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Taste local cuisine at the Boston Local Food Festival

The annual festival on the Greenway highlights the importance of locally grown and prepared foods.

The 12th annual Boston Local Food Festival comes to the Greenway in September. Photo by Fred Moses

The Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts (SBN) hosts its 12th annual Boston Local Food Festival on Sunday, Sept. 18. Located on the Greenway, the festival celebrates locally made and grown food around Boston, with vendors, games, and demonstrations.

This year’s more than 75 vendors include farms and food purveyors like Little Leaf Farms, Barry’s Hot Sauce, Taza Chocolate, Red Apple Farm, Nirvana Restaurant, and Tasting Counter. Find the full lineup of vendors here. The day will also include cooking demonstrations from some of New England’s top chefs. Two chefs will even compete in front of a live audience for the best seafood dish at the Seafood Throwdown. The Family Fun Zone by the fountains will have face painting, educational booths, and games, while the New England Village will include vendors selected to represent their state for embodying the ideals of a green, local, and fair economy.

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The event is zero-waste, with 91 percent of waste products diverted and 100 percent of energy use offset. The SBN’s Boston Local Food Program, which puts on the annual festival, aims to support a thriving local food system with healthy food accessible to all people. The program raises awareness about eating local, helps small businesses network, and, in addition to the Boston Local Food Festival, hosts initiatives like Eat Local Month (taking place in August), the Eat Local MA app, and the Local Food Trade Show.

Those interested in volunteering at this year’s food festival can fill out this form, and attendees can find more information and register on Eventbrite.

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