The Boston Local Food Festival is a free outdoor festival that showcases farmers, local restaurants, food trucks, specialty food producers, fisher folks, and organizations focusing on healthy food and fitness from New England. For one spectacular day each year, the Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts (SBN) transforms the Rose Kennedy Greenway and the City of Boston into the nation’s largest local & sustainable food hub.
The festival features lively chef demos, a Seafood Throwdown competition, diverse music and performances, family fun zone and more. Festival goers learn about the benefits of sustainably grown and produced food, shop the market, eat delicious local food, participate in fun, educational activities and exhibits, engage with top local chefs and enjoy local music.
Themed “Healthy Local Food for All”, the festival connects Massachusetts and New England eaters of all backgrounds with the abundance of fresh, nutritious local food choices. It is a zero-waste event, meaning we divert over 91% of our waste each year and we offset 100% of our energy use! All perishable items sold are made from locally sourced products. So grab your reusable water bottles and bags and enjoy New England’s largest one day farmers market, while celebrating “Healthy Local Food for All.”
The Boston Local Food Festival strengthens Massachusetts’ and New England’s vibrant and diverse local food system, an essential component of any strong local economy. The festival is organized by SBN’s Local Food Committee, in line with the overall SBN mission to engage business and community leaders in building economies that are green, local, and fair. The event has been endorsed by the City of Boston, Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR), and several leading food organizations, businesses, and farms.
What You’ll Find at the Festival
- Freshly harvested produce and seafood from farmers and fishermen
- Scrumptious, $8 servings, featuring locally grown foods
- Entertaining demonstrations and competitions by chefs and other food experts
- Lively local music of many cultural tastes
- 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
Photo Credit: Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance
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.
Local Food Sources for Restaurants