WILMINGTON/ WEST DOVER -- The 2013 Vermont Life Wine and Harvest Festival has become one of the Mount Snow Valley’s most popular and entertaining gatherings.
This year’s celebration of Vermont producers is projected to draw some 2,500 visitors to Wilmington and Dover for a long weekend of tastings, dinners, culinary demonstrations, shopping, and entertainment.
The festival begins on Friday, Sept. 20, with a welcome evening event in the village of Wilmington. This opening event features wine and cheese tastings, the great Vermont Soup Contest showcasing soups from area restaurants and live entertainment throughout shops in the downtown. On Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 21 and 22, festival events shift to nearby West Dover, where a huge tented area is located next to the landmark clock-tower building at Mount Snow. In addition to wine and spirits samplings, attendees will be delighted to discover Vermont specialty foods and crafts.
Lunch is available from Vermont restaurants. Children’s activities provided. At night, wine dinners take place in area restaurants.
"Attendees have the pleasure of being able to go from tasting excellent local wines and regional cuisines to enjoying the Vermont fall foliage all in one locale," said Cheryl LaFlamme, one of the event coordinators and president of the Mount Snow Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Now in its sixth year The Vermont Life Wine and Harvest Festival has earned a coveted designation as one of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce’s Top Ten Fall Events and is listed as a U. S. Top 100 Event by the American Bus Association.
Event organizer and Mount Snow Valley Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Adam Grinold said, "The recognition and accolades that the Vermont Life Wine and Harvest Festival has already received is exciting.
Steve Cook, deputy commissioner of Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing, said, "I’ve been to many wine festivals throughout New England and the northeast region, and I can tell you that the setting at Mount Snow is unlike any others I’ve seen. Wine tasting events are usually held in beautiful locations, but at Mount Snow, there’s not only the festival, but easy access to outdoor recreation, historic sites, the arts, and beautiful Vermont villages right in the same place. Festival attendees will find ample free parking directly at the Festival sites.
There will be chairlift rides to view the foliage and easy access to hiking trails, fishing and kayaking sites. Pre-ski season lodging rates and packages are being widely promoted at many accommodations within walking distance of festival events. A great bonus to festival attendees, the events are served by the Mount Snow Valley’s free shuttle bus service called "the MOOver."
A reminder: everyone needs to bring identification: the legal drinking age in Vermont is 21. In addition to wine tastings, sample and purchase Vermont artisanal foods and products including cheese, chocolate, crafts and more.
On Friday evening, Sept. 20, in Wilmington village, the Wine and Harvest welcome event is free including the mouth-watering Vermont Soup Contest.
The wine tasting portion of the night, including a wine glass, is $8 per person. On Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 21 and 22, at Mount Snow resort in West Dover, admission is $15 per person, or $26 for a two-day pass. The tickets include the official Festival wine glass and a specified number of tastings. Most of festival events require no advance purchase of tickets or reservations; however, reservations are recommended for the Wine Pairings Dinners. For full festival details, call 802-464-8092; email info@VisitVermont.com, or visit www.TheVermontFestival.com. The Vermont Life Wine Harvest Festival is owned and managed by the Mount Snow Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Participating Vermont Wineries, Distillers and Brewers Boyden Valley Winery, Cambridge Caledonia Spirits and Winery, Hardwick Champlain Orchards, Shoreham East Shore Vineyard, Grand Isle Grand View Winery, East Calais Honora Winery and Vineyard, Jacksonville Lincoln Peak Vineyard and Winery, New Haven Neshobe River Winery, Brandon North Branch Vineyards, Montpelier Putney Mountain Winery, Putney Shelburne Vineyard, Shelburne Snow Farm Vineyard, South Hero And - Dunc’s Mill Distillers, Hardwick Eden Ice Cider Company, West Charleston Saxton’s River Distillery, Saxton’s River Vermont Spirits Distilling Company, Hartford and Long Trail Brewing Company, Bridgewater Corners.