The Grafton Inn is gearing up to host the second annual Grafton Food Festival, a celebration of local food and farms in Vermont, July 12 and 13, in Grafton Village. The event is presented by Northeast FLAVOR, an award-winning food and wine magazine focused on New England culinary pursuits. This year’s pinnacle is the appearance of celebrity chef Mary Ann Esposito, host of the popular PBS show Ciao Italia.
The weekend’s celebration of Vermont’s taste of place gives festival goers the opportunity to sample local food from regional food providers, enjoy celebrity chef cooking demonstrations, attend a farmer’s brunch and meet the world-renowned chef Mary Ann Esposito.
On Saturday, July 12, the festivities take place under the event tent and include tastings from more than 20 vendors including Grafton Village Cheese, Sidehill Farm, Blake Hill Preserves, and more from 10 am to 6 pm. New this year is a Junior Iron Chef event, Grafton’s version of the statewide culinary competition that challenges teams of Vermont students to create healthy, local dishes that inspire school meal programs.
Guests will also have the chance to enjoy cooking demonstrations featuring nationally recognized chefs including Jason Tostrup of Okemo Mountain Resort, Martin Schuelke of the Grafton Inn and Lisa Richards of Green Mountain Flour.
The highlight of the weekend includes celebrity guest participation by Mary Ann Esposito, host of the PBS television cooking show, Ciao Italia. This year, the series – focusing on authentic Italian cuisine – celebrates its milestone 25th season, making it the longest running cooking series in television history. Esposito will conduct an apron signing on Saturday, July 12 at 7 pm and will perform a free cooking demonstration on Sunday, July 13 at 11 am, followed by a book signing.