October will be a great month for Boston foodies. I can’t remember the last time there were so many amazing food events scheduled during one month in Boston. Most of these events are free (or very low cost) and promote local food and drink, sustainability, making healthy food accessible for all, and fairness for everyone in the food chain. Not only that, they’re suitable for pescovegetarians! If this keeps up, I may overcome my San Francisco food envy.
The Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts (SBN) is holding not just one, but two great events in October. Their 3rd Annual Local Craft Brewfest takes place on Friday, Oct. 5 from 6-9:30 pm on the Boston Waterfront at Fort Point. If tasting dozens of wonderful local craft beers doesn’t entice you, the local distilleries, local food producers and live music should lure you there. Tickets are $45 and benefit SBN, a great nonprofit (Good Egg Marketing is a proud member) that’s working to build a Massachuetts economy that is local, green and fair.
Just two days later, on Sunday, Oct. 7, SBN is producing the 3rd Annual Boston Local Food Festival from 11am-5pm on the Rose Kennedy Greenway. As I wrote about the first festival, this event is a wonderful mashup of people and food! The free celebration brings together over 150 local food vendors (including restaurants, farmers, specialty food and beverage producers, and non-profits) to support “Healthy Local Food for All.” The event features chef demos, a seafood throwdown competition, music, and, of course, locally grown food for just $5 per serving. Get there early, because they’re expecting 30,000 people.
Sandwiched between these two fabulous events is the 1st Annual Boston Fish Pier Seafood Festival, a “seafood extravaganza to celebrate and support Boston’s 100-year-old working fish pier,” on Saturday, October 6 from 11am-6pm. Organizers promise “you’re gonna have a whale of a time snacking on fresh sea treats from the finest vendors in Boston, watching Boston’s top chefs demonstrate their skills and singing along with real shanty singers from Gloucester.” It takes place, rain or shine, at the Bank of America Pavilion in Boston. Tickets are $10.
Thursday, October 24 is Food Day, a nationwide celebration and a movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food. Events are taking place all over the country, but I’m proud to say Massachusetts is doing a great job promoting it. I’m going to have to emulate Dolly and clone myself, because there are so many great things going on that day.
Close to home, one of my favorite organizations, Community Servings, which serves meals to homebound people with life-threatening illnesses, is hosting a Jamaica Plain Community Supper, open to all. Another terrific organization, The Food Project, which I profiled on the Mass. Food Day blog, will hold a variety of tours and educational programs on Food Day.
Nationally, the Food Chain Workers Alliance is doing some very exciting work to to improve wages and working conditions for all workers who grow, cook, distribute and serve our food. Locally, Unite Here! Local 26 is planning an event to share how farmers, farmworkers, cafeteria workers, and community members are organizing along the food chain. For info about this and other Food Day events in Boston or anywhere in the country, keep visiting the national Food Day events page, as new activities are being added daily.
Finally, capping off “food month” in Boston is the bigger-and-better-every-year Boston Vegetarian Food Fest. This free event takes place on Saturday, Oct. 27, 11-6 and Sunday, Oct. 28, from 10-4, at the Reggie Lewis Athletic Center in Boston. It includes tons of free food samples, cooking demos, national speakers, and show discounts. What I love about this popular festival is that it attracts people of all ages, races, and ethnicities, from hard-core vegans to veggie-friendly carnivores.
So, San Francisco, you can eat our–locally grown–dust!