Vermont Business - Online
August 13, 2012

With the combined support and educational resources of Vermont's Department of Tourism & Marketing, the Agency of Natural Resources, the Department of Agriculture and many commercial sponsors, Charley Dooley, Bill Schubart, and Tim Cianciola of Craftproducers, Inc will launch the inaugural Celebrate Vermont Festival, August 24-26, 2012.

The festival is a celebration of all things Vermont-including Vermont-made foods, wine, beer, spirits, live music, dance, arts, and crafts and community traditions. Activities will primarily take place at the Stowe Events Field with forestry and logging events held at the Trapp Family Lodge. Evening performances will be held at the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center at the Mountain, and in the Stowe Village and a Vermont Cocktail contest will be held at Stoweflake Resort. Approximately 4-8,000 people are expected to attend the 4 day event.

The Festival will debut with the Noah's Ark Parade of farmers, children and their animals, floats, and antique tractors, through Stowe Village on Thursday at 10 a.m. Gate opens at 11 a.m. at the Stowe Events Field with 25 specialty food booths, 50 juried craft booths, 25 artist booths, and 25 booths of Vermont-made products.

Visitors can enjoy tastings and pairings of Vermont artisan cheeses, beers and spirits-and demonstrations by master Vermont Chefs. On Friday, the chefs will showcase lamb, and on Saturday, a celebration of pork. The grand finale will be on Sunday, when Chef Frank Pace grills a 1000-lb Vermont grass fed steer on a custom welded trapeze.

Festival workshops and seminars will include information on various aspects of animal husbandry, home gardening, small scale farming, orcharding, domestic energy conservation and generation, beekeeping, composting and woodlot & forest stewardship.

Forestry sessions at Trapp Family lodge will include sustainable logging, hewing competitions, safe chainsaw felling, and wood carving.

The Vermont Spirits Cocktail contest will take place at Stoweflake Resort on Saturday evening where attendees can sip, savor, and vote the Best Cocktail, Best Garnish, and Best Party Drink.

At the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, the Festival of the Americas will take place with world-class musicians including many Vermonters. Meanwhile in the Village, THE SOUND OF MUSIC will be shown Friday evening, a vaudeville performance and film showings will be performed by the Stowe Theatre Guild on Friday and Saturday evenings. Every day throughout the event will integrates some of the best live entertainment that Vermont has to offer.

Visitors of Stowe will get special offers for lodging, and area merchants featuring Vermont-made products and restaurant chefs will feature Vermont fresh cuisine.

For a schedule of events visit .

About Craftproducers: Craftproducers has been creating upscale and unique festivals in New York and New England for over 35 years. A respected leader in the Art and Craft Festival market, the Vermont-based company is known for high quality shows that are juried, unique and original.


Event Sponsors:

Cabot, Creamery, Vermont Tourism and Marketing, the Stowe Area Assoc., Blue Cross / Blue Shield of VT, Long Trail Brewing, Hardwick Beef, Vermont Public Radio, Vermont Public Television, WCAX, WDEV, Stowe Country Homes, Stihl US, Weddings Tents and Events, and The Point.

Drink Contest Sponsors

Dunc's Mill, Smugglers Notch Distillery, Boyden Valley Winery, Sapling Liqueur, Vermont Spirits, Whistle Pig Straight Rye Whiskey, and Caledonia Spirits & Winery

Entertainment Details

On Friday "Heritage Day," Mark Sustic's Young Tradition Project will showcase Jeh Kulu Junior ( ), Hannah Beth Crary, an extraordinary young fiddler, ( ) and then, Yasi, Oliver & Louli Zeichner, three homeschooled teens who have been playing Old-Time/Appalachian and Irish music together through much of their childhood. The "Heritage" appearances will be showcased by Young Tradition Vermont which presents at concerts, dances, and festivals throughout New England and Quebec. .

Spencer Lewis' Vermont Folk Rock Project with Chas Eller, The Starline Rhythm Boys

play on Saturday. Waldo and Woodhead also appear on Saturday. Patti Casey and Bob Amos

and the Green Mountain Swing Band perform on Sunday.

There is a free movie in the Village Friday evening, The Sound of Music. Vaudeville performance and film showings by Waldo Woodhead on Saturday evening, and Sweeney Todd will be performed by the Stowe Theatre Guild on Friday and Saturday evenings. The Music of the Americas Festival takes place at the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center Friday and Saturday evenings.

Forestry Event Details

The Chautauqua Tent and the Trapp Family Forest will be the venues for the many farm and forest seminars and workshops. Among them are: Forest Trail Management for Recreation, Rusty Dewees' Workshop for Comedians and Performers, Attracting Wildlife, Timber and Energy Harvest, Gardening 101, Your Backyard Eden, Maple Sugaring, Composting , Reading the Forest Landscape, Bees in your Fields, Forest, Garden & Orchard, Eat the Yard: Growing Edibles in Your Landscape, Forest Safety, Native Plants, and The Magic Forest.

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