It is with great sadness that we announce that the 2020 Vermont Cheesemakers Festival is cancelled. As an early ticket buyer for the festival, you have a few options for what you can do with your ticket funds – and I wanted to share a couple of options regarding how you can still support both the council and the cheesemakers if you’d be interested in those:
- Choose to donate your ticket value to the council: Email us, saying “I’d like to donate my ticket value” – and we can transfer your ticket to be a donation ticket. This money will go directly to the council to help support us. If you would like to donate a portion of your tickets/refund another, we can do that too (i.e. you can donate one ticket and refund one ticket).
- Choose to buy a Victory Cheese Box & support the council through that: The Victory Cheese Box is a program that the council helped found for the purpose of helping our Vermont cheesemakers improve sales, after most of them saw 25-75% drops in sales in response to COVID-19; it allows you to buy a selection of Vermont cheeses that can be shipped to you, and a portion of that purchase revenue will go the council. We have a mix of options – and like the festival itself: You can choose to purchase the mix of cheese that is most up your alley…Click here to jump below and check those out…
- Do both! This option is most like going to the festival: It 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!
If you are already a ticket holder for this year’s festival, please email me to let me know what direction you would like to take – and I can help you with whatever that is. And if you would like a full refund, simply email us – and we will absolutely provide that as well. If we do not hear back from you by June 30, we will automatically refund your tickets in full. And if you have any questions – please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Thanks very much – and we hope to see you next year!
Executive Director, Vermont Cheese Council
Support the Council through Victory Cheese Boxes
Here’s what is available! The cheese lineups listed may shift – as you’ll see in the “more info” links for each box.
Dedalus Wine Shop & Market (Burlington)
You can buy this in the shop, order online for pickup, get it delivered to you (if you’re a local!), or get this shipped across the country to you. 15% of their profits will be donated to the Vermont Cheese Council as well (thank you!).
In their box: 3 cheeses + a local VSmiley Jam! Sample cheese selection: Mt. Mansfield Creamery’s Inspiration, Orb Weaver’s Ubu Blue, Sage Farm Goat Dairy’s Flower Chevre. If you call – they will add in charcuterie/other pairing items too! $30-40
Mad River Taste Place (Waitsfield)
The Taste Place is shipping boxes across the country AND has these boxes available for pickup in the shop – and they’re changing their cheese lineup every two weeks! 10% of their profits will be donated to the Vermont Cheese Council as well (thank you!).
In their box: 3 cheeses, crackers, charcuterie, and local jam. Sample cheese selection: von Trapp Farmstead Mt Alice, Fairy Tale Farm Tomte, and Boston Post Dairy Eleven Brothers. $60-70
Cheese & Wine Traders (South Burlington)
They’re shipping anywhere across the country and 15% of their box revenues go to the Vermont Cheese Council (thank you!!).
In their box: 5 cheeses plus jam, crackers, and chocolate! They say it’s a great amount for 4-6 people. Sample cheese selection: Plymouth Artisan Cheese Waxed Cheddar, Grafton Village 2-Year Cheddar, Vermont Farmstead Blueberry Windsordal, Jasper Hill Bayley Hazen Blue Cheese, Maplebrook Farm Smoked Feta. $60-70
Jasper Hill Farm (Greensboro Bend)
Jasper Hill Farm is offering a shipped box of Vermont deliciousness – including their own cheeses as well as additional selections from makers around the state, and they are donating 10% of their profits to the Vermont Cheese Council (thank you!!). They’re offering different cheese lineups every week.
In their box: 4-5 cheeses from around the state plus local preserves. Sample cheese selection: Green Mountain Edition, which includes Cobb Hill’s Ascutney Mountain, Champlain Valley Creamery’s Champlain Triple, von Trapp’s Mad River Blue, and von Trapp/Jasper Hill Farms collaborative OMA. Free shipping. $70-80