For the fourth consecutive year the Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival will be the jewel in the crown of an ever expanding Bennington Arts Weekend. The Art and Craft Festival will be held at Camelot Village on route 9 about two miles west of downtown. 150 artists, artisans, and specialty food producers will showcase their creations under enormous gleaming white Camelot tents. Along with craft shopping the ambiance is festive: live music, craft demos, kids activities, and a food court serving a menu to please any palate featuring Vermont craft beers.
Several Bennington organizations work together to in staging the Arts Weekend; The Bennington Chamber of Commerce, Better Bennington Corporation, Bennington Potters, and The Four Corners North group including Hawkins House Craftsmarket. And The Tap House at Catamount Glass, the Bennington Banner, as well as other galleries, The Bennington Museum, and The Old Castle Theatre Company.
While the Southern Vermont Art & Craft Festival is taking place at Camelot Village, the town of Bennington is busy and bustling with Vermont craft beer on tap and food vendors offering local farm to table fare. All this in the beautiful atmosphere that only Southern Vermont can offer. On Friday downtown is alive with First Friday. On Saturday August 6, the Homebrew Festival takes place at Four Corners North (County Street) from 12 noon to 4 with a free shuttle running to the craft show at Camelot Village. The Homebrew Festival is in it’s second year and features sampling from 40-50 different homebrews, as well as music and beer brewing related vendors.
The Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival runs 10-5 on Friday and Saturday and 10-4 on Sunday. The adult admission is $8 and kids and parking are free. All Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival details can be found at www.craftproducers.com.
So, come spend the weekend. Enjoy Vermont’s first town. Visit the festivals, eat good food, drink good beer, walk the downtown. Breath the air, relax, and become a Vermonter.
For a complete schedule keep checking www.betterbennington.com