BOSTON – This city’s Fish Pier is the oldest working fish pier in the U.S. and the Boston Seafood Festival, coming up in the Fort Point Channel Sunday, August 7, celebrates that heritage.
Five years old now, it brings together the fishing and foodservice industries and seeks to raise public awareness of the importance of seafood to the city and the country at large.
This year, “The Adventure,” the oldest fishing schooner and highest grossing fishing boat in its time, will be in the city, traveling down from Gloucester, MA to take part in the celebration.
Keeping a working fish pier in Boston is the goal of the Boston Fisheries Foundation, says Chris Basile, president of the festival’s board of directors. The festival was his ‘brainchild,’ and the former restaurateur’s goal is still to sustain a healthier and more sustainable fishery in the city.
The event takes place from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and includes seafood tastings, clambakes and chef demos, educational events, and family fun.
Festival co-founder Joe Zanti, owner of Yankee Lobster Co., explains that the festival seeks “to offer a fun day to enjoy one of New England’s most important natural resources in a responsible and enjoyable way. We’ll be celebrating our maritime heritage together, and eating some really good food!”
Public awareness of the importance of the seafood industry is needed, Basile adds. He hopes to raise awareness of small species such as scup, herring and whiting.
Music, dancers, entertainment and events for children will be the order of the day at the festival along with educational programs, an oyster shucking battle and a chefs’ competition. It’s a fun day for entire families to head to the waterfront, enjoy and learn about the value the fishing industry brings to the city. Visit the Lobster Bake tent and find delicious fare and the Harpoon tent for tasty brews.
The local seafood industry is involved as sponsors of the festival, which is a 501C3 nonprofit as sponsors, participants or both, Basile adds.
Space is still available for sponsors by contacting Natalie Roome, community outreach coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org. For information about booths at the Festival, go to www. http://bostonseafoodfestival.org/become-a-food-vendor/
For tickets, visit http://www.eventbrite.com/e/2016-boston-seafood-festival-tickets-21493637047
Craft vendors, non-profits and educators are urged to participate. The mission, Basile, points out, is to “preserve, sustain and share our seafood and maritime heritage as essential to our common health.”