan food landscape in Vermont. Made with certified organic/domestically grown garbanzo beans, our hummus is crafted in small batches to ensure you get the freshest product possible.
Vermont Farmstead Cheese Company Table 8
Vermont Farmstead Cheese Company began as a community effort to preserve a picturesque 18-acre dairy farm in South Woodstock, Vt in 2009. Passionate residents raised money to purchase the land, buildings and equipment in hopes that it would remain a dairy farm. With the generous contributions and tireless efforts of an entire community, our dream was realized and Vermont Farmstead became the first community-owned artisan cheese and dairy facility in the state. In June 2011, we produced our first cheese, and five months later, after refining our product, we brought it to the public. In October 2012, VFCC introduced a new cheese production facility approximately 20 miles from the farm at the Artisans Park in Windsor, Vt. In addition to our facility, Artisans Park is home to 8 unique attractions including a Harpoon brewery, Silo distillery, a sculpture garden, a river outfitter, and Simon Pearce glassblowing factory and is well worth a visit.
Vermont Maple Syrup Association Table 17
VMSMA is made up of Vermont maple sugarmakers and maple packers who are dedicated to producing the highest quality maple syrup found anywhere in the world. The VMSMA helps to promote and protect the branding of pure Vermont maple products and to serve as the official voice for Vermont sugar makers. Our members take great pride in maintaining a prosperous maple industry and a working landscape that future generations will enjoy.
Vermont Moonlight Cookies Table 15
Vermont Moonlight Cookies creates hand-cut specialty cookies–mostly shortbread–in Vermont themes from the best local ingredients. Varieties include maple shortbread shaped like maple leaves, cranberry orange snowflakes, fudge-filled chocolate bears, linzer stars, lemon ginger shortbread, raspberry shortbread, tangerine shortbread, cocoa-amaretto shortbread woodchucks. Can be purchased in the Vermont area or through the website as individual packages or in kraft gift boxes and mailed throughout the country.
Vermont Salumi Table 8
We are an artisan producer of all-natural meat products rooted in Italian tradition and the classic salumificio. Our products are made from simple ingredients, careful craftsmanship and we always start with antibiotic-free pork because it is healthier for you and the environment. We’d like our products to be part of good conversations, reward you at the end of a hard day, and fuel your active family.
Vermont Tortilla Company Table 23
Producers of Organic Stone Ground Corn Tortillas made using 100% Local Corn.
Von Trapp Brewing Table 3
Brewed on the grounds of Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vermont, our lagers are crafted with the finest traditional ingredients and our pure Vermont spring water. Inspired by the quality brewing heritage of his ancestral homeland of Austria, Johannes von Trapp has built a world class brewery on the grounds of his family’s lodge in the pristine mountains of Stowe, Vermont. Using traditional Austrian brewing techniques, our Brewmaster JP Williams creates pure, clean lagers with amazingly complex flavor profiles.
Whistle Pig Table 4
Seated in the rolling hills of Shoreham, WhistlePig Farm produces a series of highly renowned rye whiskeys. WhistlePig showcases the tremendous flavor potential of rye while maintaining a smooth and balanced profile, identifying it with the most acclaimed whiskeys in the world. Here is a store locator for the DC area.
YOLO Snacks Table 1
Yolo Snacks is a family run business producing ready-to-eat popcorn. Produced in Middlebury, VT, we also sell our popcorn kernels in bulk. Yolo is batch produced to assure each bag meets our strict quality standards. We source kernels from a family farmer in Iowa. Yolo is available in 4 Nut-Free, Gluten Free, Non-GMO and All Natural flavors: Vermont Maple Kettle Corn, Sea Salt (aka KISS), White Cheddar, Original Flavor. Yolo Snacks can always be purchased online.
Source: BURLINGTON, Vt. (Wednesday, May 1, 2019) – Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce