Showcasing Vermont’s many cheesemakers in Shelburne

Published: Aug. 14, 2022 at 8:33 PM EDT
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SHELBURNE, Vt. (WCAX) - There are lots of sights to see at Shelburne Farms, but Sunday, there were some things that Vermont is well known for, and one of them is cheese!

Shelburne Farms hosted what they used to call their Vermont Cheesemakers Festival, but organizers from the Vermont Cheese Council called Saturday’s gathering a cheese summit. The event has not been hosted since 2019 due to COVID, and because of safety, Shelburne Farms and the Cheese Council decided to make the event a little smaller than usual. They pulled all local Vermont cheesemakers to show their products. The goal was to make connections and bond over making cheese.

One local vendor said she’s never been to the event before, and it was nice to get away from the farm to be part of the fun.

“I had come years and years ago as an attendee... but I never came as a cheesemaker. I am the cheesemaker at my farm and it’s kind of hard to get away. So it’s difficult to take a whole day off from cheesemaking in order to come,” said Rebecca Velazquez of Barn First Creamery.

The Vermont Cheese Council usually take up to a year to plan this event, and they say maybe next year there will be more vendors.

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