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Serving food at a past Taste of Downtown Manchester event. Courtesy photo.




Taste of Downtown Manchester

When: Wednesday, Sept. 13, 5 to 8 p.m.
Where: Various downtown locations
Cost: $10 in advance, and $20 on the day of the event; free for kids 12 and under
Visit: intownmanchester.com
 
Participating restaurants and businesses
A&E Coffee & Tea (1000 Elm St.)
Ben & Jerry’s (940 Elm St.)
Bonfire Restaurant & Country Bar (950 Elm St.)
Cafe la Reine (915 Elm St.)
Central Ale House (23 Central St.)
Dancing Lion Chocolate (917 Elm St.)
Edible Arrangements (1000 Elm St.)
The Farm Bar & Grille (1181 Elm St.)
Firefly American Bistro & Bar (22 Concord St.)
Fratello’s Italian Grille (155 Dow St.)
Hooked Seafood Restaurant (110 Hanover St.)
Ignite Bar & Grille (100 Hanover St.)
Madear’s (175 Hanover St.)
Mid-Town Cafe (814 Elm St.)
Milk & Honey Juicery & Cafe (889 Elm St.)
Penuche’s Music Hall (1087 Elm St.)
Piccola Italia Ristorante (815 Elm St.)
Queen City Cupcakes (790 Elm St.)
Red Arrow Diner (61 Lowell St.)
Stark Brewing Co. (500 Commercial St.)
Thousand Crane (1000 Elm St.)
Torched Pizza (946 Elm St.)




Downtown dining
Taste of Downtown Manchester returns

09/07/17
By Matt Ingersoll listings@hippopress.com



 Sample a variety of offerings from new and established Queen City restaurants during Intown Manchester’s 14th annual Taste of Downtown, happening Wednesday, Sept. 13, from 5 to 8 p.m.

For $10 per person in advance or $20 on the day of, visitors will get a wristband they can pick up in the Brady Sullivan Plaza (1000 Elm St.), as well as a map that will show where all the participating restaurants will be set up. Some of the eateries pair up with downtown businesses and nonprofits to offer a complete eating, shopping and community experience. While many of them are right on Elm Street, others can be found on downtown side streets.
Intown Manchester Executive Director Sara Beaudry said the event has grown over the years, and it’s a way to introduce people to new restaurants or to eateries that people may not have tried before.
“It’s all about strolling downtown and seeing the area in a different way,” she said.
The restaurants represent a variety of cuisines, like Brazilian, Italian, Mexican, Japanese and more. New participating restaurants, according to Beaudry, include the recently opened Bonfire Restaurant and Country Bar, Torched Pizza, Milk & Honey Juicery & Cafe and Matbah Mediterranean Cuisine. 
“We don’t put any stipulations on what the restaurants serve,” she said. “They can decide pretty much whatever they want [to offer]. … We’ve had everything from serving meatballs samples on a toothpick … to another place giving away whole slices of pizza, so it definitely varies depending on what they decide to do.”
Live music and art is also often featured at several locations on Elm Street for the duration of the event.
“We always try to tell people that there is no rush to get to every location, and to just enjoy,” she said.
The event is a fundraiser for Intown Manchester, with proceeds directly benefitting the organization. 





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