This past weekend was a picture perfect fall day. Crisp, clear, a bit chilly in the shade, it was beyond the most perfect day for the first Boston Local Food Festival. My wicked domestic sister, along with my fancy pants lawyer sister, red-headed bro-in-law, and I all headed over the to fantastic Fort Point neighborhood in search of some amazing food and local green companies. Man, did we hit the jackpot.
As said in the festival’s website, the Boston Local Food Fest “is a delicious outdoor celebration of the many benefits of local food. The festival showcases affordable, scrumptious local food sourced in the Boston area, Massachusetts and New England.” This was the first year of the festival and it couldn’t have been more crowded (read: baby stroller mecca), but in the best way possible. So many Bostonians (and beyond) came out in the gorgeous weather to sample tasty foods from local restaurants and soak up the green goodness of Boston’s growing sustainable culture. At every food cart, we seemed to get more and more excited to try the food. Next year we’ll know better than to eat breakfast that day!
Chrissy (pre-Boston College football game) and Eliz chowin’ down on pb&j roll ups.
Everybody likes a one-man-band! He was no Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins, but whatever.
Pork tacos from 606 Congress…we were a little too excited about these.
Yes-sir-e folks, that sure is pumpkin pie soda you see. I couldn’t have been more excited for that bad boy.
The soda almost looked like orange soda, but a million times better.
And then we stumbled upon “Grilled Cheese Nation, Boston’s 1st Official Grilled Cheese Truck”. Two words: wicked good.
Chrissy and I split the “brie me up” which was pear and brie. I could have happily eaten every single sandwich on the menu and not been ashamed.
Then we strolled over to the Stone Hearth Pizza station and was drooling over “The Harvest Pizza”. One please.
Butternut squash, bacon, scallions and goat cheese. Right up my alley.
Next was the roast pork and heirloom tomato sandwich from Sportello. Matt dubbed it the best food there. Sportello was also doing a really good deal: if you signed up for their emails, you received a Sportello gift card worth either $5 or $50. We were a little sneaky and called the 800 number on the back to see what our balance was…Eliz and I both got $5 ones (bummer), but Chrissy got a $50! I think she owes me a dinner out…
Some fresh produce from the festival…
Since the festival had an emphasis on green culture, they brought in sectioned off recycling bins for trash and gussied up the regular trash barrels with pretty autumnal decor, so people wouldn’t use them.
We basically had to be rolled out of the festival because we ate so much. The best part was that all the food stuff was at most $5, so you didn’t have to spent a lot to get amazing, local food. We were all so glad we got a chance to go to the Local Food Festival, and so glad that Boston has taken such great initiatives towards the local food movement. See you there next year!