Category Archives: Food in the Valley

The Best of NH Ballot Closes in 1 Week

The opportunity to vote in the annual Best of NH Ballot closes on Monday, March 20th.  This is your opportunity to voice your opinion on New Hampshire’s best restaurants, bars, services, and people, so cast your vote before it’s too late!

To cast your votes, please visit http://www.nhmagazine.com/Best-of-NH-Ballot/.

About The Best of NH

Since 2000, New Hampshire Magazine has polled and published the picks of its readers and editors in categories that range from best cupcakes to best martini to best antiques shop and everything in between.

Their annual Readers’ Poll and extensive list of Editor’s Picks all lead up to the state’s biggest celebration, The Best of NH Party, which will be held at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester, NH on Thursday, June 15, 2017. Their 16th annual event will showcase New Hampshire Magazine Best of NH-award winners in an evening of food, fun, live music and festivities that benefits Stay Work Play New Hampshire.

2017 Chili Cook-Off and Feelin’ Good 5K Race

Saturday, April 8th is the time to shake off the winter chills and join us for a fabulous foodie event to kick off our Spring season here in Mt Washington Valley! There will be plenty of chili and cornbread to keep you fueled for a day of fun, festivity, and a 5K race, plus North Conway Village shopping and the event’s  Red Hot Stops where you can find treats and shopping deals.

chili-5k-logoThis is the first year of the Feelin’ Good 5k Race through the White Mountain Milers. Burn some calories before indulging in chili and cornbread samples at the Cook-Off and explore beautiful North Conway Village by running or walking in the race! The race kicks off at Schouler Park in North Conway at 9:30am, where participants will race around the village and near Cranmore Mountain, finishing back at the park. Awards will be given to the top three overall runners and walkers.

The Feelin’ Good 5K is open for registration through White Mountain Milers and the RunReg website. The Race Fee is $35 per person and includes your entry to the Chili Cook-Off, access to the After Party at Abenaki Trail Restaurant, and store discounts at the Red Hot Stops.

Event Schedule:
  • 8:00AM – 5K Registration/Bib pick up
  • 9:15AM – 5K Registration tent is closed
  • 9:30AM- 5K Race begins
  • 10:45AM – Race Award Ceremony
  • 11:00AM – Chili Cook-Off Doors open 
  • 3:00 PM – Chili Cook-Off Ends
  • 4:00PM – Chili Cook-Off After Party & Award Ceremony

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About the Annual Chili Cookoff

Hosted by the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce, the annual Chili Cook-off has featured the culinary creations of professional chefs, individuals, local organizations, and nonprofits for many years. What started with just a few vendors has now grown to more than 40 vendors. Hundreds of hungry chili fans will fill The Village of North Conway tasting the best of the Valley’s chili recipes.

The Many Ways to Enjoy the Day

chili-cookoffThere are so many ways to participate in the fun at the Annual Chili Cook-Off! Professional and non-professional chefs are welcome to register their team for their chance to win fabulous prizes and bragging rights. Chef registration is open and filling up fast! For more information, please review the 2017 Chili Cook-Off Chef Guidelines.

There are a variety of sponsorship opportunities available for businesses to promote their brand. Sponsorship packages vary in cost and exposure and there are packages available for nonprofits. For more information, please review the 2017 Chili Cook-Off Sponsorship Packages document or contact the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce.

chili-cookoff2In this event, ticket holders are judges, too! In purchasing tickets and sampling many delicious chili and cornbread recipes, ticket holders are in control of the “People’s Choice” vote. Ticket holders will receive three different colored tickets for use as ballots – one for Best Chili, one for Best Cornbread, and one for Best Display of Theme.

Event Tickets and More Information

Tickets for the Chili Cook-Off are $15 for adults and $7 for children, with free admission for children under 3. Interested parties may purchase Early Bird tickets by contacting the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce, and tickets will be available on the day of the event for the same prices at the ticket booth.

There are lodging package agreements available for interested lodging properties in the area as well. Contact the Chamber for more information.

