Arts Festival Highlights Bennington Arts Weekend

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logo-sv-w-website-webFor the fourth consecutive year the Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival will be the jewel in the crown of an ever expanding Bennington Arts Weekend. The Art and Craft Festival will be held at Camelot Village on Route 9 about two miles west of downtown. 150 artists, artisans, and specialty food producers will showcase their creations under enormous gleaming white Camelot tents. Along with craft shopping, the ambiance is festive: live music, craft demos, kids activities, and a food court serving a menu to please any palate and featuring Vermont craft beers.

Several Bennington organizations work together to in staging the Arts Weekend; The Bennington Chamber of Commerce, Better Bennington Corporation, Bennington Potters, Cultural Bennington Arts Council, and The Four Corners North group including Hawkins House Craftsmarket, The Tap House at Catamount Glass, the Bennington Banner, as well as other galleries,  the Bennington Museum, and The Old Castle Theatre Company.

While the Southern Vermont Art & Craft Festival is taking place at Camelot Village, the town of Bennington is busy and bustling with Vermont craft beer on tap and food vendors offering local farm to table fare. All this in the beautiful atmosphere that only Southern Vermont can offer. On Friday downtown is alive with First Friday. On Saturday, August 6, the Homebrew Festival takes place at The Four Corners North with a free shuttle running to the craft show at Camelot Village. Check the Better Bennington website for a complete schedule

The Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival runs 10-5 on Friday and Saturday and 10-4 on Sunday. Adult admission is $8 and kids and parking are free. All Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival details can be found at www.craftproducers.com.

Come spend the weekend in Bennington! Enjoy Vermont’s first town. Visit the Festivals, eat good food, drink good beer, walk the downtown. Breath the air, relax, and become a Vermonter!

Vermont Art and Craft Festivals and Events

Watermelon Salad from Seven Barrels

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Summer in the North Country is a marvelous thing, but even here it does get hot. And there’s truly no better food on a summer afternoon than watermelon… unless it is watermelon and cucumber, with some ripe tomatoes warm from the garden, a crumble of goat cheese, a few sprigs of fresh basil…
This delightful salad recipe is brought to you from the good folks at Seven Barrels, purveyors of olive oils and aged Italian balsamics and one of the fabulous Specialty Foods Exhibitors at the Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival, starting this Friday (July 31) and happening all weekend at Camelot Village in beautiful Bennington, VT!
 
WATERMELON SALAD
1/2 seedless watermelon, cubed
2 ripe red tomatoes, cubed
1 English cucumber, cubed
4 oz goat cheese, crumbled
2 Tbsp basil, chopped
1/2 c arugula, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
For dressing
1/4 c Prickly Pear Balsamic Vinegar
1 Tbsp Lime Olive Oil
1 Tbsp Basil Olive Oil
In a small bowl, jar, or container, mix the vinegar and oils for the dressing – whisk (or shake, if using a lidded jar or container) well and set aside.
Cube, crumble, and chop salad ingredients and add to a large serving bowl. Lightly toss to mix. Drizzle dressing over the top and gently toss again to coat. Serve immediately and enjoy!

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Design Your Own Silk Scarf!

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Paint on water and create your own gorgeous silk scarf with Shibumi Silks at the Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival.

 

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Richard Borden and Patricia DeSantis are the dynamic duo behind Shibumi Silks – creating custom designed water marbled silk scarves and drawing crowds with their demonstrations and interactive booth display.

Visit Shibumi Silks at the Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival to try your hand at painting with ink on water, marbling, and ultimately creating your own one-of-a-kind marbled silk scarf: a masterpiece of color and texture! Shibumi Silks will have their entire set-up waiting for you to choose your ink colors and scarf style and they will guide you in every step of this fascinating creative process! Look for their booth in the outdoor courtyard.

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photo credit: Shibumi Silks

Spirited Away

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First it was cheese. Then craft beer. Now it’s distilled spirits. And like Vermont Cheese and Vermont Craft Beers, Vermont Spirits are winning awards and raising the bar (no pun intended) for whiskey, rum, rye, vodka, and gin.

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At the Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival, we are very pleased to welcome five fabulous distilled spirits Exhibitors:

Whistle Pig 100% Rye Whiskey – Award winning and one of the best whiskeys in the world.

Dunc’s Mill – the longest running distillery in Vermont, distilling small batches of rum made from scratch.

Saxton’s River Distillery – featuring Maple Liqueur, Maple Bourbon, and Maple Rye.

Caledonia Spirits – award winning gin and vodka made with honey.

Appalachian Gap – making a variety of spirits from their solar powered distillery.

Appalachian Gap Distillery

Samples will be available at the Festival, and you can purchase your favorites right on the spot and take the bottles home to enjoy later with friends and family. Gift shopping? look no further! These wonderfully crafted spirits will please even the most discerning palette.

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First and last photo via Whistle Pig Whiskey, Middle photo via Appalachian Gap Distillery

CERF’s “At the Ready” Fund

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For 30 years, the Craft Emergency Relief Fund, or CERF+, has helped artists get back on their feet after personal and natural disasters. Providing immediate financial aid through grants, no-interest loans, access to resources, waivers and discounts on booth fees, and donations of craft supplies and equipment, CERF+ allows artists from all over the USA to get back on their feet and back to creating.

Donations to CERF+’s “At the Ready” Fund will be matched by the Windgate Charitable Foundation. Help support American Artists and keep our creative economy strong. Donate to CERF+ today!