NH Maker & Food Fest

September 18, 2021

The NH Maker & Food Fest is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists, to chefs, the Maker & Food Fest is a venue for these "makers" to show hobbies, experiments, projects, and for all of us to enjoy fantastic food!

We call it the Greatest Show & Tell (& Taste) on Earth - a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness.

Here's what the 2021 Fest will look like:

  • The Fest will still take place at the Children's Museum of NH in Dover on Saturday, September 18, with COVID health and safety guidelines in place for everyone, including Makers.
  • New this year, participating Makers can submit online content either in addition to or instead of attending the Fest in person. These videos, photos, blogs, etc will be shared here and on CMNH's social media on the weeks leading up to the Fest and exclusive content will be available online for 2 weeks after! Check out some of last year's virtual content below.
  • Food and Food Trucks will be happily welcomed back!
  • Pay what you can admission: Everyone is welcome, regardless of the ability to pay! (suggested donation of $5 per person)

Questions? Reach out to nhmakerfest@childrens-museum.org

Interested in sponsoring the 2021 Fest? Reach out to Monique: monique@childrens-museum.org


2021 Call for Makers Now Open!

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The deadline to apply is Friday, August 20, 2021


Sampling of 2020 Virtual Maker Fest Content


Vagabond Coffee Car

Liam Hardy, Proprietor from Wells, Maine

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When Liam Hardy, Mainer by birth and machinist by trade, wanted to convert a 1949 International Harvester into a mobile coffee truck, he knew he could count on the NH Maker community for help, inspiration and resources. During the 2020 Virtual NH Maker & Food Fest, Liam gave a tour of his one-of-a-kind truck. Check that out along with more videos on our YouTube NH Maker Fest Playlist!


Bicycle Maintenance Tips & Tricks

Ryan Kinsella from Saco, Maine

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Ryan has been working on bikes since he was 13 and his most often asked question from bike owners looking to do their own repairs is “how do I change a tire?” So during the 2020 virtual NH Maker & Food Fest he answered that and gave a few great tips along the way. Check that out and more over on our YouTube NH Maker Fest Playlist!


Center for Wildlife - Build a Bat House

Cape Neddick, ME

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The Center for Wildlife in Cape Neddick, Maine is nestled at the base of Mount Agamenticus and has been treating injured and orphaned wild animals and presenting programming to community members for the last 33 years. For the 2020 NH Maker & Food Fest, Education and Outreach Specialist Katie Brodeur showed us how to build a bat house. Bats are the only flying mammal that uses sonar technology, they eat 1000 mosquitos in one hour, and they help to plant and pollinate the Tropical Rainforest! They’re amazing creatures and building bat houses with instructions and guidance from Bat Conservation International will help protect these night allies. Check that out and more over or on our YouTube NH Maker Fest Playlist!


I loved the diversity in the exhibits and the ability for my son to create things and bring them home. He absolutely loved the robots (that's something you don't see everyday) and being able to use his hands to make something grown-ups make.

What makes this day so unique?

There is no better place to meet and learn from some of the most talented people living in your community, all the while enjoying some amazing food from local chefs and food trucks.

The people who participate in this event might be...

  • Makers who build robots
  • Tinkerers who have invented something new
  • Chefs sharing their love of cuisine
  • Artists who have crafted unique objects
  • Homesteaders and engineers who can build anything
  • Authors sharing their love of language
  • Entertainers with music in their souls
  • Educators and community leaders who want to share opportunities
  • Bakers selling delicious in every color
  • Kids with big dreams
  • Technology geeks sharing a love of new innovations

As a guest at the NH Maker & Food Fest you might get to...

  • Interact with robots
  • Play with rockets
  • Try your hand at science experiments
  • Geek-out with innovative technology
  • Build something crazy
  • Craft something beautiful
  • Eat an amazing meal
  • And so much more!

What does it cost?

New this year!

Pay-what-you-can admission to the NH Maker & Food Fest!
Everyone is welcome, regardless of the ability to pay!
(suggested donation of $5 per person)

At the Children’s Museum of NH we believe that everyone can be a maker. Our vision is to inspire all to become the next generation of innovators and creative thinkers and the NH Maker & Food Fest is one way we fulfill that vision.

