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Sample food, wine and desserts at Monadnock and Beyond. Courtesy photo.




Taste of Monadnock & Beyond: Food and Wine Festival

When: Sunday, May 15, at 5 p.m.
Where: Woodbound Inn, 247 Woodbound Road, Rindge
Tickets: $40 in advance, $45 at the door
Visit: shelterfromthestormnh.org/html/events




Tons of tastes
Event showcases Monadnock’s finest

05/12/16
By Allie Ginwala aginwala@hippopress.com



 The Taste of Monadnock & Beyond: Food and Wine Festival returns on Sunday, May 15, offering guests samples from 40 restaurants and beverage vendors — 10 more than the inaugural event last year.

Two years ago, when Linda Harris, executive director for Shelter From The Storm in Jaffrey, was brainstorming with her colleagues at the transitional housing program about ideas for their next fundraiser, someone suggested hosting a tasting dinner.
“We thought, ‘Wow we can do that.’ And nothing has been done like it in our area … and there [are] some fabulous restaurants and wineries and things to do out in the Monadnock Region,” she said.
The multifaceted tasting event is held at Woodbound Inn in Rindge, with the vendors set up throughout the main inn, barn, ballroom and grounds. In addition to local eateries like Luca’s Mediterranean Cafe, The Restaurant at Burdick’s and Bantam Grill, there will also be food-focused vendors like New England Everyday Goods, Boggy Meadow Farm who makes cheese as well as cider vodka and Monadnock Vinegar and Oil with olive oils, cheeses and balsamic vinegars. Businesses representing other regions and neighboring states will be there as well, such as LaBelle Winery, Shattuck Catering, Baystate Wines & Spirits and Woodstock Inn Station & Brewery.
“A lot of people are interested in coming to see different restaurants they’ve never gone to and taste what they have, to see if they want to get a full meal,” Harris said. “[It’s] Monadnock and Beyond, so … [we] have people from Vermont and Massachusetts as well.” 
She said the idea is to give locals the chance to try places within an hour away so they can be exposed to new tastes before taking a drive. 
In addition to the food and drink samples, there will be 10 artists displaying and selling their work, a pig roast, live music, fireworks to cap off the evening and demonstrations from select vendors including Sunflowers, Monadnock Inn and Baystate Wine & Spirits. Demo topics range from making a dish or specialty drink to selecting the right wine to pair.
“It was a very successful event for everyone, I think, and all the proceeds go back to our Shelter From The Storm program,” Harris said. 





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