With great sadness, we announce the cancellation of the 2021 Vermont Cheesemakers Festival, given the current conditions, uncertainty around COVID variants, and our interest in keeping both our vendors’ and attendees’ safety prioritized.

As a cheese festival lover, we do have some alternatives to offer you for your cheesy-loving-ways!

  • Join The Hunt!  For those who have reached out to us asking if we will be running this awesome event again – we know you are chomping at the bit to visit and explore, and YES we will have The Hunt again!  For those new to The Hunt:  We launched this event last year as an alternative to the festival, and we got outstanding feedback from our participants.  It’s an adventure event that will have you exploring Vermont’s outdoor environment, history, and – of course – its cheeses! What last year’s participants told us:  “Loved it, loved it, loved it!” 100% of those who took our post-event survey said they would do it again; 100% said they’d recommend it to a friend!    How it works:  We break the state into six regions, help you find ways to visit and taste the cheese of the cheesemakers in those regions, and also give you some insider suggestions on things to do in those areas!  We had a ton of folks who didn’t “complete” The Hunt – and instead used it as something akin to “a travel guide to the sites and tastes of Vermont, brought to you by Vermont’s cheesemakers!”  If you haven’t, check it out!  We even had 4th generation Vermonters tell us that we took them to check out some unique spots they’d not ever been to – so a great adventure guide for Vermonters and visitors alike!
  • Are you living in or thinking of visiting Vermont and looking for other ways to interact with our cheesemakers? Check out our “Where to Buy in Vermont” page, which helps you find out what cheesemakers you can visit in person to buy cheese or get tours, where to find local farmers markets by day and location, and what stores sell Vermont cheeses around the state (listed by region) – so that you can find something near you while you are our and about!
  • Can’t make it to Vermont?  Buy cheese online! Check out our Online Sales Directory – which is designed to help you find Vermont cheeses that can ship right to your door!  Like the festival itself: We have options – and you can choose to purchase the mix of cheese from the mix of cheesemakers that are most up your alley…

We’re so sorry not to be able to see you this year, though we hope to see you again in 2022!

Join us in 2022!!

Cheese • Wine • Beer • Cider • Spirits • Food • Tastings
Cooking Demos • Interesting Workshops

Vermont is the premium artisanal cheese state with the highest number of cheesemakers per capita: over 40 of them! We invite you to experience our passion for making fine cheeses, taste local and fresh foods and wines, and meet the artisans who make them. Spend a high summer day along the shores of Lake Champlain at the historic Shelburne Farms Coach Barn sampling, buying, learning, and networking. Come and celebrate the season.


BEST of FEST 2018


Yankee Magazine
Vermont Creamery
Vermont Agency of Agriculture Food & Markets
Must Be The Milk
Shelburne Farms
Provisions International, Ltd.
Josh Cellars
Cellars at Jasper Hill
City Market Onion River Co-op
Cabot Cheese Co-op
Whistle Pig Rye Whiskey
Grafton Village Cheese
The Inn at Round Barn Farm