The 7th annual Boston Local Food Festival kicks off Sunday at 11:30 a.m., Sept. 18th on Boston’s Greenway, Zone C, Milk St.
Larry Hammel, executive director of Sustainable Business Network welcomes attendees, followed by
Boston Chief of Health and Human Services, Felix Arroyo
Massachusetts Department of Agriculture Commissioner John Lebeaux
Tom Kelly, Ph.D., Executive Director, Sustainability Institute University of New Hampshire and Food Solutions New England
Shannon Eldredge, Board President, Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance, and
Thank you and Festival Kick-off from Maddie Phadke, Managing Director of SBN
More than 100 vendors take part this year in New England’s largest farmers’ market celebration from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sept. 18th when 50,000 festival-goers will purchase local dairy, meat and fresh cooked items made with New England-grown foods.
Themed “Healthy Local Food For All,” the free outdoor festival showcases farmers, local restaurants, food trucks, specialty food producers, fisher folks, and organizations that focus on healthy food and fitness from Boston and around New England. The Festival is a zero-waste event with over 90% of our waste is diverted and offset 100% of its energy use. Festival highlights include the Chef Demo Stage, Fishstock and the Seafood Throwdown, The New England Village and the “50 by 60” New England Food Vision, and the Family Fun Zone, a kids-focused interactive zone with gardening, health and fitness activities, live farm animals, and more! Featured also will be a tent dedicated to the food businesses from Boston’s own CommonWealth Kitchen.
“The Boston Local Food Festival has emerged to be a premier event featuring flavorful and fresh foods from our area local farms, fisheries and food producers. The Festival supports the MA Local Food Action Plan through the promotion of Bay State products to consumers. Massachusetts farmers are growing high-quality produce and I encourage all Massachusetts residents to support their local farmers by buying locally grown food products and locally caught seafood,” saysJohn LeaBeaux, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources.
This year, SBN is will highlight issues around real ecologically responsible values-based seafood businesses. With our long time partner Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance (NAMA), the Festival will feature chefs, institutions, and organizations working to ensure that our appetite for seafood doesn’t undermine the integrity of the marine ecosystems while increasing the economic, social, and food access benefits of fishing. NAMA and the Local Catch Network will release a set of values recently adopted by fishing businesses ready to do things differently. This year’s Seafood Throwdown presents chefs from institutions such as the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and others who have worked to make sure their seafood procurement values and policies match the values they have adopted around their land food purchases. Judges for the Seafood Throwdown include organizational and business representatives that have embraced values that go beyond the maximum return on profit, and what it takes to spread that message across the whole seafood value chain.
Key sponsors and partners of this year’s Boston Local Food Festival include: Massachusetts Department of Agriculture, CommonWealth Kitchen, The Trustees, Edible Boston, Natural Awakenings, Boston Organics, Backyard Farms, Eastern Bank, The Rose Kennedy Greenway, Gentle Giant, Harvest Co-op, New England Dairy Promotion Board, and The Williams Agency.