The Hippo


Jun 4, 2020








Taste of Manchester

When: Wednesday, Sept. 14, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Where: downtown Manchester
Tickets: $25 ($30 the day of the event) at the Intown Manchester office, 1000 Elm St., Manchester.
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Participating restaurants include 900 Degrees Pizzeria, A Caribbean Affair, Ben & Jerry’s, Consuelo’s Taqueria, Cotton, Edible Arrangements, El Rincon Zacatecano Taqueria, Firefly American Bar & Bistro, Fratello’s Italian Grille, Hilton Garden Inn (The Patio), Hooked, Ignite Bar & Grille, JD’s Tavern, Jillians, Margaritas Mexican Restaurant, Midtown Cafe at the Beacon, Milly’s Tavern, Mint Bistro, Murphy’s Taproom, Nadeaus Subs, Salads & Wraps, Piccola Italia, Portland Pie Co., Red Arrow Diner, Thousand Crane, Wild Rover Pub, XO On Elm and Z Food & Drink.

Participating retailers include Blended Solutions Technical Institute, Elizabeth’s on Elm, EVision Eyecare, Grolen Communications, Karma Lounge, Palace Theatre, Segway of Manchester, Shaggin’ Salon, Shop Estella and With Heart & Hand.

Good tastes at the Taste
Manchester once again offers a downtown sampler


The Taste of Downtown Manchester has continued to evolve as the landscape of the Queen City’s downtown area evolves, said Samantha DePrima, Intown Manchester director of marketing and public relations, about the local foodie event that’s now in its eighth year.

“Each year there are always new restaurants to try out, new businesses that have popped up that people may not know about and this event provides a perfect opportunity to explore both facets of downtown Manchester,” DePrima wrote in an e-mail.

Twenty-seven restaurants have signed on to hand out samples of some of their best dishes during this year’s event, which will be held downtown on Wednesday, Sept. 14, from 5 to 8 p.m., and unlike in years past most will be serving directly from their own establishments. Eleven downtown retailers will offer promotions and sales for Taste ticket-holders during event hours.

“A thriving, vibrant downtown is dependent on the patronage of the businesses therein,” DePrima said.
Events like the Taste “help [people] to get out of their cars and onto the streets of our downtown to explore what our businesses have to offer,” she wrote.

“People can expect a friendly, warm and inviting atmosphere in our downtown community and because there are so many hidden treasures down here,” DePrima continued.

Hooked, XO on Elm, El Rincon Taqueria and the Midtown Café at the Beacon are among the newcomers to the downtown dining celebration.

Neville Pereira, owner of both Ignite Bar & Grille ( and Hooked (, has opted to partner once again with the Palace Theatre for the event and will be serving dishes from the theater’s new booking office, as a way to help introduce the new space. Pereira said he plans to serve Asian barbecued steak tips and Ignite-style Chicken Piccata made with sliced pepperoncinis and feta cheese. He will also serve the tuna tartare offered at Hooked.

“[The Taste of Downtown Manchester] kicks off the busy season for most restaurants — people returning from vacation get back in the groove of being in town,” Pereira said. “The event gives [restaurants] an opportunity to showcase what we carry and also brings everyone downtown to show everyone what is out there.”

Tom Puskarich, owner of Z food and drink (, echoed the thoughts of Pereira.

“And it offers a great sense of community in coming together to eat and break bread with each other,” Puskarich added. Puskarich plans to serve three different types of tacos at Z during the event.

“I will serve at least one [taco] that is on the new menu and at least one that will be a new creation,” Puskarich said.

DePrima expects that this year’s event will be a sell-out, which means 1,000 diners would be eating and shopping their way through the downtown area.

“Expect amazing food, tremendous sales and also, to see a ton of new businesses that have sprouted up since your last stroll downtown,” she said.

The ticket price includes a map of tasting locations, which must be presented to sample food at each spot. Guests that present a ticket with a minimum of 10 locations checked off (with three of those from the Millyard area) at Intown Manchester at the event will be entered to win $200 in downtown dining gift certificates.

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