The Hippo


Jul 19, 2019








Want More food festival fun?

Other craft beer festivals happening this fall include the Passport Craft Beer & Food Pairing Tour on Saturday, Sept. 17, at Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, featuring beer from over 20 breweries paired with appetizers prepared by local chefs; the Capital Cup Brew Festival on Saturday, Sept. 24, part of Concord Weekend on the Water at Riverfront Park, featuring 20 breweries with local selections and hard-to-find varieties from around the country; and the Red, White & Brew festival on Saturday, Oct. 1, at Funspot in Laconia, featuring beer as well as wine, food and entertainment.
Get your fill of chili and more brews at the Powder Keg Beer & Chili Festival on Saturday, Oct. 1, at Swasey Parkway in Exeter, or at the WHEB Chili Cook-off on Sunday, Oct. 9, at Strawbery Banke.
If you’re looking for more exotic fare, experience a taste of Indonesia at the Somersworth Indonesian Fair (formerly the Jakarta Fair) on Saturday, Sept. 24, in downtown, or try German cuisine at Schnitzelfest New Hampshire on the same day at Butler Park in Hillsborough.

Events for foodies


1. Chow down on lamb, pastichio, stuffed grape leaves, baklava and other Greek specialties at Glendi, held at St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral (650 Hanover St., Manchester) from Friday, Sept. 16, through Sunday, Sept. 18. In addition to the food, there will be Greek coffee, beer and wine; inflatables and activities for kids; crafts and imports; live music and dancing, and church tours. Admission is free. Festival hours are Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., with food service until 9:30 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit

2. The Nashua Local Food Festival is a weeklong celebration of local agriculture and culinary arts, held Saturday, Sept. 24, through Sunday, Oct. 2, in the city’s downtown. Festivities include the Main Street Farmers Dinner (sold out), a Nashua Farmers Market Harvest Celebration, specials at downtown restaurants featuring local ingredients, and two days of live music. More information will be posted at over the coming weeks.
3. Celebrate the arrival of fall with the Fall Food & Wine Festival on Sunday, Sept. 25, at LaBelle Winery (345 Route 101, Amherst), where you can sample over 70 wines, artisan cheeses, chocolates and specialty food products including gourmet pastas, caramel and hot fudge, mustards, spicy ketchups, relishes and chutneys, dressings, jellies, infused maple syrups and sea salts, olive oils, vinegars and more. There will also be opportunities to meet local winemakers, cheese connoisseurs, chocolatiers and other food producers. Tickets for this 21+ event cost $40 for samplers and $10 for designated drivers (who can still sample food items). Choose between two time slots: noon to 2 p.m., or 3 to 5 p.m. Purchase tickets at
4. The New Hampshire Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival returns for its third year on Sunday, Oct. 2, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Redhook Brewery (1 Redhook Way, Pease International Tradeport, Portsmouth), featuring more than 20 of the best local food trucks in New England serving grilled cheese, ribs, lobster rolls, whoopie pies and more, plus Redhook brews. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and stay for the live music, entertainment and kids’ activities. General admission tickets cost $5 in advance, $10 at the gate and are free for children age 12 and under. VIP tickets cost $20 and include early admission to the festival, no lines, a free dessert and a koozie from Food Truck Festivals of America. Visit
5. Enjoy an evening of sweet treats at the fifth annual Clash of the Cupcakes at the Puritan Backroom Restaurant (245 Hooksett Road, Manchester) on Friday, Oct. 14, from 6 to 9 p.m. Teams of professional bakers from eight local bakeries will compete for the title of “Best Cupcake 2016" and “People’s Choice Winner” by decorating cupcakes onsite in a 30-minute challenge. Meanwhile, attendees can enjoy light hors d’oeuvres, beverages and raffles before sampling the cupcakes and voting on their favorites. Tickets cost $15 per person or $55 for a family of four. Visit
6. Sample from 35 restaurants and businesses at the 11th annual Taste of Concord on Thursday, Oct. 20, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Grappone Conference Center (70 Constitution Ave., Concord). The event features live cooking demos by Granite Restaurant and Bar Executive Chef Corey Fletcher and O Steaks and Seafood owner Chef Scott Ouellette, plus a top chef competition for sliders, live music, raffles and a silent auction. Tickets cost $30 per person, or $250 for 10 people. Visit
7. Celebrate the best of the Lakes Region’s wine, mead, cider, beer, spirits and fine foods at the Lakes Region Uncorked event on Thursday, Nov. 3, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Church Landing at Mill Falls (281 Daniel Webster Highway, Meredith). Attendees will enjoy beverage samples from up to 25 vendors, a cooking demonstration and samples of fresh local cuisine prepared by a celebrity chef. Vendor tables will have gourmet appetizers and hors d’oeuvres, desserts, artisan cheeses, chocolates and locally roasted coffee; there will also be live harp music and a silent auction. Tickets for this 21+ event cost $55 in advance or $65 at the door for the tasting room only, and $75 (advance only) for the tasting room plus the celebrity chef session. Visit
8. Don’t miss the fourth annual Distiller’s Showcase of Premium Spirits to benefit the Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire on Thursday, Nov. 10, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., at the Radisson Hotel Manchester Downtown (700 Elm St., Manchester). There will be over 400 spirits available to sample, including some of the world’s top brands, plus some of New Hampshire’s best restaurants serving their signature dishes. Tickets for this 21+ event cost $60. Visit 

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