For more information on the Chili Cook-Off, visit http://www.mtwashingtonvalley.org, call the Chamber at (877) 948-6867 or (603) 356-5701 or email Visitor Services at visitor@mtwashingtonvalley.org.

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28th Annual Chocolate Festival

On Sunday, February 26th join us for the sweetest day on the trails at the 28th Annual Chocolate Festival! Spend a day of outdoor winter fun and indulge in sweet treats to benefit the Mt. Washington Valley Ski Touring Foundation, a non-profit organization. The foundation is a 501 (c)(3) non profit organization dedicated to providing Conway residents, taxpayers, and school age children with access to winter recreation opportunities including snowshoeing and Nordic skiing at no cost.

Whether traveling through the trail stops by cross country ski, snowshoe, or by car, participants will enjoy the spectacular scenery, warm hospitality, and great chocolate treats of the Mount Washington Valley. For those that choose to cross country ski or snowshoe, unleash your inner winter adventurer by embarking on our groomed 45-km trail network!

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2017 Trailside Chocolate Shops
(Open from 11am – 4pm)
  • 1785 Inn
  • Adventure Suites
  • Eastern Inns
  • Stonehurst Manor
  • Old Field House
  • Riverside Inn B&B
  • The Touring Center at Ragged Mountain Equipment
  • The Whitaker Woods Meeting House (treats provided by Vintage Baking Company)

Save money by purchasing your tickets in advance. If purchased prior to the event, the festival pass is $30 per person, or $35 per person on the day of the event. Please note that the event is a fundraiser and tickets are non-refundable.

For more information, visit mwvskitouring.org/Chocolate-Festival.html or call (603) 356-9920.

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Storybook Character Breakfasts to Benefit Believe in Books Literacy Foundation

Visit the Theater in the Wood throughout the months of February, March, and April to meet some of your favorite Storybook Characters for a cause! Starting at 10 am, enjoy a tasty pancake breakfast with the Believe in Books Foundation’s very own 100 Acre Wood Maple Syrup. Enjoy a storybook reading surrounded with new friends,  and meet with the characters afterwards.

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The morning will include a book swap (bring a gently used book and swap it with another), a pancake breakfast including our own 100 Acre Wood Maple Syrup, a storybook reading and visit involving the character of the day, as well as access to the 100 Acre Wood Trail System!  After your meal, visit our Maple Sugar Shack afterward to see how we make it!

The Storybook Character Breakfast Schedule
  • February 25th:  Goldilocks
  • March 4th:  Cat in the Hat – Celebrate his Birthday!
  • March 11th: Cinderella
  • March 18th: Red Riding Hood
  • March 25th: Alice in Wonderland
  • April 15th: The Lorax

Tickets for each breakfast are available for purchase at the door. The price for each breakfast is $7 per person, and children under 3 free. Participants are welcome to enjoy the trails for the entire day with entry. Suggested donation and all proceeds are to benefit the Believe in Books Literacy Foundation which is a 501 (3) (c) Non-Profit Organization.

For more information, please visit www.believeinbooks.org or call (603) 356-9980.

The Believe in Books Sugar Shack Opens February 18th

It’s that time of year again! The Believe in Books Literacy Foundation will open their Sugar Shack on Saturday, February 18th.  Participate in a guided tour through their Sugar Bush on weekend afternoons, enjoy a wagon ride through the woods, learn about the history of maple sugaring, how to identify maple trees, tap for sap, as well as collection and sample tastings. The tours are approximately an hour long. The foundation recommends participants dress according to the weather as the event is outside.

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The suggested donation for this event is $5 per person, which helps the Believe in Books Literacy Foundation fund their mission and literacy programs.

The mission of the Believe in Books Literacy Foundation is to advance healthy development of young minds through literacy programs that encourage early reading, imagination, and physical activity. The Literacy Foundation is a Charitable 501(c)(3) Non-Profit guided by the needs and involvement of the communities of which it serves.

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Guests are also welcome to take self-guided tours on the Maple Storybook Trail which begins right near the Sugar Shack. This tour can be done anytime, however an inside peek at the Sugar Shack can only be done when the shack is open.

