Autumn in Vermont is glorious. The air turns crisp and the landscape is bright with beautiful fall foliage. Fall festivals take place just about every weekend in September and October. Here are a few highlights:
Vermont Life Wine & Harvest Festival
Wilmington – Sept. 25-27, 2009
The Mount Snow Valley Chamber of Commerce and Vermont Life Magazine present this culinary festival, now in its second year. Enjoy chef cooking demonstrations, wine and food tastings, live music, craft vendors, cheesemakers, art exhibits and more. Friday 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.TheVermontFestival.com.
Peru – Sept. 26, 2009
Join more than 100 vendors at the 28th annual Peru Fair. The event includes the fair’s famous pig roast, as well as local artisans, farmers, crafters, live music, food, hay rides, a parade, children’s activities and more. Parking available at Bromley Mountain. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The fair will be held in Peru Village, located off Route 11. For details, visit www.manchestervermont.net.
Vermont Fine Furniture & Woodworking Festival
Woodstock – Sept. 26-27, 2009
Vermont’s Fine Furniture & Woodworking Festival showcases Vermont artists-in-wood and their commitment to keeping traditional skills and crafts alive. Browse the displays, make purchases, chat with woodworkers, or see them at work carving, turning, and crafting their wares. For more information, visit www.vermontwoodfestival.org.
The Old Fashioned Harvest Market
Underhill – September 26-27, 2009
The Old Fashioned Harvest Market, started in 1975, is a family community event that attracts more than 10,000 visitors each year. The event features crafts, hay rides, flea market, a silent auction, parade, cider, baked goods, jams, pizza, cotton candy and much more. Route 15. For more information, visit www.unitedchurchofunderhill.com/Activities/HarvestMarket.
Fall Foliage Festival
Northeast Kingdom– Sept. 27-Oct. 3, 2009
Seven Vermont villages invite visitors to celebrate rural life against a spectacular backdrop of orange, red and yellow leaves. Seven unique festivals take place in seven towns over seven different days. The villages of St. Johnsbury, Walden, Cabot, Plainfield, Peacham, Barnet and Groton each host the festival for a day, in that order. For more information, visit www.nekchamber.com.