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The Taste of Montpelier is coming!!! Are you going???

Aug 31, 2022 10:03AM ● By John Gales

The Taste of Montpelier Food Festival, presented by Hunger Mountain Co-op, Returns to the Capital City



The Taste of Montpelier Food Festival, presented by Hunger Mountain Co-op, is unlike any food festival you've been to before. Forget about those stuffy events with $100 tickets off in the middle of a hot field. Join us in the heart of Montpelier's downtown the weekend of September 9th-11th to get a true taste of what we're all about. Fun, approachable, delicious. 


The main event is The Great Taste, Saturday, September 10, 1-4pm on State Street from Main to Elm. Enjoy signature dishes from Montpelier's eclectic restaurants ( calls us a "food destination"), Vermont food truck favorites, tastes from artisans showcasing the best Vermont food products, a cocktail garden hosted by award-winning distillers Barr Hill, and more. Add on world-class street performers, and it's an event not to be missed. 


“Montpelier is filled with amazing restaurants, and surrounded by tremendous food artisans,” said Montpelier Alive Executive Director Dan Groberg. “We are so excited to bring these mouth-watering delights together in this one-of-a-kind celebration.”  

Come hungry, as we’re featuring delicious food from Montpelier restaurants, a variety of food trucks, and some of the best food and beverage artisans from across the state. Some highlights include a banh mi sandwich from Enna, Montpelier’s global deli, tuna nachos from Hugo’s Bar & Grill, goat cheese from Vermont Creamery, and much more. 


Incredible chefs will join us at the Demo Tent on State Street, where you can learn how to make (and sample!) Oakes & Evelyn’s signature gnocchi, Three Sisters Stew with Junior Iron Chef Vermont, Papaya Salad with Wilaiwan’s, and Bee’s Knees cocktails with the mixologists from Barr Hill, and chat with Martin Philip, award-winning baker and author and Baking Ambassador at the King Arthur Baking Company. Bring your baking questions, or bring your baked goods for troubleshooting and feedback. 


On top of the incredible food, The Great Taste will feature some incredible street performers, including Yo-Yo Guy’s unique, high-energy comedy yo-yo show, radical street band Brass Balagan, Big Nazo’s intergalactic puppets, juggler Peter Panic, and Americana comedy band The Hokum Bros. 


Additional weekend events include a corn roast at the Capitol City Farmers Market, two parties at Barr Hill, a special prix fixe menu all weekend at Three Penny Taproom, an exhibit about the Common Cracker at the Vermont History Museum, and the first annual Montpelier Burger Battle, which kicks off at the Festival and runs through October 10th. 


Thank you to our event sponsors: Presenting Sponsor Hunger Mountain Co-op; Platinum Sponsors VSECU, Vermont Creamery, and Barr Hill;  Gold Sponsors Community National Bank and Vermont Mutual; Event Supporters AARP, Lake Champlain Chocolates, Cabot, Three Penny Taproom, and Fidium Fiber; and Media Sponsors Seven Days and WCAX.


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Montpelier Alive works to create a more livable and vibrant Montpelier by celebrating our community's heart and soul: its downtown. We bring community together through our diverse events, make downtown more beautiful through public art and streetscape improvements, support our local businesses, and share Montpelier’s story with visitors from near and far. 

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