Slow Food and Fast Honky-Tonk: EATxNE Music Festival

We love local music. We love local food. We say it a lot, but it certainly can’t be overstated. Guess who else loves both? Higher Ground, located just up the road in Williston. They’ve paired up with the venerable Burlington institution the Skinny Pancake and brought you EATxNE this Sept. 19-21, a brand spanking new, three-day, family friendly, totally free food, beer, and music festival. Vermont’s farmers and chefs are bringing you harvest-fresh foods and goods, while nano-brewers from the Champlain Valley to the Northeast Kingdom to Green Mountain National Park will have the taps a-flowin’ with rare and delicious beverages. And how could we forget about the music line-up? Ranging from BTV pros Josh Panda & the Hot Damned, to up-and-comers like the Burlington Bread Boys, to national acts like the Felice Brothers, you’d best be packing your sturdiest boots for some serious foot-stomping, honky-tonk, down home goodness.

Green Mountain National Park

Don’t click away yet—that’s not all EATxNE has to offer! Over thirty free seminars will be offered over the course of the weekend to educate you on the sustainable, slow-food movement in Vermont, falling into one of three categories: Grow, Create, and Sell.

As if this event couldn’t get any better, Higher Ground and the Skinny Pancake’s goal is to raise over $20,000 for Burlington’s Intervale and ECHO Aquarium, as well as Slow Food Vermont, the Vermont Community Garden Network, and Vermont FEED (farm-to-school education). So eat liberally, dance merrily, and keep Vermont weird — and locally sourced!

All of this takes place downtown at the scenic Oakledge Park on the water, a quick bike or bus ride away from the Lang House.

Sign up for seminars and buy food & drink tickets on the EATxNE website.

And check out this clip of the Burlington Bread Boys down on Church Street!