Mad River Taste Week
MAD RIVER TASTE WEEK
An annual summer event featuring farm tours, tastings, pairings, dinners and more
The Mad River Food Hub’s annual Mad River Taste Week, a 9-day celebration of the food and beverage makers and growers of The Mad River Valley, will feature over 30 events from August 3-11.
Mad River Taste week will again kick off with a pig roast feast featuring dishes highlighting local farms and food producers. Bill Cavanaugh, Mad River Hub’s Manager, will spit-roast a whole Von Trapp Farmstead pig, deboned and stuffed like an Italian Porchetta. Side dishes that represent the best the Mad River Taste producers have to offer will be served and there will be a cash bar featuring cocktails from Mad River Distillers, beer from Lawson’s Finest Liquids and Collaborative Brewing, and cider from Tin Hat. The Pig Roast will be held at Mad River Green on Saturday 3rd August at 5.00 pm, this event was a sell out in 2018 and tickets can be purchased on line at https://www.madrivertaste.com/tasteweek
“Last year was the first year and we had many events sold out and visitors and locals had a great time. It’s exciting to be offering Mad River Taste Week again in 2019 to showcase our local food and beverage makers and growers” said Robin Morris, president and founder of the Mad River Food Hub and the Mad River Taste Place. “This year we are adding “Mad River Signature Taste” where local Restaurants and Inns will offer their guests a meal or beverage that has its origins in the Mad River Valley for the week.”
“The Mad River Valley has long been known for its exemplary food scene, one of the first and favored farmers’ markets in Vermont, an active localvore movement, and many award-winning artisans including Ploughgate Creamery, VonTrapp Farmstead, Lawson’s Finest Liquids, Mad River Distillers, Tonewood Maple, Green Rabbit Bakery Tin Hat Cider and Vermont Bean Crafters.”
Highlights of the week include daily farm and facility tours, tasting events and educational workshops, led by food makers and farmers in The Valley. In addition to the tours, tastings, and teachings throughout the Valley, a community pig-roast kicks-off the Mad River Taste Week, following the Waitsfield Farmers Market on Saturday, August 3. The week will finish with the annual Vermont Cheese Council dinner on August 10. Those wishing to continue their pursuit of Vermont-made delights are encouraged to attend the Vermont Cheese Festival on August 11.
Learn more at madrivertaste.com/tasteweek, where the full schedule and details will be posted and updated throughout the coming weeks.
Mad River Food Hub was founded in 2011 to increase the success of new and emerging food and beverage businesses in the Mad River Valley community. The Mad River Food Hub started as a food business incubator offering these local businesses access to USDA inspected processing rooms, cold storage and distribution for processing their meat and vegetable products. In 2017 Mad River Food Hub created the Mad River Taste program as a quality seal and to celebrate and promote the local makers and growers.
The Mad River Taste Place is a retail store opened in the Summer of 2017, to showcase these Mad River Taste products through tastings and learning. The Taste Place is also chock full of local Vermont Products, frequent maker demonstrations and is the home to Vermont Cheese Council. More information is available at www.madrivertaste.com.
The Mad River Valley is a four-season destination located on scenic Route 100 in the center of Vermont. A unique multi-town community, the Mad River Valley offers a fun, authentic Vermont experience including arts, recreation, farms, foods, craft beverages, beautiful vistas, quaint villages, historic barns and bridges, cool shops, and warm hospitality. Home to both Sugarbush Resort and Mad River Glen, visitors to the Valley in the winter enjoy Vermont’s best alpine, Nordic, and backcountry skiing. In the summer and fall, visitors experience vibrant events, hiking, biking, paddling, and refreshing swimming holes on the Mad River. More information is available at madrivervalley.com.