Sip a sweet ice cider at The Tasting Bar, savor a sticky maple treat from the Maple Shop, enjoy fresh breads and pastries from Jocelyn & Cinta’s Bake Shop, order a specialty coffee from Beans by the Border, sit and enjoy a bite at the Ciderhouse Bar & Grill and finish your visit with a cold treat from Dolcetti Gelato.
It’s all good, and it’s all local! The NEK Tasting Center is dedicated to featuring and supporting Northeast Kingdom farmers and producers. Join us to learn, taste and enjoy!
The NEK Tasting Center began as a brain child of Eleanor and Albert Leger, founders of Eden Ice Cider, as they were thinking about expanding their business. A feasibility study was conducted in 2010 to look at the economic viability of the idea. The feasibility study and planning were partially funded by NCIC (through a USDA Rural Business Enterprise Grant), the Northeastern Vermont Development Association, and a Community Development Block Grant. The results led to exploration of partnerships and development of a business plan for private investors.
In 2012, the Legers and a number of investors purchased a former department store on Main Street in Newport, VT. Tenants leasing space in the building include: the Newport Ciderhouse Bar & Grill, Jocelyn & Cinta’s Bake Shop, Butternut Mountain Maple, Beans by the Border Coffee Shop, and the Tasting Bar for Eden Specialty Ciders, whose cider production facility is also located in the basement. The tenants manage the NEK Tasting Center on a cooperative basis.