A Fine Wine & Food Festival at Strawbery Banke
Aqua supports Strawbery Banke Museum with the planning and execution of its largest annual fundraising event, Vintage & Vine. In this role, Aqua also manages the museum’s relationship with its partner – the New Hampshire Liquor Commission. Aqua oversees all aspects of event planning including messaging, graphic design, media relations, social media marketing, logistics planning, entertainment, and event decor.
The event features a fine wine and gourmet food tasting tour through Strawbery Banke Museum’s historic houses and lavish gardens, representing 400 years in the life of the bustling waterfront neighborhood known as Puddle Dock. Vintage & Vine is the Seacoast’s most popular food and wine festival/fundraiser with more than 900 people attending the sold-out event each year.
Vintage & Vine allows guests a behind the scenes glimpse of more than 20 houses and gardens. Each food and wine service location at Strawbery Banke Museum features one of the Seacoast’s hottest restaurants and a New Hampshire wine distributor. Hors d’oeuvres provided by area restaurants are served at each house. Wine distributors offer dozens of wines to taste. Wines are also available for order at a discount for this one evening only. Nearly every wine distributor in New Hampshire participates in the event along with their staff to pour and speak about the wines offered. A reserve wine tasting is offered in a separate tented/garden area on the grounds. Five star chefs from the region’s best restaurants are featured on large grills at the center of the grounds. The event also features a live band, a bonfire and a silent auction.
Thanks to the unprecedented support from businesses and individuals in the larger community, Vintage & Vine 2010 raised $70,000 to support Strawbery Banke Museum’s preservation efforts, school and summer camp programs and the wide variety of events and programs the museum provides. More than 1,000 people attended the 2011 event, which raised more than $77,000.