Vermont cheese takes center stage at local festivals

July 3, 2018 by  

It may not be the first type of food one associates with New England, but Vermont’s cheesemakers are a proud, tight-knit community whose hard work will be on display this summer.

The 10th Annual Vermont Cheesemakers Festival will take place this August, and it promises to be the biggest edition of the event yet.

This year’s edition of the Festival will take place on August 12 at Shellburne Farm, a short drive from cities such as Burlington and Colchester. Dozens of vendors from across the state will be offering cheese as well as beer and other artisanal food, with awards granted to the best efforts in each category. The schedule also includes cooking demos and other workshops of interest to professionals and laypeople alike.

The event, sponsored by the Vermont Cheese Council, hopes to establish the state as a major player in dairy. The festival’s website claims that:

“Vermont is the premium artisanal cheese state with the highest number of cheesemakers per capita.”

Today’s dairy farmers and artisans need to embrace modern marketing and tastes to survive, so one is likely to see business cards passed around along with free samples, and poster printing and social media used to establish a brand’s identity. With the rise of “foodie” culture, these artisans will no doubt want to make the ‘mozza’ their opportunity.