A festival all about the lowly Fiddlehead Fern, which is very tasty.

Mount Snow Valley Chamber of Commerce announces the Vermont Fiddlehead Festival, May 23-26

The foragers of wild edibles known as Fiddleheads, can be found across the globe. However, this seasonal delicacy, taking place in early to mid-May in Vermont, is most commonly harvested and eaten in the maritime provinces of Canada and in the northeastern United States, especially Maine and Vermont.

Wilmington, Vermont (April 28, 2014) – The Mount Snow Valley Chamber of Commerce announced the details for the upcoming Vermont Fiddlehead Festival to be held May 23, through May 26, 2014.

The emerald green stems of newborn ostrich ferns (Matteuccia struthiopteris) mark the onset of spring in Vermont. The foragers of wild edibles known as Fiddleheads, can be found across the globe. However, this seasonal delicacy, taking place in early to mid-May in Vermont, is most commonly harvested and eaten in the maritime provinces of Canada and in the northeastern United States, especially Maine and Vermont – some even consider it to be the state vegetable of Vermont.

The producers of the Vermont Wine and Harvest Festival are excited to bring this new event to Southern Vermont on Memorial Day weekend Saturday, May 24 and Sunday, May 25th. The main event will be held under a tent in West Dover, VT (183 Vermont Rte. 100), on Saturday, May 24, offering Vermont merchandise of all types. The holiday weekend has always been a favorite of second homeowners and frequent visitors of Vermont for the many attractions and events taking place. The Mount Snow Valley calendar of events for the weekend can be found at www.vistvermont.com or www.vermontfiddleheadfestival.com.

Admission is $5.00 per person, $10.00 per family.

The Vermont Fiddlehead Festival celebrates the products, food, art, crafters and residents of Vermont. The Festival will be another opportunity for artisans from across Vermont to come together to showcase their crafts. Vintners, artists, distillers, publishers, cheese makers, weavers, potters, jewelers, chefs, photographers, farmers, chocolatiers, demonstrations. All Vermont businesses are welcome to participate in this showcase for Vermont in the southern Green Mountains.

The event will feature a merchant’s row, live entertainment, commercial children’s “Bouncy Houses,” a Fiddlehead cooking contest with $500 in cash prizes, a Fiddling contest with $500 cash prizes, Vermont artists on display, Fiddlehead cooking class, food and more. On Sunday there will be a Block Party held in Wilmington Village, 5 pm to 8 pm. The block party will feature The Vermont Fiddlehead Festival Salsa Cooking Contest with $500 cash prizes, live entertainment and a merchant’s row featuring Vermont crafts, foods and products.

The festival was created to be a destination event and is promoted and packaged to spring travelers, day trippers, and Vermonters. Complimentary events will once again take place throughout the Mount Snow Valley, including the Vermont Chocolate Festival held in Halifax at Honora Winery Vineyards, Vermont’s Open Studio Weekend, Wilmington’s own Duck Race, and Memorial Day parades, barbecues and celebrations.

www.Vermontfiddleheadfestival.com

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