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Culinary Delights

One way to explore the Lake Champlain region is to take it all in bite by bite. Visit the very best of our culinary world to experience local food like never before. And when you’re done dining on all our delights, take some home to friends and family who couldn’t make it here themselves.

breakfast plates

Breakfast And Bakeries

In the early morning, grab a Cup of Joe and a hearty breakfast at the Parkway Diner – South Burlington’s classic 1950s diner car serving fresh and local favorites like homemade corned beef hash and cinnamon French toast. For Saturday and Sunday brunch, venture to Chef’s Corner in Williston, an international café known for its Crunchy Cakes, fresh fruit tarts, and more. Muffins, scones, and an organic juice bar await at New Moon Café in downtown Burlington. Or head to August First for European-style from-scratch breads and pastries where you won’t want to walk out the door without trying the signature Hungarian roll filled with walnut meringue.

coffee and a scone

Taste On A Tour

Head back in time to connect the history of Burlington’s early ethnic groups to their food traditions, when farm-to-table was a way of life, on Burlington’s Edible History Tour. During a 1.5-mile walk, you’ll discover the local ethnic history and rich food traditions of the area by sampling tasty bites along the way. The sweetest tour in town is at the Lake Champlain Chocolates factory where you can sit back, relax, and enjoy a variety of free samples or take a self-guided walk of the factory floor to see how all the magic happens!

Chocolate Truffles

Learn From The Experts

Take the skills of the Vermont kitchen home with you. Want to impress your friends at your next dinner party? Learn from highly-experienced and renown Vermont chefs at The Essex Resort & Spa’s cooking classes. They’ll teach you how to chop and saute like a pro. Go home with more than tantalizing recipes but the confidence and skills to become the expert of your kitchen.

The Essex Cooking Classes

Dinner Done Right

Spend a night out on the town treating your taste buds to an assortment of culinary pleasures at upscale establishments and corner hangouts.  For upscale, locally sourced seafood and farm-fresh American dishes served in a sophisticated atmosphere, look no further than Bleu Northeast Seafood on the corner of Battery and Cherry Streets, hailed as Burlington’s Little Italy. Enjoy a Neapolitan pizza cooked to blistering perfection in a 900-degree wood-fired oven or sample other exceptional Italian cuisine at Pizzeria Verità. You’ll love the light, thin crust and short baking times. Farm-to-taco Mexican staples and clever margaritas are in store at El Cortijo Taqueria Y Cantina, the narrow 1950s diner with a tequila bar nestled in the Bank Street block between Church and Center Streets

Scallops on a plate

Take Home A Sampling Of Vermont

Nobody wants to leave the Lake Champlain region without bringing home some treats to friends and family who weren’t lucky enough to get here. Swing by Cheese & Wine Traders, the family-owned specialty food store offering a vast selection of wine, cheese, Vermont products, and discounted everyday gourmet foods. Dakin Farm is just around the corner and also specializes in great gift samplers of Vermont food products and meats like sausage, bacon, and ribs. For more smoked meats including mouth-watering spiral hams and corn cob smoked turkey breast, visit Harrington’s of Vermont in Richmond.

cheese wheels

Did you know?

A little over 100 years ago, there were actually more cows in Vermont than people. Nowadays, there is one cow for every 3.8 Vermonters, the most per capita in the U.S., and they produce 65 percent of all the milk in New England. That goes a long way towards the delicious dairy products we all love like cheese, ice cream, yogurt, and butter.

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For a fun night out on the town with a loved one, enjoy this carefully crafted evening experience for two under the stars.

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