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From that famed Vermont syrup to fresh-from-the-farm goods, here are Forbes Travel Guide’s picks for the five best Burlington food experiences:
1. Visiting a maple syrup sugarhouse. You’ll find these spots cooking up the sweet stuff in March and April, but if you miss the spring window, Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks (about 45 minutes southeast of the city) is open year-round and offers a good overview of the process.
2. Tasting the street food at Church Street Marketplace. Food carts sell everything from steamed dumplings to sausages, but you won’t want to miss the fresh kettle corn.
3. Having dinner on a farm. Intervale Farm in Burlington schedules suppers featuring locally grown fare. You can also head 25 minutes south of the city to Pizza on Earth in Charlotte for a sublime summer evening experience next to Stony Loam Farm.
4. Eating a “creemee.” Use the local New England term for soft-serve ice cream cones, which are ubiquitous around Vermont all summer long.
5. Taking a picnic to the top of Camel’s Hump. Even a PB&J tastes like gourmet fare after a hike to the summit of this peak. Take your picnic to a luxe level by packing local cheese, meat, fruits and veggies from the Burlington Farmers’ Market.