The Boston Local Food Festival 2017

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Annual Boston Local Food Festivals 2017! For one spectacular day each year, SBN transforms the Rose Kennedy Greenway and the City of Boston into the nation’s largest local and sustainable food hub! “Healthy Local Food for all” is the catchphrase for the 8th

Boston food festival 2017

The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway was named to honor Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, the matriarch of the Kennedy family. A resounding success in 2016, the Boston Local Food Festival is coming round again on Sunday, the 17th of September, 2017. The Boston Local Food Festival is an outdoor, beginning-of-autumn celebration of the many virtues of locally grown and produced food.

Themed “Healthy Local Food for All”, it is a zero waste, free-festival, celebrating the virtues of eating local food sourced in the Boston area, Massachusetts, and New England. The festival features freshly harvested produce and seafood, and delicious dishes created with local ingredients and takeaways. Given a 5-star rating and with over 100 exhibitors and an attendance of 10,000 last year, it is a festival being looked forward to.

This outdoor festival which will overlook the historic Boston Harbor will showcase farmers, local restaurants, food trucks, specialty food producers, fisher folks, and organisations focusing on healthy food from New England.  The Boston Local Food Festival, also features lively chef and DIY demos, a seafood throw down competition, diverse music and performances, family fun zone and more!

The festival connects Massachusetts and New Englanders

Festival goers learn about the benefits of sustainably grown and produced food, eat delicious local food, participate in fun, educational activities, engage with top local chefs and enjoy local music. The festival connects Massachusetts and New Englanders of all backgrounds with the abundance of fresh, nutritious local food choices available close to home.

So, what is the definition of local food !? Local food which is grown in  Massachusetts and expanding beyond the state to Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont in New England.

This 8-year-old festival is a zero-waste event.  All perishable items sold are made from locally sourced products.  So take your reusable water bottles and bags and enjoy New England’s largest one-day farmers market, while celebrating “Healthy Local Food for All”

Boston food festival 2014

What will you find at the Festival Booths selling freshly harvested produce and seafood from farmers and fishermen

Food booths serving delicious, $8 servings, featuring locally grown foods

Entertaining demonstrations and competitions by chefs and other food experts

Lively local music of many cultural tastes

Interactive workshops featuring

Food-inspired arts and crafts

A global bustling multi-cultural city, Boston, sometimes also called a ‘City of Neighborhoods’, is placed among the top 30 most economically powerful cities in the world. Events, festivals, marathons, farmers’ markets, are all part of the ethos of Boston. With a proliferation of restaurants serving cuisines from all over the world, dining out is a way of life for Bostonians.

People of Irish descent, followed by Italians and people of West Indian and Caribbean ancestry are another sizeable group. Over 27,000 Chinese Americans have made their home in Boston city proper and the city hosts a growing Chinatown. Some neighborhoods have received an influx of people of Vietnamese ancestry in recent decades. The city and greater area also have a growing immigrant population of South Asians, including the tenth-largest Indian community in the country.

Some of the most renowned and highly ranked universities in the world are located in the Boston area. Three universities with a major presence in the city, are located just outside of Boston in the Cambridge/Somerville area known as the Brainpower Triangle. Harvard is the nation’s oldest institute of higher education and is centered across the Charles River in Cambridge.

Food vendors

The Rose Kennedy Greenway is a linear park. It consists of landscaped gardens, promenades, plazas, fountains, art, and specialty lighting systems that stretch over one mile through several downtown Boston neighborhoods. The 17-acre Greenway sits on land created from the demolition of the John F. Fitzgerald Expressway under the Big Dig. With thousands of people attending, the Festival attracts families, urban and suburban dwellers, university students, community and home gardeners, foodies, food bloggers, and tourists.

Food vendors are encouraged to offer dishes and portions that include locally grown or sourced fruits, vegetables, herbs, honey and maple syrup,  dairy, and meat at an affordable maximum price of $8 per serving or portions.

Delicious Food

Sustainability is encouraged by using recyclable or compo-stable utensils, serving containers, and napkins. No bottled water or non-local beverages are served.

The Festival will kick off with a welcoming address. There will be live music in & a New England Village in Zone A, Family Fun Zone in Zone B,  Seafood Throw downs in Zone C and Chef Demos in Zone D.

For first-timers to the Festival, it is just a short walk from Downtown Boston and is conveniently located. The Festival will take place in the Wharf District and American Heritage parks. I would recommend festival-goers to use public transportation, walking, biking, or by taking a water taxi, to attend the event, instead of driving.

the Boston Local Food Festival

If using GPS, use this address: 191W Atlantic Ave, Boston, MA 02110.

This will take you to Zone A of the Festival and you can work your way south from there.

If you’re driving to the Boston Local Food Festival, I would advise reserving parking in advance.

There are affordable paid parking lots available in close proximity to the festival.

All these goings-on are part of what makes Boston a great place to live. Besides being fun, well-managed festivals and events offer a host of economic and social benefits to communities.

The Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts (SBN) has a mission of engaging business and community leaders in building economies that are green, local, and fair. An essential component of a strong economy is a vibrant and diverse local food system.

The economic benefits of festivals are easiest to see.The social benefits of festivals are less visible, but they are just as important. Festivals teach people new things, as well as boost the economy, foster community pride and strengthen relationships. Connections are the glue that holds communities together; without them, a community stagnates and the quality of life declines.

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