Go Local! Boston Local Food Festival

by agirlandhermutt on October 2, 2010

I’m a local food nut. In 2009 I read Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle and feel in love with the idea of being a locavore. Please understand…I don’t follow this idea 100% of the time. Heck, I’m striving for just 50% on some days, but I think its a smart and worthwhile way of life to strive for. One that I continue to focus on in my food philosophy and in my day-to-day life.

Today I got the opportunity to discover a whole plethora (I love that word!) of like-minded folks at at the first evah Boston Local Food Festival.

It was probably one of the nicest days that Boston has seen in quite some time. Perfect day for some outdoor festivaling with my pal, Karen, along Boston’s waterfront.

As we walked in we were greeted with some good ol’ music. Yep, its a one man band! Anyone who can play a harmonica is A-OK in my book.

There were TONS of vendors giving away samples, selling some of their foodie goods, and lots of information booths.

Taza Chocolate from Somerville, Ma. They offer tours! Any Boston folks interested in joining me on one?!

Grillo’s Pickles! My favorites. So fresh and tasty! Check out his cart by Park St T station or buy jars at Whole Foods.

The Food Project was out in full force letting kids dig up carrots and juice apples. Way to get the kiddies involved in the local movement.

Karen helped to make some butter. Just shake a jar of heavy whipping cream and call it a day.

She also agreed to play around with some seafood with me. FYI…I’m playing the part of an oyster.

We were given seeds and soil to grown our own kale. Kale chips here I come!

There were tons of farms offering their goods. Such beautiful veggies.

Straight out of Tewskbury, Dahliscious offered up some super yummy lassi!

Mango, Blueberry, Strawberry and Banana. Seriously fantastic! We all know I love my lassi. ;)

There were all kinds of fun beverages. I’m a beverages girl. I constantly have a water or a some type of drink on hand.

There were SEVERAL live cooking demos. The first one we happened upon was the butchering the pig demo. Oh God. Seeing that head just sitting there was just too much for me.

The Haley House, who serve a great purpose in our community, had my fave demo on how to cook greens.

Mmm…greens and cornbread.

Everyone was encouraged to bring their own water bottles in order to cut down on unnecessary waste. No bottled water was sold, but there was water provided!

The festival had a Zero Waste policy. Don’t even think about just throwing away your trash!

Throw away with a purpose.

Tons of local restaurants that serve dishes made with local foods showed up with some serious delish meals.

Karen and I had a fantastic time sampling our way through the festival but the most exciting part came right as we were walking out. We caught sight of a bus. BUT not any ordinary bus. A famer’s market bus! The folks at Enterprise Farms have the coolest set up.

Hop on the bus to pick from a huge selection of locally grown veggies.

Walking around the festival seeing all the vendors who support eating local was an awesome experience. I wish every day was a Farmer’s Market day!

Question of the day: Do you belong to a CSA? I’m dying to do one, but I’m afraid that it will be WAY to much food. Thoughts?!

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