Hello! This weekend was all about staying local and enjoying all that Boston has to offer. The Boston Local Brewfest and the Boston Local Food Festival was on the agenda.
Folks…Fall officially made it to Boston this weekend!
Friday night I rushed down to the courthouse on the waterfront for the 2nd Annual Craft Brewfest. Last year it was held the same day of the festival and there were two sesions. This year it was a few days before and covered the whole night. The courthouse location was really cool and had a few great views of the city.
The event started at 6:30 and when I got there at 6:35 it was already pretty busy. Last year was split into sessions so it made it a bit easier to get to the vendors quickly while this year there were quite a few lines to wait in for the more popular brewers. Just goes to show how popular the event is getting!
On our first round we picked a few breweries that I hadn’t tried much from and then the second round was to try our old favorites.
The winner beer for the night was Pandora from Idle Hands. I loved it!
Oh, and there were also belly dancers there. Yep. Belly Dancers.
After all the beer and just a few nibbles, we headed down to Legal Seafood Harborside. I had been once before to the 2nd and 3rd floor at this location, but never to the 1st which is more of a causal oyster bar/fish market style restaurant.
We started out with some non-beer drinks and a few oysters. The giant oysters are Merry oysters from Duxbury, Ma. They were delicious! Really briney flavor with a great sweetish finish.
Followed up with a round of calamari.
And ended with some good ol’ shrimp and pasta.
Beer and seafood make for the perfect Friday night! The city was so lovely and I was so glad that I was on the waterfront for a beautiful evening.
Saturday was dedicated to football, brunch and the movies. I saw Looper and I thought it was fantastic. I have a little crush on Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Unfortunately I tend to call him Jonathan Taylor Thomas. That can be extremely confusing to people when I try to explain movies with JGL in them. Those triple names are hard!
Finally Sunday rolled around and it was time to hit up the Boston Local Food Festival. I look forward to this event all year! This year it was held on the The Greenway, which is a much larger space than past years and was also more in the city. More in the city=more foot traffic!
Although it was a bit overcast, it was the perfect day to walk around and discover some new eats and visit some old favorites. There were tons of vendors making items that we could watch and sample. I watched mozzarella be hand pulled, a lamb being broken down (kind of gross) and even maple cotton candy being made!
Of course there was some sampling. Favorites for the day included organic baked beans from Breakwind Farm. <—heh. clever name!
Also included, chocolate butter and ginger, lime, scallion butter from Seacoast Butters.
Don’t forget the amazing veggie somosa from Mela. I could have eaten a whole plateful of these!
In addition to all the great food and vendors, the festival also had some DIY segments and live music throughout the day. Watching little munchkins jam out to reggae music was just too cute for words.
By the end of the day I had visited each tent to check out the goods and was exhausted. It was so nice to be surrounded by folks who love Boston and its local restaurants and vendors as much as I do. This festival has grown so much over the past 3 years and I am looking forward to next year already!
Love ya Boston. 😉
I hope you had a great weekend! See ya tomorrow!
Quick…name your favorite beer!