If you’re not from New England, common sense tells you that grilling season is winding down now. However, if you are from New England, you know that the winter season just means shoveling a path to your grill and dusting off the snow. Come January, New Englanders also know that the frigid air and snowstorms mean it’s time for the annual Polar Grill Fest hosted by The Meat House and Redhook Brewery.
On Saturday, January 25, from 12 to 5 p.m., The Meat House and Redhook Brewery will be hosting the third annual Polar Grill Fest at the Redhook Brewery in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, just down the street from the original Meat House location. Since launching the winter grilling festival in 2012, The Meat House and Redhook have entertained back-to-back sell-out crowds of over 3,000 enthusiastic New Englanders…and a few slightly confused out-of-towners. Developing a cult following, the butchers and brewers will once again be firing up the grills and shoveling snow to make way for the event’s local restaurants and bands, activities, and of course, fresh grilled meats and plenty of ice cold beer.
This year’s Polar Grill Fest will be raising funds for 3S Artspace, a local non-profit dedicated to presenting and supporting contemporary artists and their work in order to stimulate the artistic community and creatively engage and educate the public. All proceeds from the event, including a percentage of all vendor sales, will benefit 3S Artspace in their vision to support the arts through education, engaging and showcasing local artists, and providing the foundation and outlets to accommodate them.
“We’re from New Hampshire and we’ve grown our business here, so we know this community because we’ve always been a part of it,” says Justin Rosberg, co-founder and CEO of The Meat House. “We’re very excited to have 3S Artspace as a benefactor of the event and we believe their three space concept of visual art, performing art and culinary art matches up perfectly with the entertainment intent of Polar Grill Fest.”
As the area’s largest winter food festival, held regardless of weather conditions, Polar Grill Fest will feature live music and entertainment, fire pits and ice bars, and a barbecue competition among some of the area’s top restaurants, ultimately awarding a local pit master with the coveted “Best in Snow” award. Redhook will be pouring Winterhook.