LACONIA — Consumer demand for locally-grown and farmed produce and other consumables has developed into a movement that is fueling small businesses all over the country. New Hampshire is a leader in the local movement and the Lakes Region boasts more than its share of high quality, locally crafted food and drink.
An impressive array of hand-crafted wine, beer, mead, cider, coffee, edibles and more will be showcased at this year's Uncorked 2014, Nov. 1, 6 to 9 p.m. at the Laconia Country Club. Guests will have the unique opportunity to sample the best of the best of New Hampshire while supporting the community-based mission of Lakes Region Community Services (LRCS).
Carla Snow, the author of Wine & Dine with New Hampshire and chief wine educator at A Grape Affair, notes that the wine industry in NH continues to boom, with 35 wineries currently operating within the state. Her book discusses the history of New Hampshire's wine industry and features 21 recipes to pair and cook with NH wines. Carla who strives to make the world of wine a less intimidating place, will teach guests how to taste wines and offer ideas on food pairings. "I am looking forward to this year's Uncorked to see what new wines are out there," said Snow. "New Hampshire wineries are so creative and they're always creating new and exciting wines that pair well with foods."
Head Chef Steven Cote of Curt's Caterers in Gilford will join Carla in the classroom, demonstrating how to cook with wines. "I am very excited to be joining Carla to show how easy and fun it is to incorporate wines and beers into your recipes."
Uncorked gives locals a chance to discover and enjoy treasures in their own backyard that have already earned regional and national attention. For example, Hermit Woods Winery in Meredith was featured on the Today Show for its Petit Blue and The Beerkery in Tilton has appeared in NH Magazine and on NH Chronicle. Meads produced by the Sap House Meadery in Center Ossipee have won national and international acclaim. Farnum Hill Ciders of Lebanon is also a nationally acclaimed ciderery.
This year's 2nd annual event features several new vendors in the tasting room, such as Newfound Lake Vineyards of Bristol, Gilmanton Winery, The Vineyard at Seven Birches, North Haverhill and the Woodstock Inn Brewery, North Woodstock. A total of 18 local vendors will participate in the event. Other vendors presenting products include: Canterbury Aleworks; Coffin Cellars Winery; Farnum Hill Ciders; Haunting Whisper Vineyard; Hermit Woods Winery; Sap House Meadery; Squam Brewing; The Beerkery; Curt's Caterers, Edible Arrangements, Woodshed Coffee; A Grape Affair; The Mill Fudge Factory and NH2O Spring Water.
Tickets are $50 in advance and $60 at the door (space permitting) and include admission to the tasting room, silent auction and wine and food education session. All ticket holders will receive a keepsake Uncorked wine glass and Tasting Guide and must be 21 years or older for admittance.
Uncorked doors open at 6 p.m. and the event runs until 9 p.m. Most guests find that a tasting tour takes an hour to 90 minutes. Along the tasting trail, servers will offer an array of passed appetizers and hors d'oeuvres selected to complement your sipping experience. Guests will also enjoy live music and the chance to bid on many fine silent auction items donated by local businesses and artisans.
Lakes Region Uncorked relies on the generosity and support of the business community for its fundraising success. Bank of New Hampshire is the event's Title Sponsor. Other sponsors include: LRGHealthcare; Leone, McDonnell & Roberts, CPAs; Melcher & Prescott Insurance- Grapes, Grains & Orchard Sponsors; Franklin Savings Bank- Wine & Dine in NH; Curt's Caterers of Gilford – Fine Foods; Harvard Pilgrim Health Care of New England-Dessert Sponsor; Prescription Center –Silent Auction; LPL Financial- Music Sponsor and RMON Networks-Tasting Guide Sponsor.
Lakes Region Community Services is a nonprofit, comprehensive family support agency with a primary focus of providing supports to individuals with developmental disabilities and/or acquired brain disorders and their families.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 October 2014 07:11
SANDWICH — All Sandwich voters will have an opportunity to "Meet the Candidates" on Sunday, October 26 at 3 p.m. at the Methodist Meetinghouse on Main Street in Center Sandwich.
All candidates on the Sandwich ballot have been invited to attend and will explain why they are seeking to be elected and answer any questions which may be asked. The election takes place at the Sandwich Town Hall on Tuesday, November 4 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 10:30
TILTON — The Black Swan Inn once again will be hosting a fun family weekend filled with halloween festivities Friday through Sunday, October 24, 25 and 26 to benefit Make A Wish of New Hampshire.
The weekend will kick off on Friday and Saturday night from 6:30-10:30 p.m. in association with The Haunted Alliance out of Massachusetts with Haunted Halloween Walk filled with zombies, a torture chamber, gravediggers and more for kids 13 years and older. Admission is only $8 per child or $20 for a family.
Granny Grues Grimson Tales will be there on Sunday, October 26 for their second annual Kids HalloweenFest from 1-4 p.m. with Zombie Pirates to entertain children of all ages. Kids of all ages will enjoy Granny's very own gruesome storytelling and songs, a scavenger hunt with treasure, face painting, games, cider and donuts. For more information call the Black Swan Inn at 286-4524.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 10:21
SANDWICH — The Bearcamp Valley Garden Club will host horticulturalist Mary Ellen Vana on Thursday, November 6 for a slide presentation about the Wild Gardens of Yosemite. The program will take place at the Benz Center in Center Sandwich from 1-3 p.m., and is free to garden club members and the public.
Mary Ellen Vana lived in the Yosemite region for six years, then worked as horticulturist at White Flower Farms in Lichfield, Connecticut, before moving to New Hampshire. She combines professional knowledge of cultivated, native, and wild plants with a passion for hands-on gardening in New Hampshire, and she will offer practical advice as well as creative insights about the kinds of plants that can prosper in cold New England climates.
The informal presentation will focus upon natural flower combinations, with inspiration and ideas for a less formal look in New Hampshire home gardens. Naturalist John Muir wrote of the Yosemite region, "When California was wild, it was the floweriest part of the continent, so exuberant was the bloom of the main valley of the state, it would still have been extravagantly rich had ninety-nine out of every hundred of its crowded flowers been taken away."
Many of Yosemite's flowers or flower family groups, such as Penstamons, Primroses, Asters, Buttercups, and Lupines, will be familiar to gardeners everywhere. Nature, however, offers unique, seldom-seen, and often exquisite combinations which are never cliched. It is these uncommon combinations that Vana will illustrate and discuss.
Reservations may be made online at bearcampvalleygardenclub.org.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 10:16
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