Main Street Initiative aims to wake up downtown by staging the first
ever New Hampshire Coffee Festival sponsored by the Bank of New
Hampshire this Saturday, September 14, from 1 - 5 p.m.
Moriarty, president of the organization, said that as home to three
coffee roasting enterprises, Laconia was the ideal venue to celebrate
one of the most popular beverages in the world. Altogether nine coffee
roasters will be among the more than two dozen vendors at the event
offering coffee in all its many guises as well as "everything coffee,"
including popcorn, cup cakes, ice cream and even soap.
will feature the music of the Jonathan Lorentz Trio playing their own
brand of what Moriarty called "coffee house jazz." The Grace Capital
Church will stage the "Java Games," a series of coffee sack races,
coffee bean bag tossing and coffee tic-tac-toe capped by a coloring
contest. "There is something for all ages," Moriarty said.
13, and Derek, 11, who work with their Dad, Jim Daubenspeck, at his
Main Street shop, LaBelle's Shoe Repair, sneak in some intense training
for the coffee bean sack race. The race will be one of the premier
contests of the Java Games, a family-friendly component of the
inaugural, statewide, N. H. Coffee Festival to be held Saturday
September 14, 2013.
There will be talk about how to brew a great cup of coffee - and what makes the difference! Dan Demers owner of D Squared Java of
Exeter, New Hampshire will present a demonstration
of "latte arts," or carving decorations to embellish a cup of latte. Of course there will be a place to sit and just enjoy the coffee and the ambiance!
said that "building community before commerce is the mantra of the Main
Street Initiative and a festival celebrating the most social and
convivial of drinks provides an occasion for people to come together and
share a common experience. At the same time, he said that the festival
is part of the Main Street Initiative's fundraising campaign, which
aims to enhance the holiday lighting downtown as well as provide a
scholarship to a start-up business.