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Summervale

  • 4.5

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Summervale
180 Intervale Road
BurlingtonVT 05401
(802) 660-0440

Ages: 0 - 14+

Cost: Free - Admission is Free | Food and drink is extra

Parking: No

Features: Shade, Benches, Port-a-potty

Summervale celebrates community, Vermont farms, and local food. Each Thursday, join them to enjoy food and beverages from American Flatbread, Farmhouse Tap & Grill, Lake Champlain Chocolates, Three Tomatoes Trattoria, The Skinny Pancake, Sugarsnap, Adam's Berry Farm, Bluebird BBQ, Tom Girl, and guest vendors... Sample Slow Food Vermont tastings... Groove to local live music... and have fun with City Market food workshops and kids' activities!

See the full line-up here to see the weekly schedule for:

  • Slow Food Tasting
  • Music
  • City Market Activity
  • Guest Organization

 

Secure bike valet parking by Local Motion!

No dogs please.

 

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missmagpie

  • 5

Reviewed on 07/08/2011

Set in the gardens, adjacent to a large barn, it is dinner for 500. The setting is magical. There are kids running everywhere, families picnicking on blankets, and music playing in the background. There is a large pond with the perfect willow tree for climbing. Don't forget a net to see if you can catch a frog or two.

The event itself is free and there is plenty to do. There is a separate staffed kids craft area. The night we were there they were making musical instruments from recycled coffee cans and paper towel rolls. There is also an activity done by City Market. Last night everyone was making butter (or whipped cream - depending on how long you shook your jar).

You can bring your own food, but there is certainly plenty there for purchase from wonderful vendors. The line is the longest for American Flatbread ($1/slice). But there is also Mac & Cheese from The Essex ($3), crepes from Skinny Pancake ($5), and Burgers from Farmhouse Tap and Grill, which my daughter thought was divine. There were plenty of dessert choices too like Ice cream from Lake Champlain Chocolate ($3).

This was yet another wonderful "Vermonty" experience and we will definitely be back!
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NatashaVT

  • 5

Reviewed on 06/15/2014

Summervale is my favorite event of the year. It's like a community-wide picnic with amazing food vendors, great live music, and absolutely perfect ambiance. It's a magical experience for everyone- kids can run around, adults can have beers with friends or pop open a bottle of wine or bring a picnic or walk around and enjoy the music, food, and company. Favorites: Bluebird burgers, patriot pops (amazingly fresh popsicles) or gelato from Lake Champlain Chocolates, a few slices of pizza from Flatbread, and I also like trying things from the rotating cast of vendors that come throughout the summer. Everyone is welcome, everyone is happy, there's no charge. It's so lovely. Don't hesitate to go....more

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charlotteb

  • 5

Reviewed on 04/15/2014

Summervale is everything that Vermont in summer should be. My older kid runs barefoot through the grass, catches frogs in the pond, climb trees and manages about one bite of flatbread before rushing off to say hi to another friend. It's the best part of our week. It can get crowded and so there can be lines for the food but if you get there early it's easy to get food first and then play. There is always a craft do from City Market and a live band. THe burgers from Farmhouse are delicious and Flatbread is a winner of course. We have been going since it started and have watched this event grow and grow. My worry is that it is going to be a victim of its own success. ...more

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elzywick

  • 5

Reviewed on 08/18/2011

We had a blast this evening at Summervale! Bearquarium was amazing, the burgers, pizza, lemonade, ice cream...all delicious and I personally loved my blueberry cornmeal hand scrub from Cynthea's Spa. My kids loved racing and rolling around the lawn, looking for frogs in the pond and dancing to the great music. A perfect way to spend a beautiful, warm summer evening with the family!

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katiebug_1530

  • 5

Reviewed on 08/16/2011

what a great event! It free to the public when I went, The only charges were for food, the band was good, environment was laid back, only bathroom is a Large port-a-potty. the pond was majestic with the willow standing beside. remember your bug spray!

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Bizzybee

  • 5

Reviewed on 08/12/2011

Thanks Miss Magpie for the wonderful suggestion! My husband and I took our 6-month old to this last night...and it far exceeded any expectations we had! As per the suggestions of our friends, we got their early to set up our "spot" (just a couple blankets) and make sure we got food before the lines got too long. I was under the impression there was a $5 cover charge- but we weren't charged anything :) The Flatbread was just as delicious- if not more- as when you get it in the restaurant. We were able to get a couple of beers and slices with absolutely no wait (dinner for two in a picturesque and fun atmosphere for $15- not too shabby!!). The rest of the food looked delicious: burgers from The Farmhouse, ice cream from Lake Champlain Chocolates, etc. There was a funk band playing James Brown and lots of crowd-pleasing hits. Kids were running all around and clearly having a great time- especially near the crafting area. I loved seeing all of the bikes "parked" by the barn and if we didn't have an infant, it would have been such a great bikeride adventure. Although this event is ideal for kids 2-10ish (and I only say this because it is such a great space for them to run around), there were TONS of babies there as well...lots of shady spots for setting up a blanket and no need to worry about nursing in public!

I am SO glad we checked this out, and I am a little embarrassed that we had never been before, being as how it is so close, convenient, and reasonably priced. We we definately be back next week!
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colleen trinity

  • 5

Reviewed on 07/08/2011

I went with my husband and two boys 5 and 3 and we had a great time. The atmosphere was relaxed and the kids were able to run around, catch frogs, climb a tree. The food was delicious and reasonably priced or if you want you can pack a picnic. Yesterday they had a radish tasting which was yummy. We plan on going back! A nice night out with the family.

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nini

  • 4

Reviewed on 07/30/2010

They must have changed the pricing-we were charged $5 for our entire family which seems reasonable. The setting is amazing and super kid-friendly. But beware-you MUST get there early to get food. We arrived at 7pm to find all the pizza gone, Bluebird Tavern and GingerSnap were not even open and Skinny Pancake was near the end of serving. We did get some delicious Lake Champlain ice cream for our daughter.
The music and dancing were great and definitely something we will do again-either get there earlier or bring our own dinner....more

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JuneBug

  • 3

Reviewed on 07/09/2010

I would have given it five stars, but they are charging $5 per adult (kids free) just to get into this event--food is at an additional charge (and somewhat pricey, although Flatbread is $1/slice). It's a great atmosphere, setting, vibe, and great food. There are also some interesting vendors doing "green" activities, like teens from the Teen Center in Winooski making hand-picked, organic fruit popsicles and selling them as a fundraisor. You can also bring any extra produce you might have from a garden or farm share and donate it to a local organization that will be delivering it by bike to sites around Burlington. It's definately a fun time for kids (my 6 and 8 year old had a blast) and relaxing & fun for adults as well as an opportunity to connect with new people & ideas.
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