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Boston’s October Eats

EJ Johnson rounds up some of the awesome food-related events going on in Boston during the month of October.

With the back-to-school madness of September behind us, we enter October feeling a bit more settled. Our yearning for a few more days of summer sun long forgotten, we’re ready for the fall. And while many of us are gearing up for pumpkin-spiced-everything to hit the menus of all our favorite eateries, keep in mind that Boston has a lot going on when it comes to delicious seasonal dining. For those of you looking for a break from studying or something fun to do one of these fall weekends, check out the following foodie-friendly events in the Boston area this October.

Dogs and Drafts

 For the individual who would be remiss to leave their four-legged friend behind, check out this canine-friendly gathering! The Kimpton Marlowe Hotel is hosting the event, offering beers on tap from Notch Brewery and finger foods for you, and an assortment of treats for your furry friend as well. Dogs and Drafts is open to everyone, so feel free to stop by on October 9th even if your “plus one” isn’t a pup.

Live Jazz and Soul Brunch

For the musically inclined foodies, the Charles River Bistro is hosting Brunch starting at 8:00 am with live jazz starting at 11:00 am every Saturday and Sunday throughout October. There will be new performers each weekend, so might even be worth stopping by more than once.

Kitchen Explorations: Boston’s Jewish Cuisine

They say variety is the spice of life, and what better way to add some variety to your diet by experiencing the traditions of Jewish culture than this free event hosted by WBUR. Kitchen Explorations will feature a panel of varied experts to discuss the history and development of Jewish markets and food in the Boston area. Of course, Jewish food from Mamaleh’s will be provided, along with beer and wine.

The 23rd Annual Boston Veg Food Fest

Veg heads unite at the 23rd Annual Boston Veg Food fest, brought to you by the Boston Vegetarian Association. Attendees can expect a wide variety of vegetarian and vegan vendors, renowned chefs, natural food providers, and industry experts, all gathering to sample and discuss the latest and greatest of what vegetarian food has to offer. The festival also has volunteer opportunities, so if you’re more of the hands-on type, this is a great way to get involved and get yourself a free lunch.

Pig Roast and Pints

This one is for the meat-eaters. The renowned BBQ joint, The Smoke Shop is partnering with Alchemist Brewery to bring you the ultimate Boston BBQ experience. Appetizers, a family style buffet, and beer will all be served. You’re going to want to get your tickets ASAP for this one.

Secret Food Tours Boston

Perfect for when your parents come to visit, as this one is a tad pricey, but it’s well worth it. Prepare to take a three-hour walking tour of Boston while drinking in the city’s rich history and sampling the most delicious bites it has to offer. You’ll end this tour with a head full of knowledge and belly full of Boston’s best dining. After all, eating, learning, and exercise isn’t a bad way to spend an afternoon.

This list includes just a few of the awesome foodie events going on in Boston in October, and barely scratches the surface of what the city has to offer in terms of great eats. To peruse more October happenings that involve indulging, check out The Food Lens, Bites of Boston Food Tours, and Mass Vacation’s EAT page.

EJ Johnson is a first-year NICBC student who loves to read, talk, and eat, so she ended up in nutrition communications. She is working on earning her RD and in her spare time loves to read fiction and travel, although lately less travel due to the whole “broke grad student” thing.


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