Otter Creek Awnings & the Flynn Fine Wine & Food Festival

By Elizabeth Warren

Looking for something special to do this weekend? Otter Creek Awnings is sponsoring the Flynn Fine Wine and Food Festival again this year on Saturday, September 19th and Sunday, September 20th. It happens to be one of our absolute favorite events to attend and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys a chance to dress up for a scrumptious meal in support of the arts community. I’m especially looking forward to the Premier Tasting Dinner at the Flynn Center Main Stage on Saturday evening. We’ll be greeted with appetizers and champagne in the lobby, followed by an elegant dinner on the stage. This year’s cuisine features many of the restaurants at the top of my list, including Leunigs, A Single Pebble, Paulines, the Windjammer and Bluebird Tavern. Delicious –I can’t wait to try their creations!

The event continues at Sunday’s Festival at the Shelburne Farms Coach Barn. From 2pm-5pm we can sample fine wines and locally made cheeses, meats, sauces, coffees, and other products. This is a more casual, fun and social afternoon enhanced by music and a raffle of food baskets.

The Fine Wine and Food Festival event appeals to me on several different levels. First and foremost, the proceeds from the weekend help subsidize cultural and educational programs that are offered to members of the community by the Flynn. Every year, hundreds of students attend professional arts performances that they may not otherwise have had the opportunity to attend. We are so fortunate to have this venue enriching our lifestyles and to know that they are committed to sharing the arts with our children.

Beyond that, it’s such fun to go to a formal event! We don’t have as many occasions in Vermont to dress up, and it is a treat to spend a unique evening on the actual performance stage visiting with folks, many of whom keep coming back from year to year.

Please join us in celebrating the Flynn Theater and in supporting their outreach programs by attending the Fine Wine and Food Festival this weekend. We’ll be easy to spot on Sunday at the Coach Barn: just look for the big, beautiful awning display and stop to say hello to Otter Creek design specialists David and Carol. For more information about the event go to

Hope to see you there!