Local Food News and Notes


In Dummerston ...

STRAWBERRY SUPPER: The Dummerston Congregational Church is hosting its Annual Old-Fashioned Strawberry Shortcake Supper on Saturday, June 28, from 5 to 7 p.m., featuring family-sized, all-you-can-eat, double-layered shortcakes made with local fresh strawberries and real whipped cream.

The menu also includes ham, baked beans, homemade breads and salads, potato, tuna-macaroni, coleslaw and beverages. Served family style with continuous servings, no reservations needed. In the Evening Star Grange Hall, Dummerston Center. $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and younger. For more information, 802-257-0544 or susanna@griefen.com.

In Grafton...

FOOD FESTIVAL: The Grafton Inn is gearing up to host the second annual Grafton Food Festival, a celebration of local food and farms in Vermont, July 12 and 13, in Grafton Village. The event is presented by Northeast FLAVOR, an award-winning food and wine magazine focused on New England culinary pursuits. This year's pinnacle is the appearance of celebrity chef Mary Ann Esposito, host of the popular PBS show "Ciao Italia."

On Saturday, July 12, the festivities take place under the event tent and include tastings from more than 20 vendors including Grafton Village Cheese, Sidehill Farm, Blake Hill Preserves, and more from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. New this year is a Junior Iron Chef event, Grafton's version of the statewide culinary competition that challenges teams of Vermont students to create healthy, local dishes that inspire school meal programs.

Guests will also have the chance to enjoy cooking demonstrations featuring nationally recognized chefs including Jason Tostrup of Okemo Mountain Resort, Martin Schuelke of the Grafton Inn and Lisa Richards of Green Mountain Flour.

Mary Ann Esposito will conduct an apron signing on Saturday, July 12, at 7 p.m. and will perform a free cooking demonstration on Sunday, July 13, at 11 a.m., followed by a book signing.

On Sunday, July 13, a Farmers breakfast featuring many of the Grafton Food Festival vendors will be held in the Grafton Inn courtyard from 8 to 11:30 a.m. An outdoor farmer's market will be held adjacent to the breakfast, as well as Esposito's cooking demonstration and book signing.

The Grafton Food Festival will be held under an all-weather tent behind the Grafton Inn, located in Grafton Village. Cost is $10 per person or $15 for a weekend pass; children under 12 are free.

The Grafton Inn is offering a special Grafton Food Festival lodging package that includes two night's lodging at the historic inn, entry to the Food Festival and a special Food Festival goodie bag and entry to the Farmer's Brunch for just $399.

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

In Halifax...

SENIOR MEAL: The June Halifax Senior Meal is Friday, June 27, at the Halifax Community Hall. The meal will be served at noon. The menu includes shepherd's pie, fruit salad, rolls and dessert. All seniors are welcome, reservations are requested, call Joan at 802-368-7733.

In Northfield, Mass. ...

CHICKEN: St. Patrick's Parish will be hosting a chicken supper on Wednesday, July 9, at 6 p.m. The menu includes chicken, potato salad, beans, rolls, coleslaw and dessert. Adults $10; children 3 through 12 $5; and under 3 free.

In Townshend...

PIE FUNDRAISER: Krista Gay, a junior at John Brown University and 2012 graduate of Leland & Gray Union High School, will be going to El Salvador in July to work as a translator for the Duggar family from TLC's hit show "19 Kids and Counting." While in El Salvador, Krista will translate as the group does various orphan care projects and five day clubs.

Krista is selling summer pies -- strawberry, blueberry and rhubarb -- to raise the required $1,700 for the trip. Pies will be delivered until July 2. To order a pie, contact Krista at gayk@jbu.edu or 802-376-3646.

In Walpole, N.H. ...

CHICKEN BARBECUE: There will be a chicken barbecue as part of the Walpole Old Home Days Celebration on Sunday, June 29, from 4 to 5 p.m. Half chicken takeouts will be available for $5 and a complete meal will be $10. A meal consists of half a chicken, potato salad, coleslaw, roll, cranberry sauce, brownie, and lemonade. To reserve tickets, call 802-445-5637, or purchase at Galloway Real Estate or Murray's Restaurant.

In West Brattleboro...

OUTREACH LUNCHEON: West Brattleboro Baptist Church will continue its free monthly Community Outreach Luncheon Ministry at 979 Western Ave. on Sunday, June 29.

The luncheon will be held from noon to 2 p.m. On the menu will be barbecued chicken, macaroni salad, dish fruit, rolls, and homemade cake with ice cream.

For further information, or for a ride, call the church office at 802-257-0187, leave message. All are welcome to attend.


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