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Pumpkin Festival Keene

javaandjazz Sep 21, 2010 03:02 PM

Looks like I am going to this with a bunch of friends. What can I expect?

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    Tedmom Sep 22, 2010 09:17 AM

    It was recently announced that this may be the last year for the festival, so it may even more crowded than usual. The display of the lighted pumpkins at night is very cool. There are food vendors on Main Street in addition to the restaurants downtown who are mostly non-profits selling a variety of food/drinks. Here's the link to the festival's home page. http://www.pumpkinfestival.org/index....

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    1. re: Tedmom
      javaandjazz Sep 22, 2010 12:15 PM

      Besides the food vendors are there are restaurants in downtown Keene that I should try?

      1. re: javaandjazz
        Tedmom Sep 22, 2010 05:48 PM

        Our current favorites are not in Keene proper. Pearl Restaurant and Oyster Bar http://pearl-peterborough.com/Home.html in Peterborough (Rt.202 just off Rt. 101) has great Asian fusion cuisine, fresh oysters and great cocktails.

        Cantine Mexican Kitchen (in the same strip mall as Pearl) http://cantinemex.com is not the usual Tex/Mex restaurant and has interesting entrees and cocktails.

        Burdick's Chocolates/Restaurant in Walpole (north of Keene) is nice for a special dinner or weekend brunch. http://www.burdickchocolate.com

        Sunflower's Cafe on Main Street in Jaffrey (southeast of Keene) http://www.sunflowerscatering.com is a nice place for lunch or dinner

        In Keene proper, we like Thai Garden on Main Street http://www.thethaigardengroup.com/ and Luca's at the top of the Central Square http://www.lucascafe.com.

        If you're looking for a casual lunch/beverage on the way and are on Rt. 101 in Dublin, the Dublin General Store is a great place to stop.

        I think it might be tough to get a nice restaurant meal in Keene proper during the festival due to the crowds. We usually just snack from the various vendors on the street when we go. Have fun!

        Thai Garden
        118 Main St, Keene, NH 03431

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      solargarlic Sep 21, 2010 04:46 PM

      A ton of people (and pumpkins)...no, really, I've heard great things about it, not necessarily for food, but the fun of it. The Peak into Peterborough fest is the same weekend if for some reason you're not enjoying Keene.

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