The Best Food Festivals to Check Out This June

Sample the state's greatest grub at these food and drink fairs



Photo Courtesy of New England Brewfest

New England Brewfest

June 24-26, Lincoln and Woodstock

More than a dozen local and national breweries set up shop in the White Mountains for this annual event. Sample brews (and ciders), enjoy a scenic beer pairing dinner on the Café Lafayette Dinner Train or settle in for Hop Talks or the Sunday morning “Believing Brewers” service. Ticket prices vary by event. Loon Mountain Resort, 60 Loon Mountain Rd., Lincoln. (603) 745-6621; nebrewfest.com

Taste of Downtown Nashua

June 1, Nashua

This 22-year-old festival was the first such “taste of” event in the Granite State and features 25-plus participating restaurants. $35. 6-8:30 p.m. (603) 883-5700; downtownnashua.org

Taste of Milford

June 3, Milford

Attendees vote for their favorite vendors in categories like Best Entrée at this community fair, featuring businesses like Carole’s Cake Creations and popular vendors from the Milford Farmers Market. $12-$25. 6-8 p.m., Downtown Milford. (603) 249-0676; milfordimprovementteam.org

WOKQ Chowder Festival

June 4, Portsmouth

Restaurants from around the Seacoast compete for the Golden Ladle at this beloved Prescott Park Arts Festival event. $7-$14. 11:30 a.m., Prescott Park. (603) 436-2848; prescottpark.org

Best of New Hampshire Party

June 16, Manchester

Join us as NH Magazine celebrates the best the state has to offer, featuring food and drink from more than 60 Best of NH award-winning restaurants. $19-$65. 6:30-9 p.m., Northeast Delta Dental Stadium, Home of the NH Fisher Cats, 1 Line Dr. bestofnh.com

Rock’n Ribfest

June 17-19, Merrimack

If you’re looking for more than just grub at your food festival, then Rock’n Ribfest delivers. Live music, Budweiser brewery tours and 25- and 50-mile bike rides accompany the ribs, pulled pork and burgers. $7-$10. 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Fri., 9 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Sat., 8:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sun. Anheuser-Busch Brewery, 221 Daniel Webster Hwy. ribfestnh.com

photo courtesy of angela greene
The 2016 WOKQ Chowder Festival will be held June 4.

Taste of the Nation

June 22, Portsmouth

This swanky event celebrates its 23rd year in 2016. The finest restaurants on the Seacoast donate their wares to attendees, whose admission cost goes directly and entirely to the local branch of Share Our Strength, a nationwide charity seeking to eradicate childhood hunger in the United States. $85-$175. 6:30-10 p.m. (5:30 p.m. kickoff for VIPs), Strawbery
Banke Museum, 14 Hancock St. strength.org/portsmouth

Phantom Gourmet BBQ & Country Music Festival

June 24-26, Rochester

New Hampshire might not be known for its BBQ, but luckily this event brings the world’s best to you. Aussom Aussie, Texas Lightning and Chicago BBQ are among the vendors at this massive festival. Nashua-based Bruster’s Ice Cream leads the roster of desserts. $5. Tri-City Arena, 72 Lafayette St. phantomgourmetbbq.com

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