MIDD SUMMER FESTIVAL patrons sample a variety of local cheeses at a Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op table last year. Cheese, wine, beer, cider and many other local products will again be available for tasting at this year’s festival, scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 3, in the Marble Works.
Independent file photo/Trent Campbell
MIDDLEBURY — The Midd Summer Festival committee is in the final stages of planning for its third annual festival, to take place in the historic Marble Works District on Saturday, Aug. 3, from 3-7 p.m.
This year’s Midd Summer Festival will build on the overwhelming success of the past two years, when lovers of beer, wine, cheese, cider and music have gathered to celebrate some of the state’s finest products. The festival will feature around 30 of Vermont’s best breweries, vineyards and distilleries as well as some of the state’s top artisanal cheese makers. In addition, there will be food vendors, and producers providing samples and showcasing their products.
The event includes live music from four featured bands, each providing a different mood for the festival. Hollis Brown, hailing from Brooklyn, N.Y., is described as a timeless funky blues band that blends Southern rock with a lyrical relevancy that ties in a modern pop theme. Also performing will be Vermont-based “groovegrass” threesome Jatoba; Cajun dance band Yankee Chank, who will introduce a traditional dance jam from southern Louisiana; and Middlebury local Mark Daly with an acoustic set of guitar and vocal tunes.
Proceeds from the event help benefit the Vermont Food Bank, the Addison County Firefighters, and the Better Middlebury Partnership.
Tickets for those 21 and over wishing to sample alcohol are $25 ($20 in advance), and $5 for those not purchasing drinking tickets or those under the age of 21; children younger than 6 are free. Adult tickets include admission to the event, a souvenir beer or wine sampling glass, 10 tasting tokens and unlimited sampling of cheeses.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.middsummerfestival.com or at the following retail locations: Noonie Deli, Two Brothers Tavern, Middlebury Inn, Clementine, and Skihaus.
Many exhibitors will have bottled product for purchase. Also for sale will be T-shirts and souvenir bags that will be packaged with coupons and brochures from area businesses.