Don't pay any attention to back to school sales or any other kind of marketing that tries to tell you the summer is over. Here in New England, the season is just getting started. Full sunshine in perfect balance with a breeze off the water, harvests of some of the region’s best fruits and vegetables, and another week or two until Harvard Square is overrun with freshman are just a few signs that the fun is far from over. One more late-summer date to mark on your calendar is Saturday, September 14th: the Boston Local Food Festival.
For the fifth year in a row, the Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts will be hosting this free event on the Rose Kennedy Greenway, showcasing and celebrating local businesses of all kinds, and this year they are proud to announce that, thanks to Save That Stuff in Charlestown, the event will have zero waste!
Who will enjoy the Boston Local Food Festival?
• Foodies of Every Stripe: Whether you get excited about locally sourced ingredients, sustainable agriculture, innovative recipes, family owned businesses, or virtually any other foodie niche, you’re bound to find something new to sample at BLFF. Vendors like Flour Bakery, Glenwood Garden, and Flatbread will have unique dishes for sale, and representatives happy to tell you all about their business philosophy, products, and company history.
• Families: Don’t hesitate to bring the kids. Between the free samples of snacks, the casual outdoor atmosphere in which to run around, and of course, the carousel, BLFF is a great event for the whole family. This year they’re upping the ante with the Family Fun Zone: Boston Collaborative for Food and Fitness’ health-focused interactive games.
• Green Living Enthusiasts: Besides its zero waste goal and focus on vendors who source ingredients with small carbon footprints, BLFF will also offer opportunities to learn about the latest in sustainable aquaculture, as well as chat with representatives from Boston GreenFest, New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, and Boston Natural Areas Network.
• Fun Lovers: You don’t have to be a foodie or an activist to just come hang out on the Greenway for a little while and have a good time. If nothing else you’ve read so far strikes your fancy, remember that there will be musical entertainment, and weather permitting, a great excuse to sip some lemonade on the grass and people watch!
The Boston Local Food Festival will take place on September 14th. Follow their blog to keep up with the latest news about vendors and activities.