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Local Food Festival returns to Rose Kennedy Greenway in October

Posted by Jeremy C. Fox  August 26, 2013 04:53 PM

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(Jeremy C. Fox for Boston.com)

Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino and other ice cream fans lined for a sample from Batch, a Jamaica Plain-based ice cream maker, at a preview event for the 2012 Boston Local Food Festival.

For the fourth year in a row, a stretch of downtown Boston will be transformed for a day into one of the region’s largest outdoor farmers markets, as the Boston Local Food Festival returns to the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway.

Sponsored by the Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts, the annual market on Sunday, Oct. 6 will include about 100 local farm stands, food trucks, restaurants, specialty food producers, fishers, and healthy food and fitness organizations from across the region, the network said in a statement.

Laury Hammel, founder of the network, said in the statement that the festival allows consumers to build direct relationships with those who grow, raise, and prepare their food.

“The Boston Local Food Festival goes beyond promoting the importance of delicious healthy local food to hundreds of thousands of ‘eaters,’ and actually connects thousands of local folks directly with farms, producers, distributors, retailers, and restaurants,” she said. “The festival has become a place for people to meet face-to-face with neighbors that grow or produce their food.”

As many as 40,000 fans of local, sustainable agriculture are expected to attend the festival. The food sold at the festival will all be priced at $6 or less to ensure affordability to all, the network said.

The event will include live music, chef demonstrations, a Seafood Throwdown competition, a Crop Share area, and a Family Fun Zone, the network said.

The network said the festival is run by New England vendors who buy their products from local producers, and that it has no corporate sponsors and is sustained only by independent, local businesses. Scheduled vendors include Mei Mei Street Kitchen, Red Fire Farm, Ula Café, and dozens more.

Festival organizers also work to ensure that 91 percent of waste from the festival is composted or recycled, the network said, and in June the festival was named one of the most eco-friendly festivals in the country by Party Earth, a web site that covers local events in cities around the world.

To support its efforts at environmental sustainability, the network encourages visitors to travel by public transportation, bicycle, or carpool to the festival, and to bring reusable bags and water bottles. No bottled water will be sold at the event.

For more information about the Boston Local Food Festival, visit www.bostonlocalfoodfestival.org or call 617-575-9165.

Jeremy C. Fox can be reached at jeremy.fox@globe.com.
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