Farm to Fork Fondo, a unique farm-to-table bicycling event, will return to Riverside Farm in Pittsfield, Vermont on July 15 and 16, 2017.
The event features gourmet aid stations on farms throughout Central Vermont with chef-prepared food made from each farm’s ingredients. The 2016 edition of Farm to Fork Fondo – Vermont drew nearly 500 cyclists to the region from more than 25 states, and highlighted 8 local farms.
The event generated an estimated $425,000 in local economic impact, and made over $3,000 in charitable contributions to local organizations, including The Stockbridge Historical Meeting House, Vermont Foodbank, Rutland Area Farm And Food Link, Vermont Farmers Food Center, The Agricultural Stewardship Association, and Ripton Community Church.
“One of our core goals is to encourage a richer mutual understanding between farmers and consumers”, says Tyler Wren, Farm to Fork Fondo event director, and founder of Burlington-based Wrenegade Sports. “We want participants to appreciate Vermont’s rural beauty, but also see firsthand where their food comes from, and give farmers a chance to feel better understood by the general public. Many of our participants live in urban areas, and this may be one of the only opportunities they have to meet the families who invest a lifetime in feeding the rest of us.”
Riverside Farm will host a gourmet “Meet the Farmers Dinner” on Saturday July 15, and serve as the start-finish venue on July 16.
“Riverside Farm is thrilled to be hosting Farm to Fork Fondo again in 2017,” said general manager Peter Borden. “It’s our favorite event of the summer. We love how it brings together and highlights our vendors like Vermont Farms Catering, our neighboring communities, local artisans and our farmer neighbors. Riverside is always excited to be a part of this special event.”
Online registration will open on Sunday January 15, 2017.
For more information, visit FarmForkFondo.com.
2016 Event Photos