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Boston Local Food Festival

Sunday, September 17, 2017 - 11:00am to 5:00pm
Boston, MA

For one spectacular day each year, the Sustainable Business Network (SBN) of Massachusetts transforms the Rose Kennedy Greenway and the City of Boston into the nation's largest local & sustainable food hub! Boston Local Food Festival is a free outdoor festival that showcases farmers, local restaurants, food trucks, specialty food producers, fisher folks, and organizations focusing on healthy food and fitness from New England. The festival also features lively chef & DIY demos, a seafood throwdown competition, diverse music and performances, family fun zone and more.

Festival goers learn about the benefits of sustainably grown and produced food, shop the market, eat delicious local food, participate in fun, educational activities and exhibits, engage with top local chefs and enjoy local music. Themed “Healthy Local Food for All”, the festival connects Massachusetts and New England eaters of all backgrounds with the abundance of fresh, nutritious local food choices available close to home.

The festival is a zero-waste event, meaning we divert over 91% of our waste each year and we offset 100% of our energy use! All perishable items sold are made from locally sourced products. Best of all, we bring this annual event to the community free of charge. So grab your reusable water bottles and bags and enjoy New England’s largest one day farmers market, while celebrating “Healthy Local Food for All.

SBN is excited to be partnering for a third year with the Food Solutions New England (FSNE) regional network to present “The New England Village” at this year’s festival. The Village follows on the Massachusetts launch and announcement of FSNE’s “50 by 60” vision at the 2014 Boston Local Food Festival. A New England Food Vision calls for our region to build the capacity to produce at least 50% of clean, fair, just, and accessible food for all people in New England by 2060.

The New England Village will highlight a select few of our New England vendors as a sampling of how easy it is to support and celebrate our region’s interconnection, making a vision of 50 by 60 come to life! The New England Village is a feature of the Boston Local Food Festival demonstrating how each state in New England is working together to realize A New England Food Vision: 50 by 60.



2:00 – 3:00 PM:

Explore a New England Food Vision in the “50 by 60” Gallery, where you can take a closer look at the Vision and meet one of the authors: Joanne Burke, Director of Dietetic Internship, Department of Agriculture, Nutrition and Food Systems, University of New Hampshire

11:00 AM – 5:00 PM:

Meet vendors from around New England and learn more about our regional food system. Featured vendors and exhibitors in year’s New England Village include:

  • Edible Wilds, Millinocket, ME with artisan food items sourced from wild and native plants of New England that include baking mixes, salsas, syrups, more. Nature at its best!
  • Green Bee, Brunswick, ME with carbonated beverages sweetened with honey collected from their own beehives. Wild blueberries sourced directly from the fields of Maine make their Blueberry Dream a true taste of Maine!
  • Popzup, Dover, NH with GMO-free, sustainably-farmed popping corn with variety of popcorn seasonings (like maple, curry, and sriracha) to spice it up. It’s microwavable!
  • Lost Art Cultured Foods, Providence, RI with fermented vegetables from local farms that will delight your taste buds, bring little zest to your cooking, and nourish your body!
  • Ackerman Maple Farm, Cabot, VT with maple cream and maple syrup crafted in their sugar shack from their family-owned 6,400 taps and 76-acre hillside of Vermont's sugar maples. How sweet it is!!
  • Vermont Amber, White River Junction, VT with its artisan toffee. The ingredients are carefully selected from a co-op that supports local area farmers. Tempting flavors range from salted sesame to spicy ginger cookie to pumpkin seed chipotle!
  • World Farmers, Inc., Lancaster, MA with bounty from the immigrant and refugee farmers on the Flats Mentor land. Harvest includes seasonal vegetables and cultural crops like amaranth /callaloo, pea tendrils, and water spinach to add to plates. Greens, greens, and more greens!
  • Cape Ann Fresh Catch, Gloucester, MA with the freshest sustainable seafood available through its Community Supported Fishery (CSF) will serve up a few dishes from sea. Fishcakes, anyone?
  • Fungi Ally, Hadley, MA with fresh mushrooms, dried mushrooms, mushroom grow kits, spawn, and mushroom extracts. Mushrooms, mushroom, mushrooms!

Fish Stock is the portion of the Boston Local Food Festival that highlights the fisher folk and the seafood that are local to New England and meet a set of values that include social, economic, environmental, and food justice. Brought to us by Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance (NAMA), The Seafood Throwdown is the main event of Fish Stock! Two chefs will engage in a culinary battle of skill and creativity with the secret seafood ingredient.  The Throwdown will be immediately followed by a fillet demo presented by a local chef fishmonger, fisherman, or chef.

Among the judges this year, we have two Network Leadership Institute participants:

Deb Taylor Sims, East End NRZ Pop Up Market & Café, Bridgeport, CT

Raheem Baraka, Baraka Community Wellness, Inc., Roxbury, MA

Joanne Burke, Director of Dietetic Internship, Department of Agriculture, Nutrition, and Food Systems, University of New Hampshire, will represent Food Solutions New England at the kick-off event at noon! 

Featured image courtesy of Shelburne Orchards.