Commissioner Scott Soares
Commissioner, Department of Agriculture Resources (DAR)
Along a park next to the Boston Children’s Museum earlier this month, I had the pleasure of attending the first Boston Local Food Festival. After days of steady rain, the clouds cleared for a perfect fall day, which allowed upward of 30,000 visitors to enjoy the spectacular outdoor event. Months of planning by the Sustainable Business Network and the Boston Food Council went off without a hitch. The food, health and agricultural communities came together for this event to celebrate the vibrant food culture in Boston.
More than 120 restaurants, non-profit organizations, specialty food companies and farms participated in the festival! Blue Heron Organic and Red Fire Farms intermingled with restaurants like 3 Little Pigs and Stone Hearth Pizza. But the bounty didn’t end there. There were 45 specialty food vendors like Ben’s Sugar Shack, Hedgie’s Hot Stuff and Taza Chocolate, all with samples that kept you coming back for more. And of course DAR was there to promote fresh food from farms across the Commonwealth.
The first Boston Local Food Festival was truly a landmark. It was a celebration of all that Boston and Massachusetts have to offer by way of healthy and delicious food. And as indicated by organizations in attendance it was a signal that the city is committed to making healthy food a top priority.
Here's some suggestions from our friends at the Department of Public Health on their blog about how to make healthy eating a part of your dinner menu.