Attention Chester Voters! Town Eating Day Wednesday, February 29th:

Rural Vermont Hosts a “Leap for Local” Food Tasting and Info Session about Chester’s Food Sovereignty Town Meeting Day Resolution

On Wednesday, February 29th from 6-8 pm, Rural Vermont hosts Town Eating Day for the Chester community at the Fullerton Inn & Restaurant, located on the Village Green of Chester. All Chester residents are invited to review the Food Sovereignty Resolution as it will appear on Chester’s Town Meeting Day ballot while enjoying a “Leap for Local” food tasting featuring the bounty of local farms and prepared by the Fullerton Inn’s Chef James. Donations will be welcomed. Please RSVP for planning purposes by either calling Rural Vermont at (802) 223-7222 or emailing

The “Leap for Local” tasting will highlight some of the many farm and food producers in the greater Chester community. A Farmer Showcase in the lobby of the Fullerton Inn will provide an opportunity for Chester residents to meet and mingle with area farmers, including Jersey Girls Dairy, Winterview Farm, Springmore Farm, and Coger’s Sugarhouse Garden.

Over the course of the evening, and during the local food tasting, Chester residents can participate in an informal discussion with Rural Vermont staff about Chester’s “Food Sovereignty” resolution and its potential impacts on the Chester community and the state of Vermont. Find out what can be done to ensure this important declaration of support for “Vermonters Feeding Vermonters” passes on Town Meeting Day.

Folks will also have the opportunity to learn more about the larger, statewide Vermonters Feeding Vermonters campaign, which draws together all of Rural Vermont’s past and current agricultural policy issues under the common thread of food sovereignty. The principles of food sovereignty call for food for all people that is healthy and accessible, valuing our food providers, and localizing our food system as well as the decisions that are made around it. As part of this campaign, Rural Vermont is working with towns, such as Chester, to pass Town Meeting Day resolutions that will prioritize the interests of communities over those of the corporate food regime.

The Fullerton Inn & Restaurant is generously donating the space for this special event and Head Chef James Beliveau his expertise towards making this a hospitable and delicious event. The Fullerton Inn & Restaurant is located on the historic and picturesque Village Green of Chester and offers luxurious accommodations and dining for visitors as well as catering for special events. Enjoy live music on Fridays with farm-sourced meals cooked by famous Vermont Chef James Beliveau.

Contact person: Shelby Girard, (802) 223- 7222,