Get Ready To Trek And Taste
The sixth annual Trek to Taste will be held this Saturday, June 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park. Each year, this popular event on National Trails Day has attracted people from across the region to celebrate local trails and healthy food in Vermont’s only National Park and Woodstock’s Billings Park. The festivities are free and open to the public.
Trek to Taste offers the unique opportunity to get to know local farms by sampling fresh food, all while enjoying the beauty of our community trails. Start at the National Park Forest Center where students from 15 area schools will display their farm to school research of local farms and offer samples made with local ingredients. Hop onto a bike powered smoothie blender and make your very own walking stick with a Park Ranger. You can grab a map or join a guided hike to any of four destinations, each offering samples of local food.
Take the gentle half mile walk to the community arts center, ArtisTree, to make your own bandana, and then head across the road to Mount Tom Farmer’s Market to sample and purchase the freshest foods direct from local farmers.
If you choose to go the “extra mile or two” a two-mile loop will take you to the Nordic Hut where local students from Woodstock Union Middle and High School will offer tastings of wood fired pizza. After trying the pizza, join in with fun, family-friendly activities.
For a heartier hike, follow the carriage roads for a 4.5-mile round trip to the South Peak overlook where Sustainable Woodstock will be serving gourmet samplings from local farms and area producers.
Along the way, you can take a rest at the Pogue, a tranquil mountain pond on the way to South Peak, where representatives from local trail stewardship organizations will provide trail snacks and insight on trail stewardship. Trekkers can also capture their adventures and share them through the local Green Mountain Digital Yonder app with tags #TrektoTaste to win prizes for best event photo.
An ice cream social with music from CarterGlass will finish the day from 1-3 p.m. at the Forest Center. During this time, the second annual Annette C. Compton Fiertz Trail Stewardship award will be presented to an individual or organization nominated for their dedication and efforts in trail stewardship in Woodstock, and the first annual Upper Valley Farm to School Champion award will be announced.
Trek to Taste is made possible by the work of many partners dedicated to local trails and local foods. For more information on the event visit www.trektotaste.info or call (802) 457-3368 ext. 22.
Pizza is served by the Woodstock Union Middle/High School Farm to School club at last year’s Trek to Taste event.
National Park Service Photos