In that spirit and new for 2021, we are offering pay-what-you-can admission to the Fest to ensure that every child, family and adult can participate, regardless of their ability to pay. A suggested donation of $5 per person will help cover the costs of running the event.


Calling all Makers, Inventors, Artists, Engineers, Performers, and more!

Cut to the Chase! Fill out a Maker application here.

Check out the Maker Manual here

Have you made something really cool you want to share with the world? Or do you have a special skill you would like to demonstrate? There are many options for participating in the NH Maker & Food Fest. You can have a table or booth to share what you're working on, or you can apply to do a talk or group presentation. You can also participate virtually in addition to attending in-person at the Fest, or in place of being at the Fest. You might be a performer, or your company might have a cool new product to showcase. Your project can be as complex as a robot or drone, or a creative activity just for kids.

The Call to Makers for the NH Maker & Food Fest 2021 is now open. Whether you have joined us before (for the Dover Mini Maker Faire), or you are brand new to the Maker Fest experience, we want to hear from you about what you're making how you'd like to share it on September 18, 2021.

To apply to be a Maker, just fill out this form and you will hear back from the committee in 6-8 weeks, or sooner if they have a question for you. The deadline to apply is Friday, August 20, 2021.

Please note that this is a brand new Call to Makers application for 2021. If you submitted an application any time earlier using the 2020 form you need to be sure to re-apply.

We look forward to hearing from you! We expect the 2021 NH Maker & Food Fest - our 9th event - to be even bigger and better this year. This event is still the first and largest in the state of New Hampshire so don't miss this opportunity to share your stuff with hundreds of interested people of all ages.

Questions? Contact us at nhmakerfest@childrens-museum.org.

Food Vendor

Food Vendors at the NH Maker & Food Fest will be invited to participate by the museum. If you are interested in being a food vendor on Saturday, September 18, 2021, please reach out to Neva Cole at neva@childrens-museum.org and describe your menu. All Food Vendors pay a $75 fee to participate in the day, and must sign a participation agreement stating that they are committing to the Fest date and time. Any cancellations within 48 hours of the event will be subject to an additional “no-show” charge of $50.

What we're looking for in a food vendor?

Every year, the New Hampshire Maker & Food Fest brings around 1,600 crazy cool, innovative, and artistic folks to Dover for just one day in the Fall. And while they're here, we'd like to get them hooked on your delectable fare.

Happening on the same day and time as the Maker Fest, in the lower park, is the NH Ukulele Festival, drawing even more people into the park and to taste your food! The Dover Adventure Playground remains open all day as well, and is a huge attraction for area families. This year the Fest will end with a live performance by the Kenny Brothers Band as part of the Cochecho Arts Festival at 3pm.

A lot of our visitors are families with kids ranging in age from birth to teens, so offering a kid's menu is important.

We're open to all different kinds of food. In the past we've happily and hungrily welcomed ice cream vendors, coffee brewers, bakers of all kinds, beer brewers offering small samples, local chefs, local food trucks, Colombian food, and much more!

If you can provide your own electricity, that is ideal.

You need to have a food service permit from the City of Dover good through September 18, 2021.

What you get out of joining the NH Maker & Food Fest

This is one of the first festivals of the Fall, before families get settled back into the school routine.

The food area is open to the public, and this year we are asking people to pay by donation to get into the Fest.

It's super cost effective to join us. There is just a small $75 fee.

The Children's Museum of NH, the organizers and hosts of the NH Maker & Food Fest, is the most visited cultural institution in NH, with over 101,000 visitors coming through our doors every year. We advertise the Maker & Food Fest to all our social media followers, newsletter subscribers, members, and visitors to the museum. You'll get lots of attention leading up to the event!

All Food Vendors pay a $75 fee to participate in the day, and must sign a participation agreement stating that they are committing to the Fest date and time. Any cancellations within 48 hours of the event will be subject to an additional “no-show” charge of $50.

