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From a major new family waterpark to Chefs in Shorts and a Brewfest, something for all
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From the Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest coming soon from the Sustainable Business Network to Chefs in Shorts to a brand new family water park in Fitchburg, MA, there's a lot going on in the month ahead! You'll want to whip out the calendar and make a note to remember these two events and Great Wolf Lodge, Fitchburg, the first New England location for this group of huge family-oriented water parks.

* Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest features local beers paired with local ingredients, sponsored by the Sustainable Business Network (SBN) for the third consecutive year. A highlight this year will be a selection of special batches brewed especially for the event include Thai P.A. from Blue Hills Brewery with local lemongrass, 5 Mile HopHarvest IPA from Ipswich Ale Brewery made with at least one ingredient from within a f-mil radius of the brewery, and more. Check it out at at hyperlocalbrew.eventbrite.com or bostonlocalfood.org.

* Great Wolf Lodge, opeing in Fitchburg, MA on June 5, belongs to the largest family of indoor waterparks and this is its first New England site. Highlights include:

• Huge Indoor Waterpark – Funnel slides, wave pools, lazy rivers and more
• Themed Suites – Special kid-centric suites like the Wolf Den and KidCabin Suites put the emphasis on family fun
• Cub Club & Nightly Story time – Geared to younger children, kids with a variety of craft activities and a bedtime story read by a Great Wolf character each night

• MagiQuest– This interactive, digital adventure is or teens and tweens, who can solve magical challenges with their electronic wands to gain powers (and points) and move to higher levels

• Scooops Spa – Kids get a pampering package at Scooops Kids Spa – a one-of-a-kind, kids-only spa that serves up ice cream-flavored manicures, pedicures, facials and more, while mom relaxes at the Elements adult spa

• Eats for Everyone – Multiple dining options from a sit-down healthy meal with the family or a sweet treat or snack

* Chefs in Shorts at the Seaport World Trade Center benefits Future Chefs, a local non-profit that offers culinary training for high school students. Now in its 17th year, the event features local chefs from restaurants across the Greater Boston area.

This year's participants includes:

Abby Park Anthony DeRienzo
Alma Nove Paul Wahlberg
Artbar Brian Dandro
Artisan Bistro Andrew Yeo
Ashmont Grille & Tavolo Chris Douglass
Back Deck Paul Sussman
Backyard Farms Duncan McSweeney
Bar Boulud Aaron Chambers
Blue Ox Matt O'Neil
BOND @ The Langham Mark Sapienza
Cask ‘n Flagon Donley Liburd
Colonnade Hotel & Brasserie Jo Nicholas Calias
Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse Derrek Barragan
Earls Kitchen + Bar Tim Pennington
Fairsted Kitchen Jason Albus
Flour Bakery Corey Johnson
Foundry on Elm Alex Jenkins
Gather Dennis Wilson
Kashmir Harjit Pabla
Kickass Cupcakes Sara Ross
LaValle's Andy LaValle
LTK Shane Queiros
Lucca Andres Cruz
Lulu's Sarah Wade
Mela Jatinder Singh
Merrill & Co. Jason Cheek
Pete & Gerry’s Eggs Karl Johnson
Philip R's Philip Rotondo
Poe’s Kitchen at the Rattlesnake Uri ‎Abragimovich
Prezza Anthony Caturano
Regal Beagle & Church John Rush
Row 34 Jeremy Sewall
Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center Karen Hodsdon
Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center Richard Rayment
SKYBOKX 109 GastroSports Noah Gagnon
TAMO Restaurant & Bar Robert Tobin
Taranta Jose Duarte
The Living Room Andreas Edlbauer
The Tip Tap Room Brian Poe
The Sinclair Matt Cunningham
Top of the Hub Mark Porcaro
Trade Andrew Hebert
Trina's Starlite Lounge Suzi Maitland