PITTSFIELD, VT - Unique farm-to-table bicycling event, Farm to Fork Fondo – Vermont, will return to Riverside Farm in Pittsfield, July 15-16, 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.”
2017 routes, menus, and local farm partners will be confirmed in coming months, and online registration will open January 15, 2017.
ABOUT FARM TO FORK FONDO
Farm to Fork Fondo is a series of non-competitive cycling events in iconic farmland regions throughout the Northeastern United States. The mission of the Farm to Fork Fondo series is to highlight and support the symbiotic relationship between cyclists, farmers and beautiful landscapes. Ride options range from 10 to 100 miles, and include several on-farm aid stations where participants sample chef-prepared treats made from each farm’s ingredients. For more information, visit FarmForkFondo.com.
Farm to Fork Fondo partners include Colavita, Bianchi, Elite Performance Team, Maple Hill Creamery, GU Energy Labs, Vittoria, Stages, Stans No Tubes, Bar Mitts, Tetra Bike, Drink Maple, Cycliq, Ride With GPS, Velofix, CyclOps, Jakroo Custom Design, and Rudy Project.
June 11: Farm to Fork Fondo – Hudson Valley
June 25: Farm to Fork Fondo – Finger Lakes
July 16: Farm to Fork Fondo – Vermont
July 29: Farm to Fork Fondo – Pennsylvania Dutch
August 27: Farm to Fork Fondo – Maine
September 24: Farm to Fork Fondo – Berkshires
ABOUT WRENEGADE SPORTS
Wrenegade Sports produces the Farm to Fork Fondo event series. Wrenegade Sports was founded by former professional cyclist Tyler Wren with a mission to whip up perfect combinations of health, social good, community and fun into unique and awesome events. Wrenegade Sports' guiding principles are: to promote physical activity in a fun and supportive environment; to create achievable challenges for people of all ages and physical abilities; to leave our event host communities better than we found them and to use our events to do social good.
For more information, visit WrenegadeSports.com.
Wrenegade Sports Marketing & Production Manager