Ice cream delights in Vermont at Ben & Jerry's Annual Winter Festival!
February 4, 2014 — From Caramel Chew Chew to Phish Food, enjoy a winter getaway with several distinctive flavours in the New England state of Vermont — as you take part in Ben & Jerry’s Annual Winter Festival!
Held this year on Saturday 1 March, the festival takes place in the town of Waterbury which is home to Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory. For one day, the factory grounds are transformed into a winter playground for the local community and visitors to central Vermont, with 2014 flavour tastings, games and entertainment to be enjoyed. Free tours of the Ben & Jerry’s factory (normally $4 per person) are offered throughout the day, including a chance to sample an exclusive flavour made in the onsite test kitchen.
Festival-goers will also have the chance to snack on sample offerings from other local artisan producers, including Green Mountain Coffee and Vermont Butter & Cheese, and enjoy the traditional Vermont confection ‘Sugar on Snow’ — molten syrup literally poured on clean white snow to form a soft maple candy.
And Ben & Jerry’s is just the beginning. Within easy reach of Waterbury there are a wide range of agricultural and culinary tourism experiences which offer visitors the chance to enjoy the many different flavours of the Green Mountain State. Highlights include:
Cabot Creamery Cooperative (Cabot)
Cabot Creamery Cooperative has been in continuous operation in Vermont since 1919, and makes a full line of cheeses, yogurt, sour cream, cottage cheese and butter. Best known as the maker of award-winning cheddars, Cabot is owned by 1,270 dairy farm families located throughout New England and upstate New York. www.cabotcheese.coop
Woodstock Farmers’ Market (Woodstock)
The best of local produce can be enjoyed at Woodstock Farmers’ Market. Operating since 1992, the market sees local people serving the community and visitors outstanding home cooking with a twist - fresh produce, seasonal plants, groceries, coffee, fresh meats and seafood, artisan cheeses, wine, beer, and fresh baked goods. www.woodstockfarmersmarket.com
Stony Brook Farm (Hyde Park)
Enjoy a stay on a traditional Vermont farm: Stony Brook Farm offers country lodging accommodation in a beautifully renovated cottage on the farm. Guests and visitors can take a farmstead tour to meet goats, baby calves, chickens, ducks and geese, with a chance to help feed the animals and gather eggs. www.stonybrookfarmvt.com
Vermont Pub & Brewery (Burlington)
Vermont has a thriving craft brewing community, and the state’s original brewpub handcrafts an award-winning variety of real ales and lagers in its cellar brewery, while the elegant pub provides a relaxed ambiance to enjoy seafood, steak, burgers and British Empire fare. For purists, every Monday an ‘experimental beer’ is offered! www.vermontbrewery.com
Nebraska Knoll Farm (Stowe)
Vermont maple sugaring at its best! For more than 30 years the Coty family has tapped trees in Nebraska Valley, one ridge over from the popular tourist draw of Mt. Mansfield, producing high-quality syrup that reflects the soil, weather and a unique blend of traditional and modern methods. www.nebraskaknoll.com
America As You Like It has a 14-night ‘Complete New England’ self-drive including a night in Stowe, near Waterbury. Prices start at £1,289 per person including flights, car hire and accommodation.
Editor’s Note: Discover New England represents the six American states of Connecticut, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Vermont to promote international visitation.