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Vt. Campground To Host 1st New Eng. Food Fest

The first ever New England Street Food Festival will be held in a wooded area in the back of Kampfires Campground, located in Dummerston, Vt. 

The same team that owns the Whetstone Station Restaurant and Brewery — David Hiler, and Tim and Amy Brady — bought the campground last spring, according to the Brattleboro Reformer.

Previously, the property was known as Hidden Acres. 

“We ran it for one season kind of as is and then we have tried to create it more in our image, or our own desire for what we want,” Hiler said. “Just like in the restaurant business, we wanted to create something different than what already existed in the area.” 

Like the Whetstone Station, the goal is about appealing to “a younger, hipper audience.” The owners see the new venture as a natural progression.

“People like food, people like beer, people like camping,” Hiler said. “So it’s really the demographic from our restaurant coming out here to the campground.”

Instead of an event, like Taste of Vermont, that focuses on foods and vendors found in the Green Mountain State, Hiler suggested a street food festival at Kampfires on Route 5 in Dummerston. The event is being held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sept. 23. 

“I think there’s some confusion about it being a food truck festival,” Hiler said. “We wanted to make it a street food festival so restaurants in and around the area could do their own little ‘taste of the street,’ if you will, rather than having a food truck.” 

Brewers at the Whetstone Station are “plotting and scheming” to come up with something special for the festival, he told the Reformer. They have been making beers at the Whetstone for four years now. 

Hiler had returned to the area after living in California cities. He said Brattleboro attracted him because it seemed to be “a microcosm of a much larger, hipper environment.”

“I lived in San Francisco for a while, I loved it out there and it was very much home to me,” he said. “I know this might be a stretch, but I see Brattleboro as kind of a mini version of San Francisco. It has the arts, the culture, the food, the music and the attitude.”

Hiler hopes to hold similar events at the campground in the future. 

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