Yesterday we wandered down to Fort Point Channel for the Boston Local Food Festival. The gathering of local vendors and restaurants intended to teach area residents about the accessibility and importance of local food. We had a fun afternoon there, and I wanted to share some pictures from the day with you.
We saw a pig butchering demonstration (skip these pictures if this sort of thing makes you squeamish)...
... and tons of local vendors and restaurants.
We sampled Maine Root's sodas. I love the blueberry soda and buy it often, so I tried the pumpkin pie soda. It was a little gingery and pretty reminiscent of pumpkin pie. And Jeff stuck with his favorite: the root beer.
We both snacked on sandwiches from the grilled cheese truck.
Jeff had a Boston Common (Grafton cheddar on brioche) with bacon, and I had a half Boston Common with bacon and tomatoes. It definitely hit the spot.
I ran into a lot of friends like Michelle from Fun and Fearless in Beantown (pictured) and her fiance; Lara from Good Cook Doris; and Meghan from Travel, Wine, and Dine. I also met Jon from Local in Season.
We really had a great day. I couldn't believe how crowded the festival got. Clearly a lot of people are interested in supporting local vendors!
My few tips for next year would be to have a bigger area, to develop some sort of traffic flow pattern (we got stuck in some tents because the crowding and lack of organization was so terrible), and lastly, no baby strollers. I understand wanting to bring children, but it's just too dense of an area to have to dodge strollers. Maybe there could be some sort of designated stroller parking area.
Did you go to the festival (or have you been to a festival like this in your area), what did you think?