NH Maker & Food Fest 2021!

If you aren’t familiar with the NH Maker & Food Fest, hosted annually by the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire (CMNH), here’s your chance! The NH Maker & Food Fest will be celebrating its 9th year on September 18, 2021 at 6 Washington Street in Dover.

Photo provided by the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire.

This festival is a “gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists, to chefs, the Maker & Food Fest is a venue for these “makers” to show hobbies, experiments, projects, and for all of us to enjoy fantastic food!” (Children’s Museum of NH website)

Neva Cole, Communications Director for the Children’s Museum of NH shared what last year’s festival looked like and what is to be expected for this years:

Last year’s Fest was totally virtual, which allowed us to not only include our talented local Makers, but also invite a few who were a bit more international! We even had a scientist from Germany talking about developing thermonuclear fusion power! The Children’s Museum of NH is thrilled to once again have an in-person Fest where hands-on discovery is encouraged from more than just our exhibits. We think it’s important for kids, as well as grownups, to be reminded about all the innovation and creativity that goes into MAKING – whether that’s making robots, bubbles, crafts, clay, or even podcasts!”

Photo provided by the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire.

Get Gutsy

Speaking of podcasts, (shameless self-plug here) I myself will be at a maker’s booth at the festival, at the Creative Guts table. If you’re not familiar with us, we’re a nonprofit, podcast, and a community. Please come and say “hi” and even record a little on our equipment, as we offer a platform for festival attendees to share about their own creativity for a Creative Guts montage episode! 

Important Things to Note

  • Stay up to date on the festival on their Facebook Event
  • Suggested donation of $5 per person, but everyone is welcome, regardless of the ability to pay! 
  • Masks will be required inside the museum for everyone over the age of 24 months, regardless of vaccination status. There will be COVID health and safety guidelines in place for everyone, including Makers.
  • There are performances during the day and at the end of the event that are part of the Cochecho Arts Festival concert series.
  • Can’t make it on the day of? Some of the content from the festival will be virtual and can be seen on the CMNH website and their social media for two weeks after the festival. 

Photo provided by the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire.

Bring the Family Together

Events like these are so inspiring because folks of all ages can celebrate what makes us human: the desire to create, innovate, entertain, and be unique. I’m personally so excited to go discover other makers in NH that I haven’t had exposure to yet. This is sure to be an exciting day, so book your calendars now for the NH Maker & Food Fest! 

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