The Hippo


Apr 23, 2019








New Hampshire Octoberfest 

When: Friday, Oct. 20, 4 to 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 21, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 22, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: McIntyre Ski Area, 50 Chalet Court, Manchester
Cost: $5 for adults and free for kids 12 and under. A special pre-purchase package of two admissions, four beer tickets and two desserts is $25.
Dogs are not allowed unless they are service dogs.
Participating food trucks and vendors
Belgian Acres Farm
Chef Koz’s Crescent City Kitchen
Chez Rafiki’s
Dudley’s Concessions
Great North Aleworks
Harpoon Brewery
Mach’s Wood Fired Pizza
Made With Love 603
Mr. Twister Soft Pretzels
The Poutine Co.
Road Hawg BBQ Swine Dining
Shuck Food Truck
The Wurst Haus

Food trucks in fall
McIntyre Ski Area introduces NH Octoberfest

By Matt Ingersoll

 The success of Manchester’s first ever food truck festival, held earlier this year, has prompted a larger, fall-themed three-day event with more food trucks, a beer tent, live music and games.

The inaugural New Hampshire Octoberfest will be held at McIntyre Ski Area on Friday, Oct. 20, Saturday, Oct. 21, and Sunday, Oct. 22.
“There was such overwhelming positive feedback at the food truck event we had back in June, and everybody seemed to be asking, ‘When’s the next one going to be’?” event co-coordinator Loren Foxx said. “So the team at McIntyre sat down and thought about doing an Octoberfest event. … We had a good idea of what worked and what didn’t work out as well as it could have [from the first event].”
Several food trucks that were big hits at the first event are returning to this one, like Road Hawg BBQ Swine Dining and the Puerto Rican Made with Love 603 truck, but many are attending McIntyre for the very first time to provide food and drinks in line with the season, according to Foxx, like Belgian Acres Farm offering apple crisp and hot apple cider.
“We’ve also got some guys coming from Lake George, New York, called The Wurst House,” Foxx said. “Their claim to fame is authentic German food like schnitzel and bratwurst.”
Other food trucks scheduled to attend are Mr. Twister Soft Pretzels, Mach’s Wood Fired Pizza, The Poutine Company and Dudley’s Concessions.
Foxx said the idea was to include a variety of food offerings from each truck, allowing people to sample from different cuisines as they make their rounds.
“No two food trucks are the same,” he said. “The goal was to get someone to be able to pair one thing with another, like a soft pretzel with a beer. … [The trucks] have slightly different circumstances on how they prepare the food too … and none of them are off the charts either, as far as price goes. You know, if you walk into a restaurant with a party of like four people, it can potentially get expensive fast. But here, everybody’s trying something different.”
The strategy of a relatively simple menu allows for the trucks to easily identify what works for their foods and what doesn’t, according to Foxx.
“They can reasonably test everything perfectly on a much less complicated scale than a restaurant could,” he said. “If something doesn’t sell, they can take it back and make it better.”
Even the brews featured at the onsite beer tent will be seasonal. There will be Samuel Adams’ Octoberfest, Harpoon Brewery’s Flannel Friday IPA, Great North Aleworks’ Tie Dyed Ale, and others.
“Harpoon is bringing their cider, and you’ve got to have cider at an event like this. It’s the right time of year for it,” Foxx said.
A number of activities are scheduled throughout the weekend, like stein hoisting competitions on Saturday night, games of cornhole and spikeball, and a lineup of music acts. Dr. Harp Blues Revue performs on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday’s performers include Clint LaPointe from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Joe Rivet from 2 to 4 p.m. and DC Blue from 5 to 8 p.m. On Sunday, the Chris White Band will perform from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. before the festival wraps up at 4 p.m. 

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