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click to enlarge A sugarhouse in Huntington - FILE: BRIAN MOHR
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  • A sugarhouse in Huntington

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Maple Open House Weekend

According to the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Association, the long history of maple syrup begins with a legend about a native chief. After returning home from hunting, the chief threw his tomahawk into the trunk of a sugar maple tree. Warmed by the spring sun, sap ran out.

Over the centuries, the sugaring tradition has evolved to more advanced methods of tapping, collection and boiling — and Vermont has become the largest producer of maple syrup in the United States. Visitors can learn about the journey from sap to syrup at the annual Maple Open House Weekend. Sugarhouses across the state offer a range of activities, from tours of the sugarbush to syrup tastings. Make sure to sample sugar on snow: hot maple syrup poured over clean snow — often with a side of sour pickle!

Saturday and Sunday, March 25 and 26, at participating sugarhouses statewide.

Vermont Restaurant Week

click to enlarge Bluebird Barbecue in Burlington - COURTESY OF BLUEBIRD BARBECUE
  • Courtesy Of Bluebird Barbecue
  • Bluebird Barbecue in Burlington

Vermont's food scene goes far beyond Ben & Jerry's ice cream, and word is getting out. The state topped a 2016 "locavore index" by food-advocacy organization Strolling of the Heifers, which ranks states by their commitment to local food production and consumption. And Vermont has long been home to the most brewers and cheesemakers per capita in the country.

Want a taste of the vibrant foodie culture? Vermont Restaurant Week offers the best bang for your buck, dishing out three-course, prix-fixe menus at more than 100 participating eateries across the state. Burlington alone serves up everything from down-home barbecue to elegant French fare.

Make sure to save room for edible events, including a cocktail kickoff, culinary pub quiz and brunch finale. The cherry on top? Restaurant Week supports the Vermont Foodbank, which works to feed the hungry year-round.

Friday through Sunday, April 21 through 30, at participating restaurants statewide.

Open Studio Weekend

click to enlarge Pottery by Jean Meinhardt
  • Pottery by Jean Meinhardt

Glance at the well-adorned walls of most Burlington coffee shops, and you'll quickly see that the visual arts are alive and well. That fact is celebrated every spring and fall, when the Vermont Craft Council organizes a statewide Open Studio Weekend.

It's a time when Vermont craftspeople throw open their studio doors and welcome visitors to see art in action. Whether it's Richmond artist Jean Meinhardt putting a high-fired crystalline glaze on her porcelain pottery or Underhill steel sculptor Gerald K. Stoner carrying on the craft of his ancestors — who worked at steel mills in the Midwest — these everyday activities offer a rare glimpse into the creative process.

For a full list of participating artists and a map, visit the Vermont Craft Council website.

Saturday and Sunday, May 27 and 28, at participating art venues statewide.

Maple Open House Weekend

click to enlarge A sugarhouse in Huntington - FILE: BRIAN MOHR
  • File: Brian Mohr
  • A sugarhouse in Huntington

Selon l'Association des acériculteurs du Vermont, la longue histoire du sirop d'érable vient d'une légende amérindienne. On dit qu'un chef autochtone, rentrant de la chasse, planta son tomahawk dans le tronc d'un érable. Dans la chaleur naissante du printemps, de la sève se mit à couler...

Au fil des siècles, la tradition acéricole a évolué grâce au perfectionnement des méthodes d'entaillage, de récolte et d'ébullition — et le Vermont est devenu le plus important producteur de sirop d'érable aux États-Unis. Les visiteurs peuvent se renseigner sur la transformation de la sève en sirop lors de l'annuel Maple Open House Weekend. Partout dans l'État, les cabanes à sucre offrent une foule d'activités, comme des visites d'érablières et des dégustations de sirop. Ne manquez pas de goûter la fameuse tire, qu'on obtient en versant du sirop bien chaud sur de la neige immaculée — et qu'on accompagne souvent, au Vermont, d'un cornichon mariné!

Les samedi et dimanche 25 et 26 mars, dans les cabanes à sucre participantes du Vermont.

Vermont Restaurant Week

click to enlarge Bluebird Barbecue in Burlington - COURTESY OF BLUEBIRD BARBECUE
  • Courtesy Of Bluebird Barbecue
  • Bluebird Barbecue in Burlington

La crème glacée Ben & Jerry's est loin d'être le seul attrait gastronomique du Vermont... et la bonne nouvelle se répand! À preuve, l'État figure en tête de liste du guide des locavores 2016 de Strolling of the Heifers, un organisme de promotion des bonnes pratiques alimentaires qui classe les États selon leur engagement envers la production et la consommation d'aliments locaux. Il faut savoir que le Vermont est depuis longtemps l'endroit où l'on trouve le plus de brasseurs et de fromagers par habitant au pays.

Si vous souhaitez mieux connaître cette culture gourmande, la Semaine des restaurants du Vermont vous en offre pour votre argent : plus de 100 restaurants participants proposent des menus trois services à prix fixe. À Burlington seulement, vous trouverez de tout, des grillades maison sans prétention jusqu'aux plats les plus raffinés de la cuisine française.

Gardez-vous de la place pour les événements gourmets, comme le cocktail de lancement, le jeu-concours culinaire et le brunch de clôture. Pour couronner le tout, la Semaine des restaurants soutient la banque alimentaire du Vermont, qui procure des vivres aux moins nantis tout au long de l'année.

Du vendredi 21 avril au dimanche 30 avril, dans les restaurants participants du Vermont.

Open Studio Weekend

click to enlarge Pottery by Jean Meinhardt
  • Pottery by Jean Meinhardt

Il suffit d'admirer les murs superbement ornés de la plupart des cafés de Burlington pour constater que les arts visuels sont bien vivants dans la ville! C'est cet amour de l'art que le Vermont Craft Council célèbre chaque printemps et chaque automne en organisant l'Open Studio Weekend partout dans l'État.

À cette occasion, les artisans du Vermont ouvrent les portes de leurs studios et invitent les visiteurs à les regarder travailler. Qu'il s'agisse de Jean Meinhardt, une artiste de Richmond qui recouvre ses porcelaines d'un vernis cristallin chauffé à très haute température, ou encore de Gerald K. Stoner, un sculpteur d'acier d'Underhill qui perpétue l'art de ses ancêtres aciéristes du Midwest, toutes ces activités quotidiennes permettent d'observer le processus de création dans des circonstances privilégiées.

Pour obtenir la liste complète des artistes participants et une carte des lieux à visiter, allez sur le site Web du Vermont Craft Council.

Les samedi et dimanche 27 et 28 mai, dans les établissements participants du Vermont.

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