Photos by Samantha Levy, Words by Paulina Stefanowski
The fellow foodies of Boston showed true dedication on this past October 6. The foodies, including myself and the editors of TasteBUds, all trudged through a cold and rainy Sunday to attend Boston’s annual Local Food Festival, presented by the Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts, and it was well worth the journey. As soon as we emerged by Haymarket, the festival greeted us with rows of food vendors along with cooking exhibitions. And what better way to warm up then with a cup of hot apple cider from the Flour Bakery and Cafe table? The festival could satisfy anyone’s craving, whether it was for bread, cookies, pasta, or some barbecue. We sampled some amazing truffle ravioli from Valicenti Organico as well as pumpkin hummus, which was roasted pumpkin blended with white beans and spices. To add to the excitement, the festival included chefs and bakers from all over New England, so we were able to sample and buy products unavailable in the Boston area. One such business was Lala’s Harvest, a vendor who specializes in homemade baked goods, jams, and jellies. We sampled and loved the seasonal pumpkin butter, which can be spread on toast or eaten right off the spoon!
As the frigid winter air blows and snow begins to fall, the season of summer markets comes to a conclusion. Since many fruits and vegetables are no longer in prime season and vendors would rather avoid the cold of outdoor markets, a number of summer markets--including Boston University’s farmer’s market and SOWA, a popular market located on Harrison St. in the South End--have ended. But this conclusion is not the end of the farmer’s market season: a number of winter farmer’s markets will soon be popping up. Plus one of them is close to campus. Just a 20-minute walk from West Campus.
Come rain or shine, nothing gets in the way of Bostonians and their food. Ominous clouds circling overhead? Certainly didn’t stop me or the other hundreds of food lovers from going to the third annual Boston Local Food Festival held at the Rose Kennedy Greenway. From numerous tasting booths, food demonstrations, competitions, live music and petition booths, it was an exciting day for any foodie. For those who missed out on this year’s event, fret not; I have compiled a list of highlights from the day. With chocolate tasting stalls here and cheese tasting stalls there, I soon found myself in an eating frenzy; but a quick glance at my packed itinerary reminded me to get to the lamb cutting demonstration.