OUT AND ABOUT
One word summarizes Vermont’s food and drink scene: local.
Vermont’s stunning views pair perfectly with its vibrant culinary culture and in this state, farm-to-table is more than a trend, it’s a way of life. Vermont is home to the country’s highest concentration of craft breweries per capita, a thriving agricultural economy, and a hyper-local dining scene.
The success of Vermont brewers, fermenters, and distillers and the buzz their critically acclaimed brews have stirred up has created a booming beverage industry in the state. Vermont ranks third in the nation in per capita economic impact from the brewing industry, and the rise of craft-beverage-centric restaurants has been largely credited with the economic revitalization of Vermont towns like Waterbury.
The majority of Vermont’s eateries focus on sourcing meat, vegetables, and herbs from the local agricultural community. Several organizations help steer Vermonters towards local eating—the Vermont Fresh Network links local farmers to in-state chefs, while its DigInVT initiative connects local consumers with agricultural and culinary destinations open to the public. Vermonters enjoy farmers markets open year round and tasting events such as restaurant weeks, beer—or wine—pairing dinners, and festivals of all flavors.