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Polar Grill Fest

When: Saturday, Jan. 24, from noon to 5 p.m.
Where: Redhook Brewery, 1 Redhook Way, Portsmouth
Tickets: $5 entrance ticket, food and drink purchased separately
Visit: PGF.eventbrite.com, redhook.com




Polar appetites
Firing up the grill for winter food festival

01/22/15
By Allie Ginwala aginwala@hippopress.com



Who says that grilling is reserved for backyard summer barbecues and Fourth of July parties? Bundle up and show your true New Hampshire colors during Polar Grill Fest at Redhook Brewery on Saturday, Jan. 24. 

“It’s an outdoor food [festival] we host in the middle of January, so it’s a hardcore New England event,” said Nick Wright, general manager of Redhook Brewery Pub, in a phone interview. “[It’s] based around grilling food.” 
The winter food festival, now in its fourth year, originated when a group of people came together to try something different that no one else in the area was doing, Wright said. 
“And we kind of just kept it going,” he said. 
An estimated 2,000 people from around the state are expected to don their down coats and winter boots to attend the event focused on feasting in New Hampshire. 
“What kind of sets it apart is the outdoor winter theme; it’s just so different,” Wright said. “The people in New England love what sets us apart from everybody else, [like] the ability to have fun in the cold.” 
While Wright anticipates that a number of guests will travel from outside of the Seacoast region, he expects a lot of locals to come and eat food from their favorite restaurants that are the food vendors for the afternoon. The list is still growing, but so far Rí Rá Irish Pub, The Blue Mermaid Island Grill Restaurant and Flatbread Company of Portsmouth will grill it up at the festival, along with Sonny’s Tavern and The Soup Guy of Dover.
“The types of food vary, but we try to stick to grilled items,” Wright said. “But it will vary within what we offer, and that’s what makes it fun.”
In addition to local food vendors, Redhook will be serving up a selection of its core four brands: Long Hammer IPA, ESB, Audible Ale and Game Changer. 
“[It] gives you a great variety, depending on what type of beer you like,” Wright said.
Throughout the day there will be a number of games and activities, usually planned the day of, as well as live performances by the band Superfrog and DJ Evaredy. 
Wright said that in past years they’ve been lucky and had good weather, which he hopes will continue. However, rain, snow or shine, the event will go on. 
 
As seen in the January 22, 2015 issue of the Hippo.





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