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Oct 3, 2011 01:31 PM

Burlington-Centered Foodie Tour Ideas ?

Hi. I'm visiting Burlington and want to check out some of the region's artisanal food purveyors, farms, bakeries, cheesemaking operations, etc. I have a car and am willing to drive 2 hours. I have the Vt Cheese map and the farm map, but am overwhelmed by the options. Might any 'hounds have some good recs for places I should try to visit?

We already have dinners planned (Hen of the Woods and Farmhouse) and are really just looking for fun foodie things to do during the day, thanks!

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  1. I am very partial to Cold Hollow Cider mill in Waterbury Center. While I'm there I like stopping for cheese samples at the Cabot outlet, and chocolate at Lake Champlain chocolates (same outlet spot). But Laughing Moon Chocolates in Stowe is more uhm boutique-y and less outlet-y. :)

    1. Shelburne Farms. Just a no-brainer. Their farmhouse cheddars are excellent, and it's arguably the hottest piece of real estate in the state.

      If the weather's good, you can take the Lake Champlain ferry, bringing on a picnic of your own. Simple thing to do is provision at the Onion River Co-Op, though I'd direct you to get your wine at the Burlington Wine Shop, which is just wonderful. Anyway, the CoOp sells fantastic apples this time of year, and has a really good selection of local cheese and bread, desserts etc. It's about a one-hour crossing each way, and by far the most prosaic means of getting into Burlington.