The fifth annual Taste of the Deerfield Valley was a weekend full of wonderful “tastes.” Starting on Friday evening at the Hermitage Inn, attendees were treated to some of three-time world barbecue champion Myron Mixon’s famous brisket, chicken, ribs, and pork, all cooked in his 30-ft barbecue competition trailer. Mixon’s barbecue was paired up with four different beers, which were selected by sponsor g housen. Saturday morning, Mixon, along with Chef Robert from Café Provence in Brandon, teamed up with members of our own Jr. Iron Chefs, including team leaders Alonzo Paige and Matt Cole, at the Grand Summit Hotel, where guests were treated to samples of tomato pie from Chef Robert and a demonstration of meat injections and recipes from Mixon and samples of his famous pulled pork sliders. Saturday afternoon, the fifth annual Taste of the Deerfield Valley was the host for some of the Deerfield Valley’s finest restaurants and crafters from near and far. “Tastes” ranged from sausage stuffed baby portabella mushrooms to herbed risotto cake with local highland beef short ribs.
This event, like all of Celebrate the Valley’s events, would not have been possible without the tireless efforts of the staff of Celebrate the Valley Inc. and the many volunteers who were on hand during the event. We would like to thank The Deerfield Valley News for pre-event coverage; Bobby Edwards and TSN for their coverage of the Saturday morning demonstrations; photographer Ellen O’Connor; Gil Burns from WKVT; Jay McMahon, our roaming magician; Alonzo Paige, Matt Cole, and the Jr. Iron Chefs; Steven O’Hern and the staff of the Hermitage Inn; The Mount Snow Chamber of Commerce; and Terri Brissette, Monica Cichocki, and Kathleen MacLeod for the incredible job with the decorations for the Taste. A very special thank you to Kelly Pawlak, Vinnie Lewis, Greg Fisher, Carrie Lowell, Jennifer Gebhardt, and all at Mount Snow for their help and support once again. Celebrate the Valley would also like to thank Mryon Mixon and his assistant Scott Smith. Not only did they serve up world class barbecue, but both made themselves available to meet with and answer questions from everyone who attended these events, as well as pose for endless photographs. They were genuinely interested in our valley and the people who visit, live and work here, and we thank them for their graciousness. And to our sponsors, The Hermitage Inn, New England Tours Culinary Tours & Sugar Tours, Outside Television/Mount Snow TV 41, Classic Hits 92.7 WKVT, The Town of Dover/DEDC, and g.housen, we thank you for your contributions and continued support of Celebrate the Valley and our events.
Celebrate the Valley donates a portion of the proceeds from each of its events to local charities, and proceeds from this year’s ”Taste” will go to the Jr. Iron Chef program. Don’t miss the 24th annual International Time Line event, presented by the Living History Association and Celebrate the Valley, on Saturday and Sunday, October 2 and 3, at the Matterhorn Inn. Go to our web page www.celebratethevalley.com for more information.
Public Relations, Celebrate the Valley Inc.