Boston August 31, 2017
9 Festivals In Boston That Food Lovers Should NOT Miss
An entire event devoted to food? Sign me up! If the prospect of food festivals makes you drool too, you’ll want to check out the eclectic and scrumptious annual foodie events held in Boston each year. From Fluff to bacon, there’s something that appeals to every palate. Update your calendar!
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1. Boston Local Food Festival (September)
The country’s largest local and sustainable food fest is held right here. The
Boston Local Food Festival
takes over the Rose Kennedy Greenway for one day each year, converting the space into a haven for lovers of local, sustainable food. From food trucks to DIY demos, there’s plenty of scrumptious fare at your fingertips. The festival highlights the fantastic food producers that surround us in Massachusetts, during this free, zero waste event. Block out September 17, 2017 on your calendars. The festival runs from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
2. "What the Fluff" Festival (September)
Just the name of this festival sounds like fun and, if you were ever tempted to devote a day to marshmallow crème, this is the year to do it! The event, which is held on September 23, 2017 in Union Square, marks the one hundred year anniversary of Fluff’s invention in Somerville. The
"What the Fluff"
Festival has a Department of Shenanigans, so you know you’re in for a good time. Expect Fluff-inspired games, live music, and a cooking contest. Who’s craving a Fluffernutter?
3. Phantom Gourmet Food Festival (September)
Phantom Gourmet Food Festival
combines your favorite foods with your favorite place – it’s located next to Fenway Park! Work your way through 100 or so diverse offerings such as meatballs, cheese steak dumplings, and lobster sliders. Although the dress code is optional, you’ll probably be surrounded by a horde of purple-clad foodies! This festival is scheduled for September 23, 2017 and runs from 12:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. Tickets required.
4. Bourbon and Bacon Fest (March)
Any festival featuring bacon is bound to be a winner, and adding bourbon to the mix is just one more reason to love this fest. The
Bourbon and Bacon Fest
is a ticketed event for those over 21 years of age. Chow down on bacon-themed food produced by local restaurants and sample bourbon while enjoying live music.
5. Taste of South Boston (April)
Break out your elasticated pants; once you pay for a ticket to this festival, it’s an all-you-can-eat affair. Sample offerings from 30 local restaurants, which serve up pizza, seafood, and more. In addition to tasting good, this event will make you feel good too because it raises money for affordable housing. The
Taste of South Boston
took place in April last year – the dates for 2018 have yet to be confirmed.
6. Boston JerkFest (June)
Celebrate the intense flavors of Caribbean food at this festival showcasing Jamaican jerk-spiced dishes. Festival highlights include a jerk cook-off, a seafood throwdown, and rum tastings. Browse for things like jewelry and rum cake, all while listening to soca, steel drums, and reggae.
features plenty of fun for the whole family.
7. Taste of Cambridge (July)
Some of your favorite Cambridge eateries – more than 100 of them, to be precise – come together at the
Taste of Cambridge.
From comfort food to Korean delicacies, there’s so much variety that your taste buds won’t get bored. This ticketed event is a fundraiser that benefits multiple charities.
8. Boston Seafood Festival (August)
Watch cooking demos, cheer on an oyster shucking competition, and stuff yourself silly on lobster rolls, clams, and fish ‘n’ chips. These are just some of the events that happen on Boston Fish Pier – the oldest working fish pier in the nation. You’ve only just missed this year’s
Boston Seafood Festival
so keep an eye on the website for the dates for 2018!
9. Saint Anthony’s Feast (August)
Saint Anthony’s Feast
is a religious festival, National Geographic has dubbed it the "Feast of Feasts." Food is served up from nearly 100 pushcarts, selling authentic Italian fare: pasta, pizza, calamari, gelato, cannoli… This North End celebration centers around a procession and open air Mass, but it also features cooking demonstrations, a culinary pavilion, and more comfort food than you can imagine. It will take place between August 23 and August 26, 2018.
Have you been to any of these festivals? What’s your favorite foodie-themed event in or around Boston? Let us know on the
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