What You’ll Find at the Festival
- Freshly harvested produce and seafood from farmers and fishermen
- Scrumptious, $5 servings, featuring locally grown foods
- Entertaining demonstrations and competitions by chefs and other food experts
- Lively local music of many cultural tastes
- Tastings of Bay State hand-crafted wines and locally crafted beer
- Engaging exhibitions and playful activities for the kid in all of us
- Interactive workshops featuring local food leaders
- Food-inspired arts and crafts
- Recycling and sustainable practices for minimal waste
Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts (SBN) has a mission of engaging business and community leaders in building economies that are green, local, and fair. An essential component of a strong economy is a vibrant and diverse local food system. SBN has made strengthening the Massachusetts and New England food system a top priority and has formed a Local Food Committee to lead SBN’s work.
The SBN Local Food Committee has selected seven specific initiatives that will help grow our local and regional food system. One of these initiatives is Boston Local Food Festival. The second annual festival, which attracted 30,000 people, was on Saturday, October 1, 2011 at Children’s Wharf Park on Fort Point Channel in Boston . Click here to see more on SBN and its other initiatives.
The Boston Local Food Festival has been endorsed by the City of Boston, Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR), and several leading food organizations, businesses, and farms. We also have a goal of making this a Zero Waste event. In 2011, 86% of waste was diverted from landfills.
The Boston Local Food Festival, which will overlook historic Boston Harbor, is an outdoor autumn celebration of the many virtues of locally grown and produced food. The most important objective of the Boston Local Food Festival is to increase accessibility and availability of healthy local food for all. Massachusetts eaters of all ages, races, and socioeconomic levels will see, taste, and appreciate the variety of healthy, delicious food choices that local specialty crops and products make available to them in their own back yard. This unique festival will bring Massachusetts farms, food businesses and speciality producers together with individuals and families from diverse backgrounds, organizations, businesses, and local food advocates in an informative and fun way.
Definition of Local
We define local food as Massachusetts grown and produced as the first preference, and then expanding beyond the state to New England and eastern New York state. Local also includes local and independent food producers and entrepreneurs.