LCIAN and our partners from the Healthy Roots Collaborative hosted the first In Good Taste event to happen in the Champlain Islands on Sunday. It was a beautiful day to enjoy at Knight Point State Park in North Hero- swimming, playing, and tasting the fresh, delicious products of our farmers and food producers in Northwest Vermont!
We are so excited to have brought together our two counties, Franklin and Grand Isle, for this fun event. We in the Northwest corner have much in common, and much to learn from each other. Farmers and producers from the two counties met and learned about each other's great businesses. Consumers from the region, as well as further afield, were able to try new products and learn more about where our food comes from: who grows it, processes it, cooks it, and sells it... and those farmers, bakers, pasta makers, beer brewers, vintners, and other folks are quite amazing people! We loved hearing the stories of each of them, knowing the creativity, hard work, and care that they bring to producing our food.
With samples of spicy jalapeño pasta, sweet crunch pickles, pulled pork and beef, maple sweetened puffed corn, black current sorbet, apple crisp, goat milk caramels, fresh creamy mozzarella, brown ale and breakfast stout, wine and ice cider, fresh flavored sparkling water, and more... it was a celebration of old and new favorites from the Northwest corner!
Many thanks to the wonderful vendors, volunteers, and sponsors who helped make In Good Taste: Savor the Islands a huge success this year!
In Good Taste: Savor the Islands was sponsored by Carol Tremble, CPA, Champlain Island Economic Development Corporation, Franklin County Industrial Development Corporation, Franklin-Grand Isle Workforce Investment Board, Grand Isle County Farm Bureau, Island Excavating, Lake Champlain Islands Agriculture Network, Keeler Bay Health Center, North Country Credit Union, Northwest Regional Planning Commission, Northwest Vermont Healthy Roots Collaborative, and Yankee Farm Credit.