LACONIA — "I was behind the expresso for six hours," said Karen Barrett of Wayfarer Coffee Roasters, "and we went through 50 gallons of iced coffee" while Kevin Groleau of Woodshed Roasting Company remarked, "we spent the day trying keep up with making the coffee and didn't stop until nearly four o'clock."
John Morierty of the Main Street Initiative, which sponsored the second New Hampshire Coffee Festival last Saturday, said that two measures were applied to track the size of the crowd, but both failed. "We only know there were a lot of people," he said, adding that he met visitors from Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont and New York, some "who made the trek and others who were passing through and stopped."
Barrett said "there was a line out the door all day" and Groleau said that at least 10 people were queuing for coffee during most of the 4-hour festival. The team from A & E Roastery of Amherst was so pleased with the event that they spoke of returning next year before it was over.
While coffee captured the headlines, other vendors also thrived. Happy Cow of Laconia sold out of ice cream. Production never stalled at Cider Belly Donuts of Sanbornton. Baked good sold briskly at Rollin' in the Dough. The Laconia Antique Center, including the lunch counter at the Finer Diner, were busy. Jim Daubenspeck of Daub's Cobbler Shop on Canal described the day as "phenomenal." He said "there must have been at least 400 people in the shop during the day. I didn't get out between eleven and four,"
Moriarty said he had yet to speak with all the downtown merchants, but the opinions of those he has heard from ranged from "a good day to the best day of the year."