As the summer winds down, there are still several things to look forward to: Apples, foliage, and a few end-of-summer events. One of these events that we don’t want you to miss is Eat X Northeast, an extravaganza of local food and drinks. Several of our favorite beverage companies will be there, including Switchback Brewing Company, Boyden Valley Winery, and Infinity Brewing Company. The festival is happening September 19-21 at Oakledge Park in Burlington, Vermont, giving the entire event a scenic backdrop.

Oh yeah, did we mention the festival is free?(!) All of the live music, classes and food testing are free. Three events are ticket only: Brewhaha (local beer and cider tastings), Beer & Chocolate Tasting, and The Great Harvest Supper. If you want to participate in these events that fill up fast, purchase tickets here.

Eat X Northeast is a family event – Although there will be plenty of adult beverages to consume, there will be kid-friendly programming all day Friday and Saturday, including nationally-acclaimed children’s performer Dan Zanes. There will be dozens of Vermont’s best farmers, chefs and food producers, working together to provide a unique and memorable menu for festival-goers. And let’s not forget the beer – There will be plenty of beverage choices from local breweries and cideries.

Looking for entertainment besides eating and drinking? No problem, there will be free live music all weekend long from acts such as Josh Panda and the Hot Damned, Hug Your Farmer, Ballroom Thieves, and more. The free music acts are accepting donations, with 100% of the money going to Vermont food non-profits.

If you’re into things like learning, Eat X Northeast is the place for you. There are over 30 free seminars throughout the weekend, taught by entrepreneurs, chefs, and other local figures. Classes included cooking demonstrations, pickling and preserving classes, ways to eat local on a budget, and more. The free seminars are accepting donations, with 100% of the money going to Vermont food non-profits.

This fun festival is a great way to come out and support Vermont’s talented and dedicated farmers, chefs, and brewers. Although the festival is happening rain or shine, we hope it’s a beautiful weekend and are excited to enjoy the breathtaking views of Lake Champlain from Oakledge Park.

Purchase tickets for the main events here and learn more information on their Website or Facebook Page.

Happy Drinking!