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Food Vendor Highlight

Terra Cotta Pasta, Co.

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CMNH Communications Intern, Dave Nassoura had the enviable task of sampling some of the food from one of our August 27, 2016 Dover Mini Maker Faire food vendors.

Terracotta Pasta Company is coming to the Dover Mini Maker Faire once again! I had the chance to stop by their Dover headquarters and try one of their unbelievable meat ball subs. I’m going to be honest, I haven’t always been the biggest meatball sub guy so when I heard that’s what I was having I wasn’t overly excited. But once I saw the size of the meatballs and tasted the sauce that went with it, I was hooked. Terracotta does a meatball sub the way it should be done, lots of meat, lots of sauce, and loaded with provolone. Simple, because it doesn’t have to be complicated to taste great.

I also go to sit down with long time Dover location production manager Corey who started as a cook and prep worker at the facility 10 years ago and worked his way up to a management position. The passion Corey has for food is evident just listening to him talk for 5 minutes. Terracotta loves their pastas and that really does come through in the quality and freshness of every product. Corey explained to me how much creating a quality product means to him, “that’s one of my favorite parts of the job” he said “to be able to give people something I know is a quality product and see them satisfied”.

Corey also said that despite 10 years of experience he is always learning new techniques and loves that he gets to come to work everyday and still push the boundaries of his craft and better himself. He also talked about how much of a family the company is and how everyone really comes together during the production process leading up to events. The whole Terracotta Dover team loves doing events because they get to interact with the public and see the satisfaction on people’s faces as they enjoy the product they have worked so hard to create.

Terracotta Pasta will have their famous meatball subs at Maker Faire this year along with raviolis, fresh garlic bread, and pizzas! I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Terracotta Pasta company and highly recommend checking them out next Saturday August 27th!

Don’t wait to purchase tickets to this year’s Faire! Online tickets are only $10! They are $12 at the door.

2016 Schedule

Dover Mini Maker Faire Workshop & Demo Schedule

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You won’t have to wait till Saturday to plan your visit to the 4th annual Dover Mini Maker Faire! We’ve got your programs here, and below. We were just looking through the schedule and noticed that almost HALF of the Makers this year are NEW to the Faire and have never participated before. That says a lot about how creative our local community is. Let’s celebrate that innovation in a big way this Saturday!

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IMAG7750All Day – Rocket Launching
Lower Henry Law Park
Create and test your own paper rocket with the folks from Air Rocket Works!

All Day – North East Ghostbusters Alliance Taskforce Ecto
Roaming throughout the Faire
Find them as they look for goblins, ghosts and ghouls. They’ll test your psychic powers and may even have a treat for you! Be sure to ask about and collect their personalized trading cards too! The Ghostbusters love to chat about their gear and how it’s made!

All Day – The New England Garrison of the 501st Legion
Roaming throughout the Faire
The New England Garrison of the 501st Legion-members of the Star Wars costuming fan club will be patrolling the Faire and love to meet their galactic fans! 

10:30am – Story-Telling
Inside the Children’s Museum of NH
Join 16 year old author and illustrator Lauren Tarbuck as she reads from her book “Room of Shadows”, a story about five year old Maria who is afraid of all the shadows in her room and what her mom does to calm her fears.

balloon-lady2-MF1510:30am – Balloon Artist Terri Marsh
Inside One Washington Mill
She’ll teach you how to make your own balloon creations!

11am-3pm (runs every 30 minutes) – 7th Settlement Brewery Tours
On location across the street from CMNH. Sign up at their booth in Henry Law Park
Join 7th Settlement brewers for tours of their micro brewery and learn about the science and history of brewing. 

11am – NAO Humanoid Robot
Inside the Children’s Museum of NH
Learn about and see NAO, the world’s leading humanoid robot perform live!

Noon – Sub Zero Ice Cream Stage Show
Henry Law Park Stage
Sub Zero will show you how “cool” science can be! We’ll explore the states of matter, the relationship between volume, pressure and temperature and even the Leidenfrost effect. With visual experiments performed before your eyes, you get to interactively participate by providing your hypotheses as to what the outcome of the experiments will be!

12:30pm – Balloon Artist Terri Marsh
Inside One Washington Mill
She’ll teach you how to make your own balloon creations!

12:30pm – NAO Humanoid Robot
Inside the Children’s Museum of NH
Learn about and see NAO, the world’s leading humanoid robot perform live!

1pm – How to Publish A Book
Inside the Children’s Museum of NH
Have a great idea for a book but don’t know how to get it published? Children’s author Layne Case, owner of AMITY Publications, will lead you through the process of how to become a published author.

1:30pm – Ghost Bubbles with the Ghostbusters!
Henry Law Park Stage
Who you gonna call when you want to create some swirly, whirly ghost bubbles?

2pm -Short “Short Film Festival”
Inside the Children’s Museum of NH
“Signing” by Gina Catalfo Nelson. “Rocketship” by Alfred Thomas Catalfo. Excerpt from “The Man Who Wasn’t Tex Magru” by Narrow Street Films. Films will be followed by a Q&A with the Directors.

2:45-3:30pm – Build Your Own Egg Drop Container
Inside the Children’s Museum of NH
Can you create a container to keep little Eggie safe from a drop off the Museum roof? We will find out at 3:30pm when we launch our design from the front of the Museum!

3pm – Narrow Street Films Stunt Team
Henry Law Park Stage
The NSF stunt team has been creating stage and film action pieces for close to ten years and have over 100 years combined martial arts experience. Join them for a workshop to learn the ins and outs of making a cool, dynamic and dangerous (looking) action scene.

3:45pm Egg Drop Launch from the Children’s Museum Roof!
Whose egg-saving designs will survive the three-story drop? Come and find out! (Workshop to build your own egg drop container is from 2:45-3:30pm inside the Museum.)

4pm – T-Shirt Slingshot Finale
Henry Law Park Stage
Join us to say goodbye to Maker Faire 2016!

Food Vendor Highlight

Hot Potato Food Truck

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CMNH Communications Intern, Dave Nassoura had the enviable task of sampling some of the food from one of our August 27, 2016 Dover Mini Maker Faire food vendors.

Hot Potato Food Truck, based out of Newmarket, serves Barbecue and specialty fries all over New England. The truck was started by two brothers who both have experience working in the food industry, one in barbecue and one in the Toronto food scene. A little over a year ago the two decided to come together and use each of their strengths by experimenting with smoked meats, BBQ techniques and of course French fries. Hot potato has a simple but efficient menu that includes pulled pork, smoked sausage and poutine, which is made up of fries, cheese, gravy and usually some sort of meat. The Ayotte brothers like to have fun with what they make, often changing their menu week-to-week with a variety of things like Jamaican jerk pulled pork and beer battered haddock fish tacos.

I hit the Hot Potato food truck on a 90-degree night at Henry Law Park in downtown Dover. I could smell the smoked meats as I walked up to the window of the truck. I decided to play it safe and go with a classic pulled pork sandwich with fries. When I got the food I knew it was going to be one of the greatest pulled pork sandwiches I’d ever eaten before I even took a bite. I was holding the perfect pulled pork sandwich piled high with coleslaw and tastefully dressed with extra BBQ sauce. As I took my first bite I quickly realized the passion and time that was put into this sandwich. This sandwich had to have been made by someone who is dedicated to the craft and has gone through a lot of trial and error in order to arrive at such a spectacular product. The levels of flavor were so complex and strong. I couldn’t get it into my stomach fast enough! And all around and beneath the sandwich is an endless supply of fries.

Don’t wait to purchase tickets to this year’s Faire! Online tickets are only $10! They are $12 at the door.

Food Vendor Highlight

Boogalows Island BBQ

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CMNH Communications Intern, Dave Nassoura had the enviable task of sampling some of the food from one of our August 27, 2016 Dover Mini Maker Faire food vendors. He wisely chose Boogalows Island BBQ!

Boogalows Island BBQ, formally located in Kensington packed up their meat smokers and took them on the road in their Boogalow BBQ food truck. I got a chance to stop by and meet owners Sharee and Dave at the recent Stratham Fair. Sharee who is Jamaican herself made sure I got the full experience and hooked me up with a big plate of everything from mango chicken to Jamaican jerk pork and a refreshing Jamaican grapefruit soda called ting. I found myself in meat heaven as I stuffed my face with a Jamaican jerk drumstick fresh off the meat smoker. Everything was so flavorful and the meat smoker made the chicken fall right off the bone. The best part was that Sharee gave me a cup of spice jerk sauce which I proceeded to pour all over everything. Enter cloud nine!

boogalowsislandbbq-webIf you like spice Boogalows is the place to try, but if spice isn’t up your alley they’ve got you covered too. The mango chicken on a stick was definitely my favorite of the assortment of meats I had. The sweet flavor of the mango marinade was truly something I had never tasted and something I now need to taste again.

After my truly amazing island BBQ meal I got a chance to talk with Sharee who told me how the truck came to be. She said she noticed there weren’t many options for Jamaican BBQ in the area and decided that her and her husband Dave would follow their dreams and open a restaurant. Her husband Dave has been a chef for 20 years and she had worked in the hospitality industry. She said she “enjoys giving people what they want and making them happy,” which really does show as I watched her interact with each and every customer to make sure they got exactly what they wanted. She even replaced a customer’s meal when they realized they had accidentally ordered something spicy. The great knowledge and hospitality of Sharee coupled with Dave’s chef skills and those beautiful meat smokers makes the Boogalows Island BBQ truck a must “eat” for this year’s Dover Mini Maker Faire. Stop by and experience it for yourself!

Don’t wait to purchase tickets to this year’s Faire! Online tickets are only $10! They are $12 at the door.