The 10th Annual Boston Local Food Festival returned on Saturday September 15th featuring over 80 local vendors, chef demos, and plenty of samples. Andrew May documented his experience for the Friedman Sprout.
While 90-degree temperatures are common this time of year in my hometown of Dayton, Ohio, I’m told that weekends with beautiful, sunny weather are numbered here in Boston.
Determined to make the most of what warmth remains, I wondered what outdoor activities Boston might have to offer. I find few things more delightful than a bike ride followed by a shared meal. Luckily, the 10th Annual Boston Local Food Festival held on September 15 enabled me to do just that.”
Although the festival is billed as “New England’s Largest One-Day Farmer’s Market”, restaurants seemed to outnumber farm stands five-to-one. But everything I ate was surprising, delectable, filling, or all three. Packed with vendors, locals, and weekend tourists, the festival’s corridor spanned the length of the Rose Kennedy Greenway. After an hour of roaming and grazing, I wrapped up my day with a pint from Trillium’s outdoor beer garden. Bellyful of great food and good beer, my bike ride home was the slowest of the summer.
With any luck, these photos from my escapade will entice you to participate next year.
*In an effort to keep sampling as local as possible, I elected only to patronize Massachusetts-based establishments*
Street Corn from The Farmer’s Daughter of North Easton MA; cotija cheese, paprika, and micro basil; The Farmer’s Daughter was the first stand I saw. Corn is my favorite summer food, making this impossible to pass up.
Handcrafted Roasted Chili salsa from Kitchen Garden Farm of Sunderland MA. 9 times out of 10 I find chili salsas to be far too spicy. This was a great compromise, not overpowering, very flavorful, and a heat that didn’t last all day.
Lobster rangoons with a sriracha aioli from Koy of Boston, MA. Cheesy lobster wrapped in dough and deep fried, dipped in spicy mayo. By far the most unhealthy choice of the day, and most delicious.
Homemade Vegan Baklava from The Baklava Project of Wapole, MA. One of the richest baklavas I’ve ever had and super tasty.
Apple Cider from Red Apple Farm found at Boston Public Market. Very delicious! One sip made me excited to usher in Fall and press some cider of my own.
Crispy Fried Tofu Tacos with lettuce, roasted garlic crema, and mango salsa from Taco Party of Somerville, MA. My first time trying fried tofu, and I was not disappointed.
Andrew May is a first-year AFE student. His interests include local and community food systems development, school food issues, and food policy councils. You can find him hiking in a forest, out on the town riding his bike, or relaxing by reading and cooking at home. Contact Andrew at Andrew.firstname.lastname@example.org