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Take a bite out of the Queen City at the Taste of Downtown Manchester. Courtesy photo.




Taste of Downtown Manchester

 
When: Wednesday, Sept. 17, from 5 to 8 p.m.
 
Where: At participating businesses along Elm Street, Lowell Street and Hanover Street in downtown Manchester
 
Cost: Tickets cost $20 in advance, $25 on the day of the event; free admission for kids under age 12
 
 




Sample Queen City eats
Taste of Downtown Manchester highlights Elm Street businesses

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If you’re looking to get the most out of Taste of Downtown Manchester this year, Intown Manchester Executive Director Sara Beaudry recommends some strategic planning. 
 
“I would start on north Elm Street,” Beaudry said. “I want to keep stressing that it’s not a race. … Enjoy, check out the different artists, really kind of stroll through the downtown, because you will get your fill, for lack of a better word.”
 
The 11th Annual Taste of Downtown Manchester is on Wednesday, Sept. 17, from 5 to 8 p.m. 
 
Attendees are given a map of participating businesses, each of which will host a different downtown restaurant, so you can do your shopping while waiting in line for a sample from the restaurant’s menu. A few restaurants will be set up in the Brady Sullivan Plaza at 1000 Elm St.
 
Beaudry recommends starting the Taste by visiting Kaitlen Hannah and K-Fab’s Boutique (both new to the Taste of Downtown Manchester this year), which are located just north of the intersection of Bridge and Elm streets. The stretch of businesses hosting restaurants this year runs from north Elm Street down to Antiques on Elm, past the Verizon Wireless Arena.
 
Other new businesses this year include AlphaLoft and restaurants like Jade Dragon, A&E Coffee, City Cafe and Nadeau’s Subs, as well as Gauchos Brazilian Steak House, which will serve its samples right at the steakhouse on Lowell Street.
 
“We are actually pairing a business with them, because obviously, Gauchos’ specialty is their meat, so it’s hard to take that elsewhere,” Beaudry said. 
 
Many of the returning restaurants and businesses are already paired together based on partnerships from previous years.
 
“It is fantastic how the pairings work together,” Beaudry said. “E-Vision Eyecare and Firefly American Bistro and Bar, they always do fun contests and they always have fun handouts. … Dancing Lion Chocolate is at Studio 550 — that’s always a great store because [the two owners] are so creative. Monica Leap and Richard Tango-Lowy — that’s just a natural pairing.”
 
There will also be more live music, bands, artists, painters and caricaturists scattered along the route, Beaudry said.
 
There are only 1,000 tickets available for the event, and since it has sold out in the past, advance ticket purchases are recommended. 
 





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