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Pumpkin Festival Keene, NH

javaandjazz Aug 30, 2009 05:40 AM

Any food booths or local restaurants worth hitting up at the pumpkin festival in Keene, NH? Thanks, Rich


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  1. jquest619 RE: javaandjazz Oct 1, 2009 04:33 AM

    Yes please.....I am planning on attending and would love to know whats not to miss!

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      solargarlic RE: jquest619 Oct 1, 2009 05:10 AM

      I don't believe the info is up yet for the food vendors...the website said check back in October for info. Next week is Milford's, and on Friday night, there is a chili cook-off and beer tasting by Martha's Exchange and Pennichuck Brewery (only 3 10 oz. samples though).


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      puck75 RE: javaandjazz Oct 5, 2009 09:32 AM

      margarita's is right in center of keene, and a few bar's and restaurant's around.
      any big name franchise in keene too.

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        Chowzmeister RE: puck75 Oct 5, 2009 12:03 PM

        I was told by a family member that Elm City Restaurant and Brewery is good spot: http://www.elmcitybrewing.com/. Every time I've been past Papagallos Restaurant in Keene it's been busy: www.papagallos.com.

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          CoyoteOldStyle RE: puck75 Mar 4, 2011 05:53 AM

          For much better Mexican food, go just up Main Street nearer to the head of the square to Pedraza's. It's all made fresh and delicious.

        2. javaandjazz RE: javaandjazz Oct 5, 2009 12:13 PM

          Thanks, any places around Keene possibly for dinner that night and less crowded?

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            jefpen2 RE: javaandjazz Oct 5, 2009 10:08 PM

            head over to brattleboro, vt 20 min. on rt. 9

          2. xcptnl RE: javaandjazz Oct 5, 2009 05:17 PM

            Every place will be packed - it's a zoo at night. I grew up there and lived there until 2 years ago. Out of the places mentioned I would pick the Brew Pub at the Colony Mill. Decent food and good brewed beer. Most places on Main Street will be packed and hard to get into. Of course, all of the depends upon the weather.

            For the best hand cut fries - check out the Swampbat Baseball team booth. (It's a local college baseball team so the $ goes to a good cause). They are usually located right near Railroad Street. The rest of the vendors are your typical local vendors - church groups, youth groups, etc. Have fun and be ready for the crowds.

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              jefpen2 RE: xcptnl Oct 5, 2009 10:09 PM

              some one there used to do amazing apple fritters

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                CoyoteOldStyle RE: jefpen2 Mar 4, 2011 05:55 AM

                Troop 302 BSA has a booth that serves what they call The Original Apple Donut. Hand made right there in front of you with native apples and a light, delicious fritter batter. Worth standing in line! They are simply the best treat at the Festival.

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              joscelynb RE: javaandjazz Oct 8, 2009 11:57 AM

              I haven't been to the Pumpkin Festival yet, but I'm hoping to go this year. I really like Luca's Mediterranean Cafe in Keene.

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                xcptnl RE: joscelynb Oct 10, 2009 03:21 PM

                That is quite small so might be hard to get in to during Pumpkin Fest.

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                freshveggie RE: javaandjazz Oct 11, 2009 06:56 PM

                Thai Garden located right on main street is wonderful. The staff is friendly and the food is fresh and delicious. We always stop here when we pass through Keene.

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