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September 15-October 1, 2017  The Big E - West Springfield, Massachusetts


October 5-8, 2017
Annual Taste of WGBH; Food & Wine Festival
Boston, Massachusetts
Building on the success of the past, we’re once again collaborating with some of the finest farms, producers, restaurants, wineries, and breweries in this region.    Among the new additions to our program this year is an extra day of indulgence on Sunday with our first-ever Brunch Bar. Join us for a weekend full of festivities that will not only satisfy your palate but also enrich your understanding of New England’s food culture.

October 7-8, 2017  Annual Cranberry Harvest Celebration
Wareham, Massachusetts
Hosted by the A.D. Makepeace Company and co-sponsored by the Cape