NH Maker & Food Fest

August 25, 2018 / 10 am - 4 pm

What is it?

The NH Maker & Food Fest (Formerly the Dover Mini Maker Faire) 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.

Bring your appetites, glimpse the future and get inspired!

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Saturday, August 25, 2018, 10am-4pm

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 have built 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
  • Coffee brewers serving it up hot or cold
  • 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!

Tickets will go on sale June 1st, 2018!

What does it cost?

Tickets go on sale June 1st

Ages 5 and under are FREE

Early Bird Tickets: June 1 - July 31* $8/person
*Sold online June 1 until midnight on July 31, 2018

Advance Tickets: August 1 - 24* $10/person
*Sold online August 1 until noon on Friday, August 24, 2018

At-the-door tickets: $12/person


Family Fun Pack - Two adults and up to 3 children ages 6-17: $35 in advance* / $40 at-the-door
*Sold online June 1 until noon on Friday, August 24, 2018

Ages 5 and under FREE
Advance Tickets for Ages 6 - Adult: $5/person*
*Sold online June 1 until noon on Friday, August 24, 2018 
At-the-door: $6/person

$1 per person for up to two adults and 3 children with EBT Card and ID.
*Must purchase tickets at door

Discounted admission for up to 4 individuals at the event with CMNH library pass, $7 per person.
*Must purchase tickets at door

Discounted admission for up to 4 individuals with military ID, $7 per person.
*Must purchase tickets at door


Tickets go on sale June 1st

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

Cut to the Chase! Fill out a Maker application 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 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 2018 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 August 25, 2018.

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 10.

Please note that this is the brand new Call to Makers application for 2018. If you submitted an application any time earlier this year using the 2017 form you need to be sure to re-apply.

We look forward to hearing from you! We expect the 2018 NH Maker & Food Fest - our 6th 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.

Become a Food Vendor

Be a part of this festival of innovation, creativity and amazing food!

Cut to the Chase! Fill out a vendor application form here.

Every foodie worth their salt knows food trucks are the next big thing - the culinary innovators bringing creative, high-quality, and downright delicious cuisine to the streets. Many of you are also doing your part to support the growing local food movement.

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 late August. And while they're here, we'd like to get them hooked on your delectable fare.

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 August 25, 2018.

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

This is one of the last festivals of the summer before the kids go back to school, so lots of families are looking for something fun and educational to do this weekend.

This year, with the name of the festival being changed to include "Food" and with more affordable ticket options, we are hopeful that more people will be coming to experience not only the Makers, but your delicious food as well!

You'll get to compete for our "Fest Fan Favorite" award! Each Food Vendor will be entered into a foodie competition, and festival guests will vote for their favorite. We'll announce the winner at the end of the event!

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 93,000 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!

Where do I sign up?!

It's easy to apply to become a food vendor at this day-long festival of food and making! Just fill out this application and submit it no later than Friday, August 10, 2018. Once you've been accepted we'll reach out with a confirmation and info on how to pay the vendor fee.

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 carolyn@childrens-museum.org.

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


Sponsor recognition in promotional and marketing materials including e-blasts and here on the Children's Museum of NH website.*

Name or logo featured in digital sponsorship ads on a closed circuit TV inside the Children's Museum of NH.

E-blast and mentions on our extensive social media network including Facebook and Twitter.

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.

30 tickets to the NH Maker & Food Fest.

Logo representation on the NH Maker & Food Fest t-shirts.*

INVENTER: $2,500

Company banner display at the NH Maker & Food Fest.

Sponsor logo on the Children's Museum of NH website and all promotional and marketing materials.*

Free booth at the NH Maker & Food Fest.

20 tickets to the NH Maker & Food Fest.

Logo representation on the NH Maker & Food Fest t-shirts.*

ENGINEER: $1,500

Company banner displayed at the NH Maker & Food Fest.

Sponsor logo on all NH Maker & Food Fest promotional materials.*

12 tickets to the NH Maker & Food Fest.

Logo representation on the NH Maker & Food Fest t-shirts.*


Company banner display at the NH Maker & Food Fest.

Sponsor logo on Children's Museum of NH website.

6 tickets to the NH Maker & Food Fest.

Logo representation on the NH Maker & Food Fest t-shirts.


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

3 tickets to the NH Maker & Food Fest.


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

Logo on Children's Museum of NH website.

2 tickets to the NH Maker & Food Fest.

*Subject to printing deadlines. Sponsor to provide logo in required format.


Alright all you creative individuals, families, clubs, organizations, and school teams...we want YOU to take the Cardboard Challenge!

Cut to the Chase! Fill out this application

What is the Cardboard Challenge?

Basically...we want you to create something...anything...out of mostly cardboard. Develop it. Design it. Construct it. And then bring it to the New Hampshire Maker & Food Fest to show it off!

What can I make?

Your imagination is the only limit! Well, that and it should be able to fit through our doors. You could create a working game, a bee hotel, a costume, a Viking Chess Ship! We're looking to engage your creativity, foster problem solving, resourcefulness, perseverance, and team work!

Here are the RULES

  1. Each team can consist of 1-25 individuals, and can enter to represent one of the following categories, an individual maker, a family/friends team, a school, club, or organization or business.

  2. Your entire creation must be no larger than 5' wide by 5' deep by 7' tall. It should also be free-standing (as in it does not need to be anchored to a wall, ceiling or floor).

  3. 80% of your creation should be made of any kind of cardboard material.

  4. Up to 20% of the materials used to design, decorate, or make your exhibit function can be made of any other kind of material.

  5. At least one team member should be available to transport, set-up and take down the exhibit, as well as also answer questions about your piece at a presentation during the New Hampshire Maker & Food Fest on Saturday, August 25, 2018. Each entry will receive two complementary NH Maker & Food Fest admissions. Additionally, other team members will receive reduced admission at $5 each (not to exceed 25 people).

  6. You may use battery or electricity to power your creation, but the use of chemicals, open flame, or hazardous materials is prohibited.

  7. Finally, you must fill out this form to display with your creation at the NH Maker & Food Fest.

REGISTER NOW Fill out this application.

QUESTIONS? Reach out to Xanthi Gray, CMNH Education Director at xanthi@childrens-museum.org. with any questions about the Cardboard Challenge.

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.


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.


These are the things we'll need help with:

Setup/Tear-Down: Help Makers load-in and setup their booths on Friday evening and 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.

Ticket Sales and Ticket Taking: Sell tickets, take tickets, help with pre-sold check-ins, distribute wristbands, collect emails, monitor venue entrances and exits.

Merchandise & Water Sales: Sell maker-related merchandise and t-shirts.

Check-in and Information Booth: First point of contact for makers and volunteers. Assist makers in finding their table and provide badges. Briefly orient makers to layout and available services. Check-in and check-out volunteers and maintain the list of active volunteers. Answer attendee questions and help visitors plan their day.

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.


NH Maker & Food Fest t-shirt.

Free entrance to the event.

Free entrance to the invitation only Makers party held the night before the NH Maker & Food Fest.

Our unending gratitutde and appreciation.


Thank you to our 2018 Sponsors



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Albany Beswick Rowley


Chinburg Properties

Leone, McDonnell & Roberts, LLC

Martel Plumbing & Heating, Inc.



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