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Portsmouth’s Strawbery Banke Hosts Food, Wine Festival

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Chefs  preparing innovative bites from the grills at “center-stage,” during Vintage & Vine. (photos by Sondra Shapiro)

By Sondra L. Shapiro


Strawbery Banke Museum will host Vintage & Vine, its annual “wine festival in historic style,” Sept. 8 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. (4 p.m. admission for VIP). Celebrating it’s 31st year, the event is in partnership with the New Hampshire Liquor and Wine Outlets.

Vintage & Vine 2018 offers more than 1,000 guests an opportunity to chat with knowledgeable wine and restaurant partners as they nibble and sip their way through the 10-acre, enchanting historical village, while listening to jazz and blues by Cuppa Joe.

Randy Cheney (l) and David Budnik sampling wines during Vintage & Vine.

The premier wine vendor Horizon Beverage, along with preferred wine vendors Pine State Beverage Company and Perfecta Wine Company lead a dozen other wineries and vendors in presenting hundreds of wines for tasting.

This year Star Chefs from The Garden Grille and Bar, Martingale Wharf, Tuscan Kitchen and 250 Market will be grilling up some innovative bites from “center-stage” on the Puddle Dock lawn.

RELATED: Vintage & Vine Participating Restaurants and Wine Distributors

A VIP tent will feature a Grand Tasting along with food samples from the following dining establishments:The Atlantic GrillFigtree Kitchen Cafe, Janee Marie, Private Chef, Mr. Mac’s Macaroni & CheeseRistorante MassimoSALT Kitchen + Bar and New England Biscuit Company.

Auction and Raffle


Silent auction

Silent auction

Not to be missed — The wine raffle and silent auction of items ranging from trips to behind the scene tours to shows and home décor:

South African Photo Safari One Week for Two at Zulu Nyala Wildlife Reserve

Colonial tiger maple slipper foot table with a single drawer from Thomas P. Hand Sr.

Period Furniture

Garden Consultation with Erik Wochholz, Strawbery Banke Museum, Curator of Historic Landscapes

Wentworth by the Sea Hotel and Spa: One-night stay for two plus spa gift certificate

Reserved Parking Spot in the Strawbery Banke Museum parking lot for one year

Private Dinner for Six by Chef Janee Marie at Hidden Meadows Farm & Vineyard

Strawbery Banke Hearth-Cooked Dinner for Six

Rug from ABC Fine Rugs in Portsmouth

Pitt Tavern rental for up to 50 people. (Space only. Date based on availability.)

Labrie Family Skate at Puddle Dock Pond Skating Party for Up To 150. (Must be used in the 2018–19 rink season. Based on availability, with restrictions.)

Hand-pulled woodcut print, “View from the Spiral Staircase” by Don Gorvett — Custom framed by David Pratt.

Bill Pimley grazing on small bites and wine in the VIP tent during Vintage and Vine.

The proceeds from the fundraising event support the nonprofit Museum’s preservation efforts and the History Within Reach program, which brings more than 10,000 schoolchildren to the museum each year. 

Vintage & Vine tickets are available now, and are priced as follows:

General admission: $65; designated driver $25

VIP admission including Grand Tasting:  $120; designated VIP driver $35

Members receive $20 off the price of admission

All guests, including designated drivers, must be 21 years of age or older.

Vintage & Vine is a ‘zero waste event’ using compostable products and recycling all of the wine bottles from the event.

Complimentary transportation from city parking lots and hotels to Strawbery Banke will be provided by the Pickwick’s Nickleby Trolley, operating from 3:30 to 8:30 pm. For the route map, please click here.

Strawbery Banke Museum, in the heart of historic downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is an authentic, 10-acre outdoor history museum dedicated to bringing 300+ years of American history to life. The Museum is a place for children, adults, multigenerational families and groups to gather to explore heritage gardens, historic buildings and crafts, preservation programs, hands-on activities, the stories told by costumed role-players and the changing exhibits that offer hours of fun and discovery. The Museum’s restored buildings and open space invite visitors to immerse themselves in the past. — COMPILED BY SONDRA L.  SHAPIRO

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