Does it get any more perfect during Fall in New England than this? The Boston Local Food Festival took over the Four Point Channel on Saturday to bring you the best of local food. People responded, in droves in fact. The place was hopping and it was packed. I consider it a sport to dodge strollers winding paths through crowds, and actually I consider it a huge success for the festival folks that I had to dodge so many people!
Farms, artisans, restaurants, community groups - they all did a fabulous job of really getting people not familiar with the local food scene, to think more about it. I've often said, local food is just happy. There were no happier (and fuller) people in Boston than the ones at the festival this Saturday.
Sadly my time was limited there on Saturday afternoon, but I got a chance to sample some mouth-watering Pork Sliders with apple cider at Salem's 62 Restaurant booth and FINALLY got to try out some of the pasta from the ladies over at Nella Pasta . I consistently see raves for their products on all the blogs I read, it was nice to finally give them a try. And yes, their pasta is fabulous.
Last but certainly not least are my friends over at Local in Season. I'm so very lucky to have been given an opportunity by Co-Founder Jon Ross-Wiley to do some work for this amazing website and have some of my recipes posted over there. Their concept of buying locally is much like mine - better food is the reason. It was fabulous to finally meet Jon and Local in Season writer, Lara, of Good Cook Doris fame. Their booth was always hopping - hopefully it translates to a lot more people following the concept of eating locally, AND in season.
The Boston Local Food Fest was definitely well-done and a success. From the crowds, to the scores of volunteers making sure everything went well, right down to everyone recycling what was left behind. I was truly impressed and I hope to see another event from this group very soon!
It's been a busy week in Lighter and Local land. I still have my fabulous canning class to tell you about, my Curly Tail Pug Rescue cupcake party, and I just got to taste the bread that's coming along with my Winter CSA share at Heron Pond Farm. Amazingly that winter share starts up in two weeks! I'm irrationally excited for it. It's all coming your way, I promise!