Vermont Life”wine & harvest festival returns to valley
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Wine glass from 2012 festival.
Wine glass from 2012 festival.
DOVER– At nearly 3,600 feet above sea level, Mount Snow in West Dover is among the most notable peaks in southern Vermont. In autumn, the splash of dazzling fall foliage in all its full glory tumbles down all sides of the mountain, edging the miles of ski runs and hiking trails that crisscross the terrain. The blaze of red, orange, and yellow from millions of sugar maples, yellow birches, and beech trees spills onto the fields, farms, and small towns that dot a long, winding valley created by the scenic Deerfield River. The valley and the mountains, the country villages, and the easy rural lifestyle blend to create the most perfect setting imaginable every year in late September for one of the northeast region’s premier wine and culinary events, the Vermont Life Wine and Harvest Festival.

Attracting winemakers, distillers, brewers, and food and craft artisans from all over Vermont, 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, September 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, September 21 and 22, the festival events shift to nearby West Dover, where a huge tented area is located next to the landmark clock tower building at Mount Snow, nestled under the ridgelines of the Green Mountain National Forest. 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.

Festival attendees will find ample free parking directly at the festival sites, as well as many opportunities for fun. There are chairlift rides to view the foliage surrounding the festival location 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 the 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.

Festival attendees will attest that at the Vermont Life Wine and Harvest Festival there is no way to know ahead of time what wines they will like. There’s only one way to learn about the many outstanding new as well as traditional wines and spirits that are being produced in Vermont: taste, contemplate, taste again. Another reminder: everyone needs to bring identification; the legal drinking age in Vermont is 21. The festival staff, beverage servers, and gate volunteers are Vermont Professional Server Certified to ensure responsible service, sale, and consumption of alcohol. In addition to wine tastings, sample and purchase Vermont artisanal foods and products including cheese, chocolate, crafts, and more.

On Friday evening, September 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, September 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 the festival events require no advance purchase of tickets or reservations; however, reservations are recommended for the wine pairings dinners.

For full Vermont Life Wine and Harvest Festival details call (802) 464-8092 or email, or visit The Vermont Life Wine and Harvest Festival is owned and managed by the Mount Snow Valley Chamber of Commerce. Proceeds from the festival benefit the chamber, a nonprofit 501(c)(6) organization serving Southern Vermont’s Deerfield Valley towns and business community.
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