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Menino celebrates Boston Local Food Festival Kick-off

Posted by Jeremy C. Fox  June 28, 2012 05:43 PM

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Mayor Thomas M. Menino and Nancy Brennan, executive director of the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, looked on as Boston Local Food Festival producer Nicola Williams spoke.

Mayor Thomas M. Menino joined with officials from the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy and local growers, makers, and purveyors Thursday afternoon for the Boston Local Food Festival Kick-off.

The event served as a preview — a sort of amuse-bouche -- for the third annual festival, to be hosted in October by the Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts. Festival partners City Fresh Foods, City Growers, Katsiroubas Brothers Produce, Batch Ice Cream, Equal Exchange Café, and Boston Organics were on hand with free samples of their products.

Menino said the event “showcases the food revolution that is taking place in the city of Boston.”

“This is such an important issue because it’s about bringing more fresh foods into our city,” he said. “It’s about our economy and creating jobs. It’s about supporting the agriculture taking place in our city and in our state.”

Menino touted one specific aspect of the city’s changing food culture, the introduction of day-boat fish to local farmers markets, which he celebrated at a “Seafood Throw-down” on City Hall Plaza Wednesday. Day-boat fish, which are fish that arrive at market within 36 hours of being caught, had not been available to local consumers for 70 years.

The Local Food Festival, Menino said, is also a chance to showcase the Kennedy Greenway and “how it’s made an oasis in the city of Boston.”

Nancy Brennan, executive director of the Greenway Conservancy, thanked the mayor for his support, while also ribbing Menino about his sweet tooth after he said he would not leave the ceremony before sampling some locally made Batch Ice Cream.

“Before the mayor goes and eats all the ice cream and leaves none for us,” Brennan said with a laugh, “I want to thank the mayor for being the most consistent champion of the Greenway, a place that he has charged us to be a place that is very special in this city.”

Nicola Williams, producer for the Local Food Festival, said the event will include farmers, restaurants, food trucks, local music, gardening demonstrations, another seafood throw-down, and activities for all ages.

The Boston Local Food Festival will take place Sunday, Oct. 7, on the Wharf Area Parks of the Kennedy Greenway from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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Menino lined up with other ice cream fans for a sample from Batch, a Jamaica Plain-based ice cream maker.

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