Monday, July 28, 2008

Champlain Valley Fair Invite

Guidelines for Demonstration Farmers Market at the Champlain Valley Fair’s Ware Building

Arrival & Set Up

The hours of the Champlain Valley Fair are 10am to 9pm. We expect all vendors to be set up by doors opening on the first day they are scheduled to participate, and to clean up after the last day they participate so that a new vendor can take over the vacated space.

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The Vermont Agency of Agriculture will provide vendors with passes in order to enter the fair grounds.

Everyone will receive an 8-foot table. Please bring your own tablecloth and display.

Sales

Under agreement with the Champlain Valley Fair, vendors can sell only items that do not conflict with standing food contracts elsewhere on the fairgrounds. In general, the products that can be sold are:

  • Foods for consumption off of the fairgrounds
  • Foods that do not overlap with common fair foods – for example, fresh produce is allowed, cookies and chocolates are not
  • Non-food items.
  • Samples may be given away without restriction.
  • Vendors can provide promotional materials, like coupons, for any type of food or drink.

The Farmers’ Market at the Champlain Valley Fair Ware Building is intended to be an educational effort in addition to a sales opportunity. We encourage all vendors to bring materials advertising both their business / organization and local food sales outlets in general. If you are interested in having these informational materials, but would like help getting them, please contact Koi Boynton at koi.boynton@state.vt.us or (802) 828-2084.

Directions to Champlain Valley Fair & Ware Building

The Champlain Valley Fair takes place at the Champlain Exposition in Essex Junction. Detailed directions and maps are available online at: http://cvexpo.org/directions.aspx

The Ware Building is the first building on your left as you enter Yellow Gate A on Pearl Street. Gate A is a pedestrian only gate. Enter through the main gate take an immediate right after entering the gate. Two parking spaces will be available for loading and unloading behind the barn and hand carts will be available for moving product to the building.

Other Opportunities

The Ware Building at the Champlain Valley Fair houses many opportunities for fairgoers to learn about Vermont agriculture. In addition to the farmers’ market, we offer:

  • Cooking Demonstrations in a fully equipped kitchen
  • Children’s Education in the “barnyard”
  • Spirits Villa, including cheese pairings and snacks

If you are interested in also participating in one of these activities, please contact Koi Boynton to find out of there are any slots remaining. She can be reached at koi.boynton@state.vt.us or (802) 828-2084.

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