Why sponsor the NH Maker & Food Fest?

Because this is New Hampshire's FIRST and LARGEST Maker Festival. Because everyone needs a little more S.T.E.A.M. in their lives. Because it's going to be AWESOME!

Cut to the Chase! Fill out a sponsorship form here and email it to monique@childrens-museum.org or mail it to the Children's Museum of NH at 6 Washington Street, Dover, NH 03820.

Find your sponsor level and be part of this incredible community extravaganza!

ALL SPONSORS WILL RECEIVE THE FOLLOWING BENEFITS

Sponsor recognition in promotional and marketing materials including press releases, name or logo on the Children's Museum of New Hampshire webpage, and online content (Maker videos shared online in 2020 were viewed more than 30,000 times).

E-blasts and mentions on our extensive social media network including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

MASTER MAKER : $5,000(non-exclusive)

Company banner displayed at the NH Maker & Food Fest.

Link to sponsor's homepage from the Children's Museum of NH website.

Free booth space at the NH Maker & Food Fest.

Logo on virtual content shared online.

Logo on CMNH website and onsite monitors for one year.

INVENTER: $2,500

Company banner display at the NH Maker & Food Fest.

Sponsor logo on the Children's Museum of NH website.

Free booth at the NH Maker & Food Fest.

Logo on virtual content shared online.

Logo on CMNH website and onsite monitor for one year.

ENGINEER: $1,500

Company banner displayed at the NH Maker & Food Fest.

Sponsor logo on the Children's Museum of NH's website.

Logo on virtual content shared online.

CRAFTSMAN: $1,000

Company banner display at the NH Maker & Food Fest.

Sponsor name on Children's Museum of NH website.

Sponsor name on virtual content shared online.

TINKERER: $500

Sponsor name on the Children's Museum of NH website.

MEDIA SPONSORS: GIFTS-IN-KIND

Recognition as a "media sponsor" in all NH Maker & Food Fest marketing.

Logo on Children's Museum of NH website.

Thank you for your interest in being a volunteer at the NH Maker & Food Fest! We depend on our volunteers to make the NH Maker & Food Fest a success.

Cut to the Chase
Sign up to be a volunteer here.

REQUIREMENTS AND TIME COMMITMENTS

Volunteer shifts are about 3 hours in length, with a little extra required at the beginning of some shifts to help transition between the arriving and departing volunteers. If you commit to volunteering, then you will need to commit to at least one 3-hour block, but you are also welcome to volunteer for more. Additionally, some volunteer jobs may require a time commitment for training, which will be held prior to the NH Maker & Food Fest.

We require volunteers to be at least 16 years old. Also, volunteers must provide their own transportation to and from the NH Maker & Food Fest and any necessary training sessions.

OPPORTUNITIES

These are the things we'll need help with:

Setup/Tear-Down: Help Makers load-in and setup their booths on Saturday morning, assist with hanging banners, signs, flags, etc. Saturday Tear-Down volunteers are asked to assist Makers in the swift removal of their equipment, stacking chairs, folding up tables, removing banners, signs, flags, etc. This job has the potential to be physically demanding.

Maker Assistance: Respond to odd jobs from staff such as re-stocking drinks, helping the exhibitors move things, standing in at exhibitor booths if they need a break, or helping any of the other jobs as the need arises.

Parking Lot Monitor: Stationed at the parking lot entrance to direct attendees to an official Fest entrance.

Pre-Fest Load-In Assistance: Help Makers load-in their materials on Friday, September 17 from 5-7pm

REWARDS

Free entrance to the event.

Our unending gratitude and appreciation.

SIGN UP TO BE A VOLUNTEER HERE.

Questions? Reach us at nhmakerfest@childrens-museum.org

Thank you to our 2021 Sponsors

Interested in sponsoring the 2021 NH Maker & Food Fest? Please email Monique for more information: monique@childrens-museum.org.


MASTER MAKER SPONSOR

Sprague

CRAFTSMAN SPONSORS

Beswick Engineering Co., Inc.


Media Sponsors

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