If there is steam rolling out of the Sugar Shack, you are welcome to step inside for a firsthand look of the historic and innovative process of turning sap into maple syrup. Stop in, learn more about one of Mother Nature’s sweetest and healthiest offerings and taste a sample.

The Sugar Shack opens on February 18, but will also be open on February 19, 25, 26 and on March 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, and 26. Believe in Books also offers Group Educational Tours for all ages during Maple Season mid-week.

For more information about the Sugar Shack  and the Believe in Books Foundation, please call 603-356-9980 or visit http://www.believeinbooks.org.

Klinker Brick Wine Dinner at the White Mountain Cider Company

The White Mountain Cider Company welcomes you to their Klinker Brick Wine Dinner on Wednesday, January 25th from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. The event’s menu features wines from the Klinker Brick Winery, featuring owners Lori and Steve Felton. Treat a ‘special someone’ in your life with this opportunity to indulge in the delectable cuisine of the White Mountain Cider Company paired with the fine wines of the Klinker Brick Winery at the per person cost of $75 plus tax and service.

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Wines and Menu Options Include:

Klinker Brick Rose
Tuna tartare, blue ginger aioli
Oysters on the half shell

Klinker Brick Cabernet
Porchetta, black currant & bacon compote
Local mushroom croquettes

Klinker Brick Zinfandel
House smoked duck pastrami
Kobe burger pops, tomato chutney

Klinker Brick Old Ghost
Lamb lollipop, star anise & beet compote
Sirloin, crispy potato, cherry chutney

Klinker Brick Farrah Syrah
Chocolate Plum Cake
Blue Cheese & Blackberry Tart

Please call (603)-383-9061 to make a reservation or for more information.  To learn more about Klinker Brick Winery, please visit http://www.klinkerbrickwinery.com.

Special Wine Dinner at the Christmas Farm Inn & Spa

The Christmas Farm Inn & Spa in Jackson, New Hampshire, welcomes you to attend a special wine dinner on Wednesday, January 25th at 6pm.

adam-lazarreThe dinner will feature special guest Adam Lazarre of Cycles Gladiator Winery. Lazarre is a successful and well-known wine-maker in California, with Best-of-Show wins in many prestigious wine competitions and holds many awards, including Winemaker of the Year in the Sacramento Bee in 2005 and earning #69 on IntoWine.com’s ‘100 Most Influential People In The US Wine Industry.’

The menu for this event includes a 4-course meal with many options. The cost to attend this special event is $75 per person and is all inclusive. For more information on the event or to book your reservation, please call (603) 383-4313 or email events@christmasfarminn.com.

Tuckerman Brewing Company presents Miss Maybell & Slimpickens

Tuckerman Brewing Company has packed up the tent and is bringing their music series back inside with a great line-up through the winter!

This Sunday, October 23 they present Miss Maybell & Slimpicken’s.

maybell-tuckermanAs always this will be a family friendly event. They will have Dueling Chefs Smoke-n-Grille food truck parked out front to take care of dinner and snacks for you!!

Tickets are $5 at the door – 12 years and under are free!

They look forward to seeing you!

ATTITASH CELEBRATES OKTOBERFEST IN PEAK FALL FOLIAGE – COLUMBUS DAY WEEKEND

Attitash Mountain Resort is pleased to announce its 19th Annual Oktoberfest, to be held this Columbus Day Weekend, October 8th and 9th. The annual fall festival will feature plenty of beer, German food and music as well as activities for both young and old.

oktoberfest_kingludwing_outside_720x480_72_rgb The weekend gets off to a running start with the annual Hills & Hops 5k featuring a course spanning the base areas of both Attitash & Bear Peak.  A shorter, one-mile option is available as well. All event proceeds benefit the Attitash Alpine Educational Foundation, a non-profit youth ski racing program operating in the heart of the Mount Washington Valley.  Registration is available online and check-in opens at 7:30am at the Attitash Adventure Center on Saturday with the race starting at 9:00am at the base of Attitash Mountain.

