Festival Promotes Healthy Local Food for All

The 10th annual Boston Local Food Festival, which is Boston’s premier food festival and is ranked as one of the top food events in the northeast region, will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., September 15, on The Rose Kennedy Greenway, downtown Boston. The free event is positioned as New England’s largest farmers’ market celebrating the joys of eating local food. Themed “healthy local food for all,” the festival is presented by the Sustainable Business Network (SBN) of Massachusetts and based on the principles of local, green and fair.

“The Sustainable Business Network’s Boston Local Food Festival, now in its 10th year, supports the innumerable benefits of purchasing locally grown agricultural and food products. Buying local creates community support, builds business viability for our growers and producers, and supports environmental impacts including open space and sustainable energy models. Buying local makes a critical difference for consumers, retail and wholesale food buyers,” says John Lebeaux, commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources.

This zero waste festival attracts more than 40,000 people and offers local farmers, restaurants, chefs, specialty producers and related nonprofits and service providers the opportunity to showcase their local culinary creations and programs in a festival and lively outdoor setting. Eaters will purchase local dairy, meat, produce and fresh cooked dishes made with food grown and harvested in New England as well as try new dishes and products made close to our backyards. More than 75 vendors will be featured at this year’s festival that also offers chef demos, a New England Village, Family Fun Zone, and lively Seafood Throwdown competition.

“SBN was one of the first organizations to embrace our message that local seafood is part of our local food system and has demonstrated a commitment to community-based fishermen from the very first Local Food Festival,” says Niaz Dorry, coordinating director for the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance. “Through the Festival, their programs and related events, SBN has been able to deliver the message to eaters that if you care who grows your lettuce and tomatoes or raises your pigs and chicken, who benefits from it, and how far your landfood travels, then you need to care about who is catching your seafood, who controls the seafood system, and where the fish go that regional fishermen catch.”

Cost: Free. Location: The Rose Kennedy Greenway, Zone B, Milk St., Boston. For more information, call 617-395-0250 or visit BostonLocalFoodFestival.com.

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