Stroll from store to store checking out the local food and wares
WILMINGTON- Saturday, July 20, from 5 to 7 pm will be the first of this summer’s Wilmington Village Strolls. The theme of the stroll is “eat local” and will feature many ways to sample and celebrate local food and beverages throughout the village. Jill Sachs will be performing live in Riverbank Park during the stroll, and shops will be open late around town.
Artists, led by local painter Ann Coleman, will be set up on the Crafts Inn Lawn on Saturday, July 20, from 11 am to 7 pm and Sunday, July 21, from 10 am to 5 pm.
Artist include Coleman, of Whitingham, with her pastels and prints of local scenes; painter Gary Mercier, of Wilmington and Port St. Lucie, FL; and fabric artist and painter Kathleen Kennedy, of Swanzey, NH.
At 5 pm they will be joined by local farm and food purveyors, selling and sampling their wares, including Boyd Family Farm, True North Granola, Shital’s Vegetarian Indian Food, and Lyman’s Pickles.
The Crafts Inn is located at 10 West Main Street, west of the traffic light, Route 9, downtown.
Be sure to stop into Bartleby’s Books to help them celebrate their 30th anniversary. Complimentary local food snacks, including cheese by Spoonwood Cabin Creamery, will be on offer throughout the evening. Next door, the Vermont House Wine Bar will host JVille Brewery.
Local Jr. Iron Chef teams will be set up for a live competition on the lawn between the Village Roost and Incurable Romantic. The Twin Valley Jr. Iron Chef program teaches kids about local food and nutrition by getting them in the kitchen. Students entering grades six and up can sign up to join a team and will get some coaching before joining with a group of seasoned Jr. Iron Chefs. Advance registration is required as spots are limited. Contact Shelley Park for more information or call (802) 681-6698.
Teams will be creating on-the-spot quesadilla combinations from a mystery ingredient bounty. The public is invited to watch the chefs at work, sample the results, and vote for their favorites with dollar bills. Competition begins at 5 pm with samples available between 6 and 7 pm.
Other shops will also feature snacks, specials or tastings, including a wine tasting at the Red Fox Shop and a tasting of local beer or spirits at Ratu’s Market.
Families will want to stop by Pettee Memorial Library, which is hosting an edible craft for kids from 5 to 7 pm, as well as face painting, on the lawn.
As the stroll winds down, continue down South Main Street to Buzzy Towne Park and follow the signs for the new Beaver Brook Trail to the Old School Community Center, where, from 6 to 8 pm, anyone can make a bike-powered fresh smoothie, sponsored by DVCP and OSEC. Take a peek inside to see the renovations and learn about all the things going on in the center.
For more information visit wilmingtonworksvt.com or the Wilmington Works Facebook page.