Tastings and Demos

The Brattleboro Food Co-op regularly schedules product demonstrations, tastings and special events in the store.

My vision is for shoppers to fall in love with our food and our community-owned store. I want them to have a pleasant experience at the Co-op and go home with fresh and amazing ingredients to enjoy in their own kitchens with family and friends.”

—Demo Coordinator, Donna Lee

Through demonstrations in the store, we can educate our shoppers with tastings, samplings, and edu-demos about the vast range of products available at the Co-op. Whether we are offering wine or beer, cheese, smoothies, grass-fed beef steak, local produce, gluten free foods, vegetarian or vegan options, supplements or a new skin care lotion, the person demonstrating will answer questions, offer suggestions and make additional information available to our valued customers.

Departmental Demos
and Samples

Producer of the Month Demos

Day Kitchen Co+op Basics Demos
Feed 4 for under $10
Food Samplings
during Gallery Walk
Wine & Cheese
Monthly Event
Special Events

Recipe Vault

Shareholders who have an interest in doing their work-hours with the Demo Department should email the Demo Coordinator at demobfc@sover.net.

Demonstrations are valuable for building awareness of natural product companies and their brands so that consumers can make sustainable and health-conscious choices in the marketplace.

We all like to try something before we buy it. In-store demos conducted by the Co-op staff or by the manufacturers themselves make this possible. Click here to watch the calendar of upcoming events, demos, and classes!

We encourage local producers as well as national brands which are sold at the Co-op to schedule demos regularly. Manufacturers or producers seeking to demo a product can request information about scheduling should email the Demo Coordinator at demobfc@sover.net.

Departmental Demos and Samples

Throughout the store, on any given day, you can sample lots of items. And if you would like to try something else, just ask.

  • You will find the latest offerings the Produce Department in self-serve demo stations regularly.
  • Wellness has testers and demo containers available so you may try many bath and beauty products as you peruse the choices available.
  • The Deli places samples on the counters when they can of salads and other mouth-watering and ready to eat foods.
  • NOTE… if you want to try something, don’t hesitate to ask an employee to give you a sample, so you can make an educated decision on your ultimate purchase. But please, always ask for assistance.

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Producer of the Month Demos

Once or twice each month, we invite our superstar producer of the month to the Co-op to meet, greet and offer samples and/or information about their products. Most months feature local food producers such as farms, chocolatiers, and Vermont branded foods, however, some months feature woodworkers, artists, and other hard-good producers.

The Producer of the Month is featured in Food For Thought, which is the newsletter published by the Co-op each month. Be sure to watch the calendar for upcoming Producer Visits!

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Day Kitchen

The Day Kitchen occurs 2 – 3 times each month at the Main Demo Counter (between the Deli and Cheese Departments) and focuses on easy to prepare recipes which feature current sale items, in-season produce, new products, new local producers. The recipes generally revolve around our monthly newsletter’s nutrition articles which feature grains, beans, and spices available for purchase at the Co-op (usually found at great prices in the Bulk Department.

We cook/make the recipes right at the Demo Counter with customers watching (and chatting) and afterward we offer free samplings of the finished dish. We encourage on-lookers to take home the free recipe cards so they can make it themselves. Watch the calendar for the Day Kitchen and be sure to stop by and learn to make a great, quick and nutritious food! We often ask for specific feedback on new products and offer free drawings for great prizes as thanks for participating.

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Co+op Basics Demos – Feed 4 for under $10

Co+op Basics Demos offer a sampling and FREE recipe created specifically to include Co+op Basics products. These are healthy staple item products available at the Co-op at an everyday low price and include beans, rice, grains, meats, eggs, tofu, canned and fresh vegetables and more.

The big deal about these demos is the cost of the food used in the featured recipe. Feed 4 people for under $10 is the rule. When we offer a Basics Demo, we are challenged to create a simple-to-prepare, nutritious meal using the Co+op Basics products as the recipe’s base. The recipes vary from meat entrées to vegetarian and even vegan diets. We try to offer gluten-free options when possible. Watch the calendar for the next scheduled Co+op Basics Demo.

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Food Samplings during Gallery Walk

Join us at the Co-op on the first Friday of the month from 5-6:30 pm to sample some of our scrumptious food during your Gallery Walk in town.

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Wine & Cheese Monthly Event

Be sure to attend our Wine Tasting and Cheese Pairing on the second Thursday of the month from 4-6 pm to sample some our featured wine or malt beverage. You must be 21+ years of age with valid VT ID. Please note there are a couple months of the year when we offer beer and burgers.

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Special Events

During the year, the Co-op plans special events around special days! Each event differs slightly, but they all have something in common—lots and lots of demos and samples and goodies and giveaways and FREE drawings and just lots of fun!

We invite you to watch the calendar of demos, events, and classes for upcoming events and plan to be there!

  • January: Shareholder Appreciation Weekend
  • February: Valentine’s Day Event
  • May: Mom’s Day Out (in honor of Mother’s Day)
  • July: Ice Cream Social
  • October: Annual Cider Social
  • December: Stocking Stuffer and Gift Ideas Event
  • Fall & Spring: Truckload Sale

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Recipe Vault

Couldn’t make the demo? Or, are you looking for what to do with that giant organic eggplant you picked up at the Co-op today? Or, do you just want to drool over some new ideas for how to grill those steaks? Click here to go to the Recipe Vault.

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