Celebrate New England's Bounty at Food Festival
September 11, 2014

 

This Sunday, September 14, make plans to head to the Rose Kennedy Greenway for the Boston Local Food Festival. The free one-day event is a celebration of the bounty of New England, with farmers, local restaurants, food trucks, specialty food producers, fisher folks, and organizations focusing on healthy food and fitness on hand.

The theme this year is “Healthy Local Food for All” and the aim is to connect Massachusetts residents and New Englanders with the abundance of fresh, nutritious local food choices available close to home. There are also all sorts of family-friendly activities, with music, samples, chef demons and a fun zone for kids.

In its 4th year, the event is presented by the Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts, and features everything from freshly harvested produce and seafood to food-inspired arts and crafts to $5 food tastings. The Boston Collaborative for Food and Fitness, a sponsor of the family fun zone, is nonprofit that works to increase access to locally grown, healthy, affordable food and safe places for physical activity and play in Boston neighborhoods. It will have info and games at the festival.

Family Fun Zone Highlights 

Healthy Yoga Life will offer an hour of fun and accessible yoga for everyone. Kids of all ages and adults can move together in the one-hour class.

Nourish Boston will have a seeding and planting activity where volunteers will read a story about gardening to kids and then provide them with materials to plant their own vegetation.

Boston Food Forest Coalition, a group working to establish a public food forest network throughout the City of Boston (like publicly accessible edible gardens, orchards, and food forests), will have demos including making bee and butterfly-friendly seedballs and how to make upcycled starter seed pots.

New England Aquarium is bringing its popular traveling tide pool exhibit that introduces children to the creatures that live in the tide pools. Learn about sea stars, hermit crabs, and more, with opportunities to view and touch up close.

Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy will have big sized checkers, bean bag toss, a mobile reading room (moving library) and Imagination Playground (big foam blocks in different shapes and sizes) available throughout the whole festival.

Visit the Boston Local Food Festival website for times and locations. It’s a good idea to take public transportation. Both the MBTA Aquarium and South Station stops are central to the festival. Don’t forget to bring your own water bottles and bags.

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