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Polar Grill Fest

When: Saturday, Jan. 20, noon to 5 p.m.
Where: Redhook Brewery & Pub, 1 Redhook Way, Pease Tradeport, Portsmouth
Cost: $5 general admission; food plates and beers cost an additional $5 each
Visit: redhook.com




Chilled and grilled
Food trucks, beer-infused hot drinks at Polar Grill Fest

01/18/18
By Matt Ingersoll listings@hippopress.com



 It may be the middle of winter, but that won’t stop the Redhook Brewery & Pub in Portsmouth from throwing an outdoor cookout, complete with live entertainment, beer tastings, local restaurant vendors and, for the first time this year, food trucks and an adult hot chocolate and coffee station.

The seventh annual Polar Grill Fest is happening Saturday, Jan. 20, from noon to 5 p.m. With a peak turnout of more than 2,500 people, the event has grown into one of the largest winter festivals in the area.
“It’s hard not to want to just hide inside this time of year, so the event has generally become a great way to get the community to come out together and have fun,” Redhook’s banquet and events manager Meagan Cowan said.
The festival features a heated tent as well as fire pits people can use to stay warm. 
There are five participating food vendors total — two restaurants and three food trucks.
“We’ve already been starting to get some great feedback … from people who are excited about the food trucks,” she said. “We’re going to have the Travelin’ Bones BBQ truck, we’ll have Melt, which serves pressed sandwiches, and we’ll have Sabor Latino, which is Latino comfort food.”
The other food vendors are Eastern Burger Co. from Stratham and the Portsmouth Gas Light Co., which has participated in the past. Red Hook Brewery will be serving its own fresh apple crisp and beers for $5 as well.
“We ask each vendor to have at least one item priced at $5 and the rest of their menu … can go from there, depending on what they are offering,” Cowan said.
A new station will offer beer-infused hot chocolates and coffees using Red Hook’s brews. But the event is family-friendly and open to all ages, with games like cornhole, ring tosses using hula hoops, and live music from DJ Alex Martino of First Class Weddings.
According to Red Hook’s general manager, Nick Wright, while the weather conditions on the day of the festival have an impact on its turnout, the Polar Grill Fest is always held “snow or shine.”
“You know, we’ve had it from when it was 60 degrees out … to when there was a much as a 10-inch snowstorm coming through, and even then I’d say we probably had 500 or 600 people come out,” he said.
Proceeds from the festival benefit the Seacoast Family Food Pantry. 





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