Coffee and Beer Festivals This Weekend!


Coffee lovers, rejoice! The second New Hampshire Coffee Festival is happening this Saturday (September 19th) in Laconia.

Presented by the Main Street Initiative of Laconia, the festival is taking place downtown, on Main Street, from 12pm-4pm. This family-friendly event is free! There will be dozens of vendors sharing coffee samples and selling coffee, coffee-related items, crafts, teas, food, and much more.

Throughout the event, coffeehouse music will be provided by the Jonathan Lorentz Jazz Trio. Additionally, there will be a few coffee-oriented talks, a latte art demonstration, and a latte art thrown-down competition. There will also be coffee-themed games for the kids. Check out the schedule here.

If you want to learn about, drink, and enjoy all things coffee, the NH Coffee Festival is where it’s at on Saturday. As a senior graduate student whose circulatory system is probably made up of at least 80% caffeine by now, and who also just happened to run out of coffee this morning (yikes!), you can bet your bottom I’ll be stocking up while I’m there.

Coffee not your drink of choice? How about beer?

Well, the second annual Claremont Brewfest is also this Saturday from 1pm-5pm. Happening at the Visitor’s Center Green in Claremont, general admission tickets are $25 and afford you a 6oz souvenir glass and up to twelve beer samples. Live entertainment, games, raffles, and food will also be available.

I went to the Claremont Brewfest last year with my brother and can attest that it is a lot of fun (you can read about that on the blog here, as well as an interview with one of the festival’s founders here, courtesy of SWP blogger Zach Williams). There are 35 breweries at this year’s event, offering over 70 beers for sampling. To see the list of participating breweries, purchase tickets, or learn more about the event, check out the Claremont Brewfest website.

So will it be brews or brews this Saturday? Decisions, decisions. Can we try for both?

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