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Boston Local Food Festival
For one spectacular day each year, the Sustainable Business Network transforms the Rose Kennedy Greenway and the City of Boston into the nation's largest local & sustainable food hub! Boston Local Food Festival is a free outdoor festival that showcases farmers, local restaurants, food trucks, specialty food producers, fisher folks, and organizations focusing on healthy food and fitness from New England. The festival also features lively chef & DIY demos, a seafood throwdown competition, diverse music and performances, family fun zone and more.
Festival goers learn about the benefits of sustainably grown and produced food, shop the market, eat delicious local food, participate in fun, educational activities and exhibits, engage with top local chefs and enjoy local music. Themed “Healthy Local Food for All”, the festival connects Massachusetts and New England eaters of all backgrounds with the abundance of fresh, nutritious local food choices available close to home.
The festival is a zero-waste event, meaning we divert over 91% of our waste each year and we offset 100% of our energy use! All perishable items sold are made from locally sourced products. Best of all, we bring this annual event to the community free of charge. So grab your reusable water bottles and bags and enjoy New England’s largest one day farmers market, while celebrating “Healthy Local Food for All.”
This year, SBN is pleased to launch The New England Village. Here, vendors from our New England states will be on hand. At 12:00 pm Food Solutions New England and SBN offer a “50 by 60” vision briefing update. A New England Food Vision calls for our region to build the capacity to have healthy food for all, sustainable farming and fishing, and thriving communities while producing 50% of our food by 2060. This groundbreaking report is the basis for the New England Village that is meant to inspire all the New England states to work together to ensure we meet or exceed that goal. Members of the Food Solutions New England network who are working towards the goal will share their remarks.
- Laury Hammel, Executive Director, Sustainable Businesses Network of Massachusetts
- Brian Donahue, Brandeis University
- Joanne Burke, University of New Hampshire Sustainability Institute
- Niaz Dorry, Coordinating Director, Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance
- Julius Kolawole, African Alliance of Rhode Island
- Tom Kelly, Director, University of New Hampshire Sustainability Institute
Following the briefing at 1:00 pm, Meet the Authors of the New England Food Vision will take place in the 50 by 60 Gallery where Brian Donahue, Joanne Burke, Tom Kelly, and Amanda Beal, Maine Farmland Trust, will be available to discuss the details of the Vision and its current and potential impact on the future of food in New England.
Featured image courtesy of Shelburne Orchards.