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Northeast Kingdom Celebrates Local Flavors at Jay Peak
Guests from throughout the Northeast Kingdom and Canada enjoyed a delicious evening at Jay Peak Resort this past February during Green Mountain Farm-to-School’s (GMFTS) 9th Annual Taste of the Kingdom – an event celebrating the vibrant food scene of the Northeast Kingdom.
They enjoyed the creations of over 20 featured Northeast Kingdom chefs, farmers, and brewers – such as Kingdom Brewing, Burke Mountain Confectionery, Barn First goat cheese, Jay Village Inn, and so much more – along with live music and a silent auction featuring NEK-area businesses.
“For the past nine years the Taste of the Kingdom has been connecting consumers with Northeast Kingdom food and drink producers and helping to build a community around celebrating the products they’re making,” says James Hafferman, executive director, GMFTS. “It’s a great opportunity for people to interact with the faces behind some of the iconic Northeast Kingdom brands.”
Through ticket sales and sponsorship from local businesses, GMFTS was able to raise money to support its programming in the community. The event helped to ensure that the organization can continue planting school gardens, teaching students about nutrition and agriculture, serving free meals during the summer through the Lunchbox food truck, and connecting area farmers with local institutions to increase their economic viability through their regional food hub, Green Mountain Farm Direct.
“The Taste of the Kingdom is a fun evening that brings together the community for a good cause and is one of our favorite events of the year,” says Shane Rogers, communications and development coordinator for GMFTS.
Local businesses were integral to the success of this past year’s event through silent auction donations and as sponsors.
Sponsors for the 9th Annual Taste of the Kingdom included: