Boston Local Food Fest

logoThe Boston Local Food Festival was held yesterday at the Fort Point Channel. The atmosphere was buzzing with excitement the whole day and the event was packed with people eager to support the healthy local food community. I was there with a few friends and also met up with Beth.

We arrived at around 1:30 and none of us had lunch yet so we were looking forward to the variety of food choices available. But first, we went around to check out the booths and maneuvered ourselves among the crowd.

boston food fest

beautiful day, eager crowd

grillos

Grillo’s pickles are always popular in food fests

calabrini cheese

calabrini cheese is goat cheese with sun dried tomatoes, basil, garlic and olive oil

beth and bianca

me and Beth, the Sailing Foodie

vermont sausage

I’ve seen Vermont Smoke and Cure products at Whole Foods but haven’t tried it yet, so I was glad to try their samples. I got a slice of the Summer Sausage and liked it so much I ended up buying a whole sausage to bring home!

centre street cafe

I’ve heard great things about Centre Street Cafe so I decided to get lunch from their booth

veggie strata

I got a slice of the vegetarian strata for just $2 – so cheap and so yummy

sportello

we braved the lines at Sportello

sportello pork

… because they were giving away small plates of roast pork on top of a thick juicy slice of heirloom tomato

empanada

Beth got a veggie empanada and rice from the Puerto Rican food stall (I think it was Norma’s Catering)

kale

we saw a lot of fresh produce and different varieties of kale

kale chips

and bought ready-made kale chips from Prana Cafe

The Festival’s mission is to engage business and community leaders in building economies that are green, local, and fair. I think more people (including myself) are becoming more educated now about sustainability and other urban issues, so it was great seeing the different exhibitors – ranging from restaurants, specialty foods, and farms, as well as beer and wine, health and fitness, and other non-profit vendors.  And everyone, both vendors and attendees alike,  looked like they were enjoying themselves! It seems that local Boston food fests are always packed to the brim (remember the Food Truck Fest?) and yesterday, some booths actually ran out of food. Organizers should take note of the fact that there are not only a lot of supporters of local foods and businesses, but there are just a lot of people who like attending weekend events like this, so they can plan for bigger venues next time and vendors can plan accordingly.

Did you go to any local fest or local markets this weekend? Do you have a favorite local business?

   

9 Responses to “Boston Local Food Fest”

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    MelissaNibbles posted October 3, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    I love Grillo’s Pickles! Looks like a fun day! Bummer it was so crowded.
    My fave local business is When Pigs Fly. They have the best bread.

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    Michelle posted October 3, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    I was there as well and I’m sorry we missed each other! I like to go early to any of these food festivals so that we can wander around to get a lay of the land and then get out of there before it gets too crowded. I had a great time and will hopefully post photos soon!

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    Becky posted October 3, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    I love food festivals! It’s great to discover new, local delicacies. I really love Wicked Good from Providence. They have great dips, spreads, jams, and sauces. I also love the pizza crusts from Top This.

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    Megan posted October 3, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    I wish I had run into you there! Looks like you had a fabulous time!

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    Daisy posted October 3, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    it was the perfect fall day for a festival on the water. too bad I was putting on a yard sale. looks like so much fun!

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    Rachel posted October 4, 2010 at 8:37 am

    I was there too, volunteering all morning and then eating and enjoying all afternoon. It couldn’t have been a lovlier day! My dad and I had the vegetarian strata as well…soooo yummy! : ) Glad you had a great time!

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    Emily posted October 4, 2010 at 9:18 am

    Looks like you successfully braved the crowds and got some good eats. I was also there – and it was packed. I thought I’d recognize some fellow foodies but no such luck. Hope to meet you and others soon!

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    Lea @ Healthy Coconut posted October 4, 2010 at 10:16 am

    This looks fun…I wish I lived hear a place like this where I can just walk around and eat. We have a farmers market, that’s the closest “local” food fest that I think we have. We also have the food truck food fest but this year it was just too crowded…the line for each truck was ridiculous and people were only able to try a few things.

    Did you find local CHOCOLATE?

    Love the Boston area for the culture and food

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    Courtney (Pancakes & Postcards) posted October 6, 2010 at 10:09 am

    oh gosh. this looks wonderful. thank you so much for sharing, i cannot even imagine what it would be like to be there!!!

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