Friday June 21, 2013

GRAFTON -- The Grafton Inn is hosting the first Grafton Food Festival, a celebration of local food and farms in Vermont, on June 22 and 23, in Grafton Village. The event is presented by Northeast FLAVOR, an award-winning food and wine magazine focused on New England culinary pursuits.

Celebrate Vermont’s "taste of place" and sample local food from more than 20 local food providers including Grafton Village Cheese, Side Hill Farm, Vermont Creamery, Blake Hill Preserves, Wright Orchard Sugarworks, Vermont Smoke and Cure and more. Additional food vendors, a bar and local farms will be set-up for purchased items, as well.

Guests will have the chance to enjoy cooking demonstrations each day featuring nationally recognized chefs including Susan Tuveson and Jean Kerr of Northeast FLAVOR, Jason Tostrup of the Inn at Weathersfield, Martin Schuelke of the Grafton Inn and more. One lucky attendee at each of the five cooking demonstrations will win the prepared food and sit at a special Chef’s Table at the event to enjoy it.

The Grafton Food Festival will be held under an all-weather tent behind the Grafton Inn on both days from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $10 per person; children under 12 are free.

The Grafton Inn will offer specially priced farm-to-table dinner menus at the award-winning Old Tavern Restaurant on Friday and Saturday evening.


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Friday night is a Vegetarian themed tasting dinner (with a meat option) and Saturday night is a local Pasture to Plate tasting dinner. Reservations are necessary for each dinner.

Additional activities in Grafton this weekend include guided wine and cheese hikes at Grafton Ponds Outdoor Center on Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. ($25 per person) and live music at Phelps Barn Pub on Friday and Saturday night at 8 p.m. (no cover).

The Grafton Inn is offering a special Grafton Food Festival lodging package that includes two night’s lodging at the historic inn, breakfast each morning, entry to the Food Festival and a special Food Festival welcome bag for just $375.

For the complete event agenda and to book lodging or dinner reservations, visit GraftonFoodFestival.com or call 800-843-1801.

Sponsors of the Grafton Food Festival include Grafton Village Cheese, Blake Hill Preserves and Sidehill Farm Jam.