The Oktoberfest gates open at 12:00pm at the base of Bear Peak on both Saturday and Sunday.  Festival-goers will find traditional Oktoberfest food and beverage offerings inside the festival grounds including beers and ciders from 19 different breweries from across the region.  Throughout the weekend traditional Bavarian music will be performed from the world renowned King Ludwig’s Band.

A true family festival, the Attitash Oktoberfest offers activities for all ages. Within the festival grounds the Midas of North Conway Kinderplatz will feature arts & crafts, face painting and other mini-games for kids organized by the Mount Washington Valley Children’s Museum. Outside, youngsters will also find a giant inflatable obstacle course to play in.  Adults can participate in the spectator favorite keg toss or the Sam Adams Stein Hoist where participants attempt to hold a full beer stein for as long as possible.

New this year is the Bud Light Beer Garden: a fully transportable bar that will feature a new beer serving area, bar seating and a number of TVs showing college and pro sports throughout the weekend.

Oktoberfest traditionally coincides with some of the best fall foliage in New England.  This year the Columbus Day weekend will feature colors at their peak across the White Mountains.  Attitash Mountain Resort will operate the Flying Bear Quad for scenic chairlift rides from 10:00am – 4:00pm Saturday, Sunday and Monday.  Adventure seekers can also experience the best foliage view from above the canopy by hopping on the ZipTour – New Hampshire’s longest zip line.  The Alpine Slide & Mountain Coaster will also be open for one last weekend as well.

Hours for this year’s Oktoberfest are 12:00pm – 6:00pm on Saturday and 12:00pm – 5:00pm on Sunday.  The Alpine Slide, Zip Tour, Mountain Coaster and Flying Bear for scenic rides will be open 10:00am– 4:00pm Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

For more information visit Attitash.com or call 1-800-223-7669.  For high res image downloads please visit:  http://bit.ly/AT_Ofest_Photos

There are lots of activities this weekend in Mt. Washington Valley, NH

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Only a few more chances to get to the North Conway Farmer’s Market Saturday 9 am – noon at the Community Center. The last one is October 8.

In conjunction with the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Return of the Pumpkin People Contest Settlers Green presents the Pumpkin People Decorating Contest.

Return of the Pumpkin People is a self-guided tour to view the amazing pumpkin creations by participating businesses and individuals around the Valley. Maps and “People’s Choice” ballots will be available at all participating properties.

While you are checking out the pumpkin people in Jackson stop in at the Cassidy Gallery for a Jewelry making demonstration by  jewelry artist Wendy Wetherbee.

Can you make it out of the Ghoullog unharmed after a 50-minute haunt leads you through dark twists and turns and an outdoor element leading through the scariest of dark woods.

Enjoy spectacular views of the highest peaks in the Northeast on a FREE scenic lift ride.

Join the North Conway Public Library on Oct. 1 for a day of mountain biking fun in the White Mountains at “Bike for Books MTB Adventure Rides.

The Wildcat Tavern presents “Cold River Radio Mini Series”, Vanessa Trouble and The Red Hot Swing, Saturday, October 1, 7:30 opening act, 8:30 main act.

Join the Gibson Center Fundraiser at Black Cap Grille Tuesday Night

Join the Gibson Center Tuesday, September 13 from 5 to 9 for a fantabulous night at Black Cap Grille at Settlers Crossing in North Conway. Join us for dinner, some shared appetizers, hearty desserts and the fabulous fare for which Black Cap is so well known. A portion of the proceeds goes to support The Gibson Center’s meal and transportation programs.

Since 1979, the Gibson Center has provided meals, transportation services and social and educational programs to seniors in the greater Mount Washington Valley area.

Discounted Gift Certificate Sale for The Valley Originals

Gift Certificate Sale!
September 8 starting at 6:00 am.

Visit www.thevalleyoriginals.com to sign up to receive the email Discount Sale alert messages!

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The Valley Originals is a group of locally owned and operated restaurants that have joined together to offer Discounted Gift Certificates – that’s right you can purchase a Gift Certificate with a 30% discount !