New Hampshire Made’s Open Doors weekend is a dream come true for foodies and locavores. Over 200 vendors, including artists, specialty food purveyors, shops, vineyards and restaurants, are participating in Open Doors weekend, Saturday, Nov. 2, and Sunday Nov. 3, with tastings, special offers, demonstrations and more.
“It really is a scavenger hunt of fantastic places. Look at it as a great time to go to a region you haven’t gone to before,” NH Made Membership & Community Relations Coordinator Ann Vennard said. “I love it because it really is a magnificent showcase of local products.”
In the Merrimack region, LaBelle Winery, Canterbury AleWorks and Candia Vineyards will be featuring tastings, as will Michele’s Totally Awesome Gourmet Popcorn in Epsom, Apple Hill Farm in Concord, Courser Farm Kitchen in Webster, The Cozy Tea Cart in Brookline, Fox Country Smoke House and Running Fox Farm (both in Canterbury).
Vennard added that many participants are also featuring other NH Made products. Candia Vineyards owner Bob Dabrowski said there will be wine tastings, but also samples of a special chocolate made with Candia Vineyard’s Noiret wine from Ava Marie of Peterborough.
Shoppers can stop for lunch at The Cozy Tea Cart in Brookline, where the chef will be cooking up a Thanksgiving menu (includes a soup, salad, turkey, pasta side, vegetable and gluten-free dessert) with a different tea paired with each course. The Cozy Tea Cart also features other NH Made vendors who may not have a storefront, like Our Sister’s Nuts, Valicenti Organico pasta, Bite Me Kupcakez and The Silver Branch.
“We love to see the members collaborating with each other and really sort of celebrating their work,” Vennard said.
Since there are so many participants statewide, Vennard suggested selecting a region or area and visiting those participants. The Open Doors website features itineraries and a searchable map based on categories, like retail, artisans, food and agriculture. In Canterbury, there’s an itinerary that incorporates all the participants in the area, so guests can visit one artist, eat lunch at another location and then visit another shop or food purveyor afterward.