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2017 Massachusetts: November & December 2017

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November 3-4, 2017
James Beard Foundation's Taste America
Boston, Massachusetts
James Beard Foundation’s Taste America national epicurean tour, featuring one-night-only collaborative dinners.  Enjoy a unique, one-night only menu created by a Taste America All-Star joined by an elite team of notable local chefs. These exclusive dining events are perfect for the food enthusiast, as well as offering ideal entertaining opportunities for executives, clients, media, and VIPs.  See website for ticket prices and details for each city.

November 3-5, 2017  23rd Annual Franklin County Ciderdays
Franklin County, Massachusetts
A community event celebrating all things apples including orchard tours, cidermaking and tastings, workshops and much more. This is for all who love apples, fresh or hard cider, apple cuisine, apple orchards or just being in New England in the fall.

November 3-5, 2017  31st Annual Christmas Festival
Boston, Massachusetts
A popular highlight is the Gingerbread House Competition, where celebrated chefs from area restaurants, bakeries and culinary schools create gingerbread masterpieces to be judged by a celebrity panel and sold.

November 8, 2017  The Whisky Extravaganza - Boston, Massachusetts
Features a sampling of unlimited expressions of the world's finest whiskies.   Each event is held at the finest hotels and private clubs in the United States to ensure an elegant, comfortable and relaxed environment. Tickets by advance purchase only.


November 11, 2017
2nd Annual Wachusett Ski Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival
Princeton, Massachusetts
Food Truck Festivals of America.  Wachusett Mountain.  Featuring 25+ local (and delicious) food trucks. Also enjoy some of the best regional and national craft beers.

November 23, 2017  THANKSGIVING DAY - Nationwide
There are so many events today they are to numerous to list.

November 25-December 17, 2017 - Country Christmas Open House
East Sandwich, Massachusetts
Green Briar Nature Center.  Come by our Open House at Green Briar during the Weekends of Christmas in Sandwich. Taste a sampling of our delicious Jam Kitchen products and a cup of mulled cider. Browse among a variety of great holiday gift ideas in the Green Briar shop offering jams, jellies, relishes, books, an abundance of nature-related items as well as books, games, puppets and toys for children. Unique handmade gifts and home decorations created by our Green Briar Crafters will also be available.

December 10, 2017 - Terra Madre Day - Worldwide
A worldwide celebration of local food held every year on December 10. Through hundreds of diverse and unique events across the globe, together we show that a global food revolution grows from local roots.


2016 Massachusetts: November & December 2016

waiting for new dates

November 2-6, 2016 - Food As Medicine - Stockbridge, Massachusetts
A Feast of Science & Wisdom.  Enjoy a whole-body nutritional system tune-up, kitchen wisdom, lively cooking demonstrations, and nourishing spirituality that make healthy eating and vibrant living a reality for women of all ages.  The Center for Mind-Body Medicine will be presenting this training at the world-renowned Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health.

November 6, 2016 - Harvest Home Festival & 5K
North Grafton, Massachusetts
Community Harvest Project.  Every November we host a harvest-themed fundraiser filled with fun for the whole family and packed with Fall New England charm!  Hay Rides; Apple Cannon; Pumpkin Trebuchet Launching & Competition; Interactive Farm Equipment Display; Bouncy Houses; Kids Arts & Crafts; Festival Games; Pony Rides; Chainsaw Sculpture; Balloon Animals; Civil War Encampment; Alpacas.  Admission: $5 per person; 12 & under are free; Cap of $20 per family!

November 6, 2016 - Flavors of Bedford - Bedford, Massachusetts
The Flavors of Bedford is an afternoon of elegance, fine dining, and a chance to mingle with friends.  Nibble and nosh your way through while sampling the very best in appetizers, entrees, and desserts from area restaurants.  Enjoy a glass of wine from the bar, or a cup of delicious coffee while listening to local talent.  It's the very essence of Bedford and what makes us such a great place to live and work.

November 15, 2016 - Flavors of Boston - Boston, Massachusetts
Flavors is a culinary experience that goes beyond the traditional gala and provides each table of attendees with a local chef who will prepare a multi-course dinner tableside. The meal that is delivered will showcase the signature dishes of our culinary experts and take you beyond the usual restaurant fare. Unleash your inner "foodie" and experience a distinct evening of dining while helping to fund the research, education and advocacy efforts of the American Liver Foundation.

November 18-20, 2016 - America's Hometown Thanksgiving
Plymouth, Massachusetts
The Annual America’s Hometown Thanksgiving Celebration is held at the birthplace of Thanksgiving, Plymouth, Massachusetts on the weekend before Thanksgiving.  The weekend of festivities has become a beloved holiday occasion as well as an important link to our nation’s history and heritage. For 18 years, hundreds of thousands of people from all walks of life have traveled to the historic Plymouth Harbor and Waterfront to experience a bounty of authentic Americana. The celebration of Thanksgiving becomes history-brought-to-life as Pilgrims, Native Americans, Soldiers, Patriots, and Pioneers proudly climb out of the history books and onto the streets of Plymouth.  Our mission is to educate the public while preserving our country’s important history, starting with the Pilgrim legacy and Thanksgiving story while recognizing all those who have fought to protect the American way of life. We will accomplish this goal by producing a Thanksgiving celebration of excellence in Plymouth, America’s Hometown, where Thanksgiving began. Through concerts honoring military sacrifice and a parade chronicling the Pilgrim legacy, spectators will leave with a sense of history and pride.

November 19-December 3, 2016  23rd Annual Festival of Trees
Methuen, Massachusetts
The Festival of Trees has been a marvel of the Merrimack Valley for over two decades. Start the holiday season with this family celebration of the sights and sounds of the holidays. Featuring over 240 trees, wreaths and displays that you could win, the Festival of Trees has something for everyone. Make The Festival of Trees a part of your holiday season-visit us, enter to win, host an event at the Festival or volunteer and help share the magic.

November 24, 2016  Thanksgiving at Plimoth Plantation
Plymouth, Massachusetts
Plimoth Plantation - AMERICA'S THANKSGIVING DINNER features the classic roast turkey with all the traditional New England trimmings. While you enjoy the company of family and friends, Pilgrim role players and Native interpreters will be on hand to greet you and you'll learn about the 1621 feast that continues to inspire our modern celebration of Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving dinner at Plimoth makes the holiday's history come alive for you.  1627 HARVEST DINNER WITH THE PILGRIMS. Join us in the year 1627 for an evening of entertainment and hospitality with the residents of the 17th-Century English Village.  Discover the table manners and recipes that traveled across the Atlantic with the Pilgrims, and find out about the harvest celebration of 1621. During dinner, you will be entertained with psalms and songs and perhaps you will be convinced to join in singing a round or two.

November 27, 2016  Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting
Gloucester, Massachusetts
The parade starts at the State Fish Pier at 3:00 PM and travels through downtown to Kent Circle.  The Tree Lighting activities will begin around 4:15 PM at Kent Circle.

December 2-4, 2016  27th Stockbridge Main Street At Christmas
Stockbridge, Massachusetts
The town of Stockbridge, made famous by Norman Rockwell’s painting of the village during the holidays, becomes a magical New England setting decorated with holiday wreaths and festive lights. The celebration includes holiday house tours, caroling, and a holiday concert. Capping off the weekend is a recreation on Sunday of the scene depicted in Rockwell’s “Main Street at Christmas,” complete with vintage automobiles parked in the spots occupied in the painting. The day’s activities include horse drawn rides, a visit from Santa, Roger the Jester, lunch at the Christmas Food Booth and much more.

December 2-4, 2016  37th Annual Christmas in Salem House Tour
Salem, Massachusetts
Explore 18th and 19th century homes decorated for the holidays, all within easy walking distance. Enjoy free trolley service, dining and shopping discounts, special museum offers, concerts, lectures, theater and movie tie-ins, wine tasting and more.

December 31, 2016  Rockport New Year’s Eve
Rockport, Massachusetts
Downtown Rockport, 6 pm to midnight. Six hours of continuous entertainment with 80 shows to choose from to ring in 2017!


2015 Massachusetts: November & December 2015
Food & Wine Shows & Local Events
waiting for new dates

November 1-5, 2015 - Dine Out Cape Ann - Cape Ann, Massachusetts
The Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the new Dine Out Cape Ann.  Cape Ann is throwing away the tired restaurant week model and taking a fresh approach aimed at highlighting the unique flavor of each participating restaurant. The two week event will take place October 25th –  29th and November 1st –  5th, 2015, in restaurants throughout Cape Ann.  Participating restaurateurs have been asked to create exclusive menu options that embrace their particular venue and highlight what makes them unique – from dishes that feature local seafood to signature cocktails and food pairings. This new spin culminates in a wide array of exceptional dining experiences that make up Dine Out Cape Ann.


2014 Massachusetts: November & December 2014

waiting for new dates

November 27-29, 2014  Thanksgiving Weekend at Old Sturbridge Village - Sturbridge, Massachusetts
To mark one of just a handful of holidays on the early New England calendar, Old Sturbridge Village re-creates various activities from an early New England Thanksgiving Day.  Experience the traditions of an early 19th-century New England Thanksgiving. Learn about 1830s dining etiquette and watch the men of the Village compete in a post-dinner target shoot. Smell the scents of roasted turkey and pies warming by the fire. Learn about Native American Thanksgiving traditions and customs, and hear the minister talk about the real meaning of Thanksgiving in the Village's historic Center Meetinghouse.  As part of the celebration, the village will host a New England wedding. Thanksgiving was a favorite time for many early 19th-century marriages, as family gathered for the holiday. Visit with the bride as she prepares for the wedding and enjoy a dramatic presentation about the couple’s courtship and marriage, including their re-created wedding ceremony.


2012 Massachusetts: November & December 2012

waiting for new dates

November 4, 2012  Celebrity Chef Tour - Boston, Massachusetts
Benefiting the James Beard Foundation, featuring Award-Winning Chefs.


2009 Massachusetts - November & December 2009

events still waiting for new dates

November 3, 2009  Starchefs Rising Stars Revue
Boston, Massachusetts
The online magazine for culinary insiders recognizes chefs from around the country as they come into their own as young leaders in the culinary field. All winners are hand-selected by editorial panel based on in-person tastings and one-on one interviews. The Revue features a walk-around tasting gala featuring signature dishes from each chef, as well as premium wine pairings, spirits and entertainment.




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