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Mad River Taste Place Offers Vermont-Made Products


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When it has its grand opening on Thursday, August 10, the Mad River Taste Place, at 89 Mad River Green in Waitsfield, will offer beer, butter, cheese, cider, bread, chocolate and other goods from more than 100 Vermont producers, many of them located in the Mad River Valley.

The 3,600-square-foot Taste Place is the brainchild of Robin Morris, who is also the founder of the Mad River Food Hub, Waitsfield's food processing, storage and distribution facility. He considers the new biz, where consumers can sample, pair and purchase foods made at the Hub and elsewhere, a logical next step.

"It's a curated experience where people can taste the products, learn about the products and purchase the products," Morris said. "What we're trying to do is ... [help the producers] market these products."

The Taste Place has partnered with the Vermont Cider Makers Association and is the new headquarters of the Vermont Cheese Council. That means you can expect to find ciders there from all of Vermont's producers and cheeses from nearly all of its 56 cheesemakers, save those too small to offer a ready supply. "It's the one place in Vermont where people can see all of these cheeses," Morris said.

He added that the highly trained staffers can speak in detail about the products and their producers, which should be helpful to visitors who are picking out products to go, or sticking around to eat sample plates of cheeses and charcuterie. For the latter, the high-ceilinged space offers 13 seats around a communal table.

Because the Taste Place has a liquor license, those plates can be paired with cider, brews from Lawson's Finest Liquids or liquor from Mad River Distillers.

Picnic, anyone?

The original print version of this article was headlined "Tastes of Place"