Local Lovin’…

by agirlandhermutt on October 3, 2011

This weekend marked the 2nd Annual Boston Local Food Festival and I was on-hand to enjoy all the goodies out to offer. Last year it was a beautiful day and I was totally overwhelmed with all the great food. This year the festival was obviously much more popular so it was packed to capacity. Many restaurants came out to participate so the amount of food in one little area was crazy. Add in the farmers, exhibits and performance space and it became insane. You know, in a good way of course. ; )

  

The Scientist and I had tickets to the 1:30 session of the Local Craft Beer tasting so we decided to grab a quick bite to eat to help soak up all the beer.

Grilled cheese to the rescue. Is there anything as cool as lunch from a food truck?! Nope. I didn’t think so.

  
 
We decided to snack on half of a Blue Man Goo, which is a nice mixture of blue cheese and fig spread on raisin pecan bread. It was a great mixture of sweet and salty. I’m glad we only got a half though because a whole of this mix might have been a little too much.

We arrived at starting time at the beer tasting and got to work. They had a showing of about 11 places that were serving beer, wine and mead.

Some of my favorites for the day were:

Cambridge Brewing Company– Their Great Pumpkin Ale is one of the best. It has tons of pumpkin spice and a richness that is just perfect for fall. Loved every sip.

Farnum Hill Ciders– I’m a huge cider fan and this NH cider totally hit the spot. This was a totally new to me place and I was totally wowed. Not only is this cider crisp and super fresh, there are hints of sparkling in several of their offerings that made it feel special.

Blue Hills Brewery I’ve heard this name over and over and their beer as alluded me. I was so glad we were finally introduced! They had several great offerings but my fave of theirs was the Dunkelweissen, a dark German heffeweizen beer, that was chock full of roasted goodness. I was totally blown away by how smooth and rich this beer was. 

The Scientist was a fan too. 🙂

  

My fave brewery of the whole day was no surprise…Pretty Things!

Pretty Things– They had two brews on tap, their Jack D’ Or, which is a “simple table beer”, and Baby Tree. Both are excellent. Both are delicious. Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project, Inc. knows beer and knows how to make it right. On tap=THE BEST.

  

 Free things! I love beer brewery coasters. We collected a few on Saturday!

Then the most magical thing happened. I ran into a fellow blogger…Suki! Beers in hand we chatted about our random sighting of each other in San Francisco and our first meeting at the Healthy Living Summit 2010. Two Suki sightings in one year!

The session started to wind down around 3:30 and we were STARVIN MARVIN. Our last stop for the festival was a local favorite, RedBones BBQ. This Davis Sq favorite is always busy and their food truck was no different. We snuck in for a pulled chicken sandwich and some of their out-of-this-world potato salad to split.

 

 

  

 The 2nd year of the Local Food Fest was a success. I’m so happy to say that I live in a city where there is so much local love and so much wonderful local eats/drinks.

CHEERS!

I hope you guys are having a great start to the week! I’m ready for a week of fun starting with book club tonight. Let the reading (and chatting with friends!) begin!

Are there a lot of festivals where you live? Any great fests that you want to brag about that you have attended?!

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noelani October 3, 2011 at 6:43 pm

Everything about this post makes me insanely jealous….and hungry. I would kill for one of those grilled cheeses right about now. I have been stalking this truck but always seem to miss it!

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suki October 4, 2011 at 11:40 pm

so great running into you! 🙂 kinda cool that we picked the same beer tasting session. our thought process was that we didn’t want to drink TOOO early and that way we’d have a chance to grab a bite before all the beer, but we didn’t want to head in for the last session for fear that they might run out. :p

let me know when you’re in SF again. we’ll have to make the meet-up official!

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