What better way to celebrate the start of fall than at an event that highlights local food from across New England? The Sustainable Business Network of MA (SBN) and 100 local vendors from Massachusetts and New England are celebrating the 5th Annual Boston Local Food Festival on Sunday, September 14, 11am-5pm on the Rose Kennedy Greenway. The Boston Local Food Festival is a free and zero waste event positioned as New England's largest one-day farmers market and celebration of local food. As the festival celebrates its fifth year, the event will serve as a launching pad for A New England Food Vision, a groundbreaking report from Food Solutions New England (FSNE) that challenges Massachusetts and the New England region to ensure that 50% of food consumed is locally produced by 2060. FSNE will launch their "50 by 60" vision at 12:00 p.m. on Milk Street at Atlantic Avenue on the Rose Kennedy Greenway. Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources Commissioner Gregory C. Watson and Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game Commissioner Mary B. Griffin, will partake in the launch.
A New England Food Vision is a comprehensive research report on how the region could build a more sustainable, robust and resilient regional food system. The report challenges the region to produce 50% of the food consumed locally by 2060, or "50 by 60." Today, only about 10% of what New Englanders consume is produced within the region. Together with SBN and the Boston Local Food Festival, Food Solutions New England seeks to raise awareness about the report and encourage consumers to "think local first." The Boston Local Food Festival celebrates Healthy, Local Food For All by introducing 25,000+ eaters to local food producers selling tasting plates, specialty foods and produce. Vendors from across New England will represent local farms, restaurants, food trucks, fishers, specialty food producers, and food and fitness-related organizations. Highlights of this year's vendors include Cape Ann Fresh Catch from MA, Vallicenti Farms from NH, Daniele Foods from RI, Sustainable America from CT and Backyard Farms from ME.
The festival will take place on the Rose Kennedy Greenway in downtown Boston by Faneuil Hall and the Aquarium T stop. It will feature Chef Demos, Do-It-Yourself Demos, a Seafood Throwdown, a Family Fun Zone, and more! This year's chefs include: Chef Joe Gatto of From Scratch, Chef Pankaj Pradhan of The Red Lentil Restaurant, Dr. P.K Newby of The Nutrition Doctor is in The Kitchen, Chef Oonagh Williams-- an expert on gluten-free cooking, and Jessie Liu of Warmth and Wellness. Demos include: How to Make Farmers Cheese at Home, Hand-Made Flour Tortillas, and Get Kids Excited about Veggies! Family Fun Zone Activities include: Kids Yoga, making bee and butterfly friendly seed balls, Kids Tennis workshop and more!
The Boston Local Food Festival is produced by the Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts and is built upon the principles of creating a local, green and fair economy. Key sponsors include Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, The Longfellow Clubs, Boston Organics, Save That Stuff, Edible Boston, Northeast Flavor, Clarke, Yelp, The Boston Foundation, Balanced Rock Investment Advisors, Eastern Bank, MA Dairy, Food Solutions New England, Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance, Boston Collaborative for Food and Fitness, Rose Kennedy Greenway, Harvest Co-op, Interise, Gentle Giant, City of Boston and more.
The Boston Local Food Festival is the hallmark event of SBN's Boston Local Food Program. The goal of the Boston Local Food Program is to transform the local food system by encouraging individual consumers, food and beverage producers, and vendors to Think Local First.