WYSIWYG is a new Vermont festival dedicated to celebrating the best of healthy living at the peak of Summer. Connecting food providers with world-class music, entertainment and education means a packed program. WYSIWYG is being held August 23-24, 2014 on the grounds of Burlington College overlooking Lake Champlain. What are you excited about seeing, eating and experiencing? Here’s our picks:
11. Farmstead Tent
Vermont leads the nation in farmers markets per capita. This Healthy Living Market presented event gives the public a chance to hear farmers speak about the importance of CSA programs and GMO labeling, and engage in discussion about the organic food movement, food industry challenges and much more.
10. Chef + Farmer: Woodbelly Pizza & Provender Farm
WYSIWYG picked the farmers, and the farmers picked the chefs. Their menus will be the star of the show. Farm-fresh ingredients + a mobile pizza oven = amazing. Cabot-based Provender Farm and Woodbelly Pizza have got that essential equation figured out, and will be firing up their delicious flatbread featuring organic vegetables and humanely raised meats.
9. Sweets and Treats
Vermonters know how to satisfy a craving for sweet, savory delights. The Sweets and Treats event highlights the state’s diverse offerings, from the sophisticated tones of artisan cheeses to the ka-pow flavor of a good old maple creeme. Don’t forget the kettle corn, cider doughnuts, Ben & Jerry’s samples, and much more. Yum!
8. Moon Hooch
Brooklyn-based Moon Hooch trio (two sax players and a drummer) were noticed on a subway platform by Mike Doughty, and toured with Soul Coughing. Ever since, audiences of modern bipeds like us feel the urge to move in time with their signature “cave music:” an organic, jazz-based take on electronic dance tracks.
7. Chef + Farmer: Kistmet Kitchen & Dog River Farm
Berlin-based Dog River organic farms chose Montpelier staple Kismet Kitchen to work with. Kismet chef Crystal Maderia has wowed eaters from around the country with her sophisticated dishes of local, seasonal produce and meats. This is one team not to be missed.
6. Local Craft Brewery Tent
Showcasing the state’s industry-leading talent, brewer-curated programming covers the businesses, the processes, and the innovations (including Magic Hat and Purpose Energy’s collaboration to turn brewing waste in sustainable energy) that are, ahem, hopping up. Not to mention taps featuring Drop in Brewing, Zero Gravity Brewing, Foley Brothers, Lost Nation, Alchemist’s Heady Topper (voted world’s best IPA) and many more.
Put your feet on autopilot with the Burlington-based groove act Barkia. Drawing on the poly rhythmic music of Mali, the hypnotic sound of the ensemble leader Craig Myers’ “ngoni” will inspire even the most reluctant dancers.
4. Chef + Farmer: Hen of the Wood & Pete's Greens
No small wonder that Pete Johnson, the namesake of Pete’s Greens, a keystone to the agricultural revival of the Northeast Kingdom, chose Hen of the Woods. Chefs Eric Warnstedt and Will MacNeil consistently turn out nationally-award winning cuisine, making this pairing a potential headliner of the whole event.
3. Anais Mitchell
Vermont-based, award-winning singer-songwriter Anais Mitchell has recorded for Ani Difranco’s Righteous Babe Records and produced her own folk opera take on the Orpheus myth. Pull up a chair and get lost in the beauty and emotional depth of her live performance.
2. Lakefront Location
One of the most spectacular players at WYSIWYG is already backstage. Situated at Burlington College, the festival is right on Lake Champlain. More than just a spectacular backdrop, this location is the perfect place to take a break from the show with a quick dip in the Lake.
1. Lee Fields
“Classic” is a truly applicable title for a R&B recording artist that’s been at it since 1969. Lee Fields earned his truly funky pedigree playing around the world with legendary acts like Kool and the Gang, and is sure to rock the Vermont house with his dapper stage presence and infectiously danceable music.