Our 4th Annual Wine and Food Festival was definitely a day to smile about! Beautiful fall weather, some of Vermont's (and Shelburne's) finest specialty food vendors on hand and a vendor tent donated by Vermont Tent, coupled with the generosity of the 600+ visitors who came bearing food and cash donations resulted in the collection of the equivalent of 3190 lb of food for holiday distribution by the Food Shelf to our hungry neighbors.
The atmosphere was festive and a perfect beginning to the holiday season. If you weren't here, think food, wine and gifts and imagine our wines paired with Cavendish Quail or Red Hen Breads, cheeses from Shelburne Farms and Vermont Creamery, VT Smoke and Cure preserved meats and house made charcuterie and relishes from Shelburne's Lemon Peel Cafe. Then top it off with Blackflower Chocolates and special holiday quaffs from our VT winemaking friends at ESV, Eden and Artesano. As we drew winners for raffle items from each of our vendors throughout the afternoon, periodic whoops and clapping resounded through the Tasting Room. As the day ended and the last visitors trailed back to the parking lot, the Food Shelf Coordinator, Bob Maritano waved good-bye and drove off to weigh the day's donations bearing a big smile of his own! ~Gail