12th ANNUAL VERMONT CHEESEMAKERS FESTIVAL
With great sadness, we announce the cancellation of the 2020 Vermont Cheesemakers Festival. We have been pondering what to do – postpone the festival, offer alternative events, etc.. – and found is that there really is no alternative to the festival given the current conditions and our interest in keeping both our vendors’ and attendees’ safety prioritized.
If you have already bought a ticket for the festival, please click here to see what your options are for cheese buying alternatives, refunds, and donations.
In the last few months, we at the Vermont Cheese Council have had to pivot – and instead of planning for the festival or running our normal educational programming to train makers to make great cheese, we are mostly trying to help cheesemakers keep their doors open, helping them find grant and other emergency funds, redirecting and identifying new sales strategies to try to make up for the 25-75% losses most of them have experienced, helping them navigate the changing regulations related to operating within our industry at this time, and marketing their products as widely as possible. The Cheesemakers Festival revenues normally fund over 75% of our operations, and without it, like cheesemakers, our operations are struggling.
As a cheese festival lover, we ask that you consider a few options to support both cheesemakers and the Vermont Cheese Council this year, so that we can get the festival back on track next year:
- Buy a “donation” ticket. On our Eventbrite sales location, you can “buy” specifically a donation ticket in the ticket options; you can select a standard admission value amount or create your own donation value, and your “ticket” value will go to supporting the Vermont Cheese Council and all the work we do.
- Choose to buy a Victory Cheese Box. This is a program the council helped create to help our cheesemakers improve sales, in response to their COVID-19 losses; it allows you to buy a selection of Vermont cheeses online, have that shipped to you/pick up at the seller location, and a portion of the box revenue will go the council. Like the festival itself: We have options – and you can choose to purchase the mix of cheese that is most up your alley…
- Do both. This helps you support the council to fund us through to next year’s festival, AND it’s a chance to get a great selection of delicious Vermont cheeses delivered to your doorstep.
We’re so sorry not to be able to see you this year, though we hope to see you again in 2021!