Food Notes: An Indian Dinner, and a ‘NanoFest’

Valley News Staff Writer
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The East Corinth branch of Help Kids India, a nonprofit that supports five preschools for children of the “untouchable” caste in the rural Tamil Nadu state of south India, is holding a benefit dinner at the Bradford Congregational Church on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. The $20 admission fee includes an authentic vegetarian Indian meal prepared by Sheena Arora, of the Asian Super Store in Lebanon. For more information or to make reservations (recommended), call 802-222-4029.


With a maximum production of four barrels of beer per batch and 2,000 barrels each year, nanobreweries are even smaller than microbreweries. Ten of these small-scale brewers will gather at the Tunbridge Fairgrounds’ Dodge Gilman building on Saturday from 12 to 6 p.m. for the Vermont Nanobrewery Festival, aka NanoFest, hosted by Tunbridge’s own Brocklebank Craft Brewing. Other Upper Valley brewers will include Upper Pass Beer Co., also based in Tunbridge, and the Brewery at the Norwich Inn. Food trucks offering tacos, barbecue and wood-fired pizza will be available to slake any ale-induced cravings, and live bluegrass music from Turnip Truck and Red Barn Hayloft will serenade the event.

The NanoFest is open to all, but those wishing to imbibe must show an ID and be 21 or over. For tickets ($10) or more information, visit brocklebankvt.com/vermont-nanofest.html.

Newport’s Library Arts Center holds its annual Apple Pie Crafts Fair on the Town Common this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Highlights will include live music, handmade crafts and an apple pie contest and sale.

Afterward, under the big tent, the Old Courthouse Restaurant will serve up an al fresco dinner featuring food from the Newport Farmers Market starting at 5 p.m. For tickets to the dinner ($35) or more information visit libraryartscenter.org.


Each Wednesday, Lebanon’s Spark! Community Center on Bank Street holds a free cooking class from 12:30 to 1 p.m. The class focuses on healthy, inexpensive dishes and basic culinary techniques. For more information visit sparkcommunitycenter@gmail.com or call 603-678-8619.

Starting at 5 p.m. today, Dan and Whit’s general store in Norwich will hold a wine tasting in the cellar of the Norwich Inn to benefit the Good Neighbor Health Clinic, a White River Junction-based nonprofit that provides free medical and dental care to low-income adults in the Upper Valley. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, and include a coupon for $5 off any dinner at the Norwich Inn. For more information, call Dan and Whit’s at 802-649-1950.

The Lebanon Gourmet Cooking Club, which focuses on different cuisine each month, holds its monthly meeting this Friday night at 6:30 at 31 Guyer St., in Lebanon. This month’s potluck theme is “Creole and Cajun Cuisine,” and organizers encourage members to bring a dish or recipe to share. All skill levels are welcome, and membership is free. For more information, call Lisa Green at 603-359-7116.

EmmaJean Holley can be reached at eholley@vnews.com or 603-727-3216.