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In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to those who are most vulnerable in our community, the River Garden will be closed to the public until April 6th. At that time the staff will use the latest information from the Department of Health to determine if we should resume our regular open hours of Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Cabin Fever Expo, which was scheduled for March 21st is postponed to a date to be determined. The Women's Expo, which was scheduled for May 1 is postponed to a date to be determined. We are also postponing all scheduled Brown Bag Lunch events until further notice. We will post a notification with the new date details as soon as possible.
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Strolling of the Heifers Beer, Cider and Cheese Festival

Strolling of the Heifers Beer, Cider and Cheese Festival

Chase the mid-winter blues away — join us at our Beer, Cider and Cheese Festival on Friday, Feb. 13, from 5 to 8 p.m at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main Street, Brattleboro!

The event is a fundraiser for Strolling of the Heifers, and takes place in conjunction with the Harris Hill Ski Jump.

Featured will be some of Vermont’s best brewers and finest cheesemakers, plus other specialty food producers.

Entertainment will be provided by the Franz Roberts Trio.

Admission is $20, for adults, 21 or older, only. Each admission provides eight tickets exchangeable for eight, two-ounce tasting samples from participating brewers, as well as free samples from cheesemakers and specialty food vendors. All tickets will be sold at the door, cash only.

Additional tickets for beer samples may be purchased. Vendors will be selling brews or food to take home, as well.

Visit our Facebook Event invite page and tell us you’re coming!

Beer Cider Cheese slider

14th Star Brewery Company


Citizen Cider

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Flag Hill Farm Vermont Hard Cyder

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Hermit Thrush Brewery


McNeill’s Brewery


Whetstone Station Restaurant and Brewery


Woodchuck Hard Cider


Zero Gravity Craft Brewery


Cheese and other specialty food vendors include:

Taylor Farm

Grafton Village Cheese


Cabot Creamery

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Vermont Creamery

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Vermont Smoke and Cure

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Vermont Salumi


Ruth’s Mustard


Against the Grain 

Orchard Hill Breadworks


Westminster Crackers

Westminster bakers

Bijou Jewels From the Oven

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Robb Family Farm

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Coddle and Cosset

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Lyman’s Specialties

Lyman's Specialties

Heritage Grain Conservancy

Big Picture Farm 


Vermont Quince Company
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Maple Nut Kitchen

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Maplebrook Farm 

Hickins Mountain Mowings Farm


Also, with Valentine’s Day happening right after, it is a great time to stock up on goodies for your valentine!

We hope to see you there!