Bring your appetite to the 12th annual Taste of New Hampshire (formerly Taste of Concord)

Tracy Fitts, a sous shef at the Concord Co-op, talks to visitors at the ninth annual Taste of Concord at the Grappone Conference Center on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014. The Co-op offered their version of steak tartare.  (JULIE BYRD-JENKINS / Monitor staff) JULIE BYRD-JENKINS
Tracy Fitts, a sous shef at the Concord Co-op, talks to visitors at the ninth annual Taste of Concord at the Grappone Conference Center on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014. The Co-op offered their version of steak tartare. (JULIE BYRD-JENKINS / Monitor staff) JULIE BYRD-JENKINS
Paige Averill, kitchen manager at Hermanos, serves up mini pork burritos with Scott Jordan, cook at Hermanos, during the ninth annual Taste of Concord at the Grappone Conference Center on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014.  (JULIE BYRD-JENKINS / Monitor staff) JULIE BYRD-JENKINS
Paige Averill, kitchen manager at Hermanos, serves up mini pork burritos with Scott Jordan, cook at Hermanos, during the ninth annual Taste of Concord at the Grappone Conference Center on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014. (JULIE BYRD-JENKINS / Monitor staff) JULIE BYRD-JENKINS

There are dozens of great places in Concord where you can go to grab a bite to eat. Whether you’re looking for classic American fare, Chinese, Mediterranean or Mexican, there are more than enough options to satisfy everyone.

But what about the people who love it all, and don’t feel like schlepping all over town to try everything?

For them, there’s the Taste of New Hampshire, which is coming up on Oct. 19 at the Grappone Conference Center.

Formerly called Taste of Concord, Taste of New Hampshire is an annual event showcasing the best eats and drinks the capital region has to offer. And, it’s a benefit event, with all proceeds going to support the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central New Hampshire, which puts on Taste of New Hampshire.

“We decided to expand it a little bit this year because the Boys & Girls Club has also expanded over the years,” said Lisa Clark, special events and development manager at the Boys and Girls Clubs.

There will be 35 restaurants and businesses represented, with each restaurant having at least one dish available for everyone to try. These will be appetizer-sized portions, Clark said, and there’s no limit to how many items you can try.

There will also be plenty to drink.

Since New Hampshire Distributors is one of the primary sponsors, you can expect plenty of beer to be available in little taster cups. There will also be several wines to try.

On the food side, it’s basically just a free-for-all – attendees can poke around and try as much or as little as they want – but there will also be a competitive side to the event in the form of a slider competition.

The 12th annual Taste of New Hampshire is intended for those ages 21 and over.

Tickets are $35 or 10 for $300 and can be purchased pre-event at 99 Restaurant & Pub and Cimo’s South End Deli, online at tasteofnewhampshire.com or at the door. The event will run from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. For more info, call 225-3710.

Author: Jon Bodell

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