Vermont, the Vermont Agriculture and Culinary Tourism Council and Vermont Fresh Network have opened a new interactive website, DigInVT.com. It connects all visitors to nearly 400 authentic Vermont food experiences around the state.
Designed to promote agriculture and tourism, the website keys on growing public interest in culinary [food] tourism. Visitors will find it easier to learn about locally grown Vermont products, as well as the farmers, producers, and chefs behind the food. Offering opportunities to create self-guided Vermont food tours and discover food and farm events, the site engages visitors to keep their experiences fresh.
DigInVT.com was developed by the Vermont Agriculture and Culinary Tourism Council, a consortium of 13 food producer groups, nonprofit associations, tourism organizations and state agencies. Their common goal is promoting tourism that emphasizes experiencing culture through its food and drink.
The site was designed and developed with funds from the Vermont Agriculture Innovation Center and John Merck Fund, secured by Vermont Fresh Network. "As a funder and a lead organization, we're proud of what this group has accomplished. This website will position and serve Vermont to attract some of the estimated 160 million Americans whose travel includes cooking classes, food and wine tours, or farm visits; supporting our farms and food establishments that maintain our cherished working lands", saays Vermont Secretary of Agriculture Chuck Ross.
"Prior to creation of DigInVT, no single source and centralized hub existed where food enthusiasts interested in local food could find information about Vermont's cultural tourism opportunities," adds Megan Smith, Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing. "DigInVT is that one stop, comprehensive resource. It's poised to bring new visitors to the state's food experiences, events and establishments that are integral to rural economic development."