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Best NE summer food festivals? Music/other activities also a pro!

Jardinia May 14, 2009 09:26 AM

Putting my "staycation" calendar together and was wondering if there are some local niche food-related festivals in NE that are underattended and deserving of more attention- Anyone have a suggestion or two?

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    dfrostnh RE: Jardinia May 14, 2009 09:54 AM

    A few years ago we attended a nearby church's Fiddler's picnic. It was also a potluck supper. People brought lawn chairs and enjoyed the music. Some of the fiddlers were very young, others very experienced and had won awards. This was at a church in Canterbury NH but sorry, I can't remember what time of the year, perhaps August.

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      simplyput RE: Jardinia May 15, 2009 02:45 PM

      Common Ground Fair in Unity, Maine, is all local and organic. There are lots of activities for everyone, and all the food there is great. Lamb K-bobs, awesome french fries, lots of cider, etc. It last for three days towards the end of September.

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        Sean RE: Jardinia May 15, 2009 02:53 PM




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          harry_sparrow RE: Jardinia May 15, 2009 03:37 PM

          Not under attended in fact very popular.

          Ethnic food and music:


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            lexpatti RE: harry_sparrow May 15, 2009 07:50 PM

            Awesome ethnic food and music - we try not to ever miss the Lowell Fold Fest.

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              zarquon RE: harry_sparrow May 19, 2009 08:31 AM

              I'll second that... the Festival should not be missed. The price is right (free) and the variety of food available is excellent.

            2. Jeremy01506 RE: Jardinia May 15, 2009 06:53 PM

              It's not until October, but there is the Garlic & Arts Festival in Orange, MA:

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                lexpatti RE: Jardinia May 15, 2009 07:53 PM

                There's a Seafood Festival in Hampton that I never seem to make it to but want to:

                Also, have read great things about the Lobster Festival in Rockland Me (but haven't made it yet):

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                  hargau RE: lexpatti May 15, 2009 10:52 PM

                  id say the lobster fest is only meh-ok. I have been several times. Its not a very large festival and the food is limited to 1) typical carnival fair carts (fried dough,fries,icecream,hotdogs). 2) Fried seafood 3) Lobster dinner in the main dinner tent (most popular but more expensive then the same thing at so many other places in the area-especially if you factor in ticket price).. There is 1 stage for music but not always something playing. Cant even begin to compare to a festival like lowell where there is so many unique ethnic foods and multiple music stages.

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                    hicow RE: hargau May 16, 2009 03:34 AM

                    The Yarmouth, Maine, clam festival is worth going to but it doesn't come anywhere near the Lowell Folk Festival. Lowell is loaded with ethnic food booths, several stages with continuous entertainment and craft exhibits.

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                  carpevacationum RE: Jardinia May 17, 2009 01:23 PM

                  There is a chowder/seafood festival in Charlestown RI every August. Haven't been yet, but heard good things about it.

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                    Sean RE: carpevacationum May 18, 2009 06:07 AM

                    Here's the linky:


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