What are the best Northern Vermont food experiences?

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Larry Olmsted

Vermont takes both the production and consumption of food very seriously, with a focus on the natural, organic, artisanal and chemical free. The five best dining experiences recommended by Forbes Travel Guide in Northern Vermont are:
 
1. A breakfast with lots of maple syrup. Vermont is famous for its maple syrup, and nearly any breakfast will do the trick. Order up pancakes, waffles or French toast and pour liberally.
 
2. A visit to A&W in Middlebury. Head to this A&W Root Beer outpost — the last of its kind — where the drive-in eatery has car hops deliver hooked trays directly to your window. It is only open from spring to fall, so make sure to head over in warmer months.
 
3. An ice cream tasting. Some say Vermont has more cows than people, making ice cream de rigueur. Ben & Jerry’s is headquartered in Waterbury and visitors can tour and taste their way through the factory. Got a hankering for more? Visit Strafford Organic Creamery, Leonardo’s Gelato or Island Homemade Ice Cream.
 
4. An apple picking experience. Growing apples is a passion in Vermont, especially the heirloom varieties. In the fall, many orchards offer pick-your-own apples and apple pies.  Head to Cold Hollow Cider Mill outside Stowe, where you can watch apple pressing, sample hot and cold ciders or chow down on fresh apple donuts.
 
5. Cheese. Vermont has more cheese makers per capita than any state, as well as the nation’s largest cheese aging cave. Cabot Cheese, a cooperative of Vermont dairy farmers, earns awards for best cheddar and has a large public tasting room just outside of Stowe.

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