Monday, July 9, 2018

Lake Champlain Tasting Trail makes debut in Vermont

Its rural nature and lack of many large population centers can make visiting Vermont difficult for out-of-staters unfamiliar with its meandering roadways.

Now, that problem has been addressed in one region with the debut of the Lake Champlain Tasting Trail, part of a larger effort to develop an international culinary trail in the state and connecting with agritourism areas in neighboring New York and the nearby Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec focusing on farm and food experiences.

The new pathway includes sites in Addison, Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle counties. Visitors can create their own route by viewing the possibilities online at "Dig In Vermont."

The Lake Champlain Tasting Trail includes 50 producers, restaurants, farms, farmers markets, breweries, cideries, and wineries along the lake that straddles the Vermont-New York border. It was developed by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets, the Vermont Agency of Commerce & Community Development, the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing, the Vermont Fresh Network, and University of Vermont Extension.

“Cross-border travel and trade is a priority for Vermont,” says Wendy Knight, commissioner of the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing. “We are excited to be part of an international tourism initiative based on cooperation and commonality with our Canadian and New York State neighbors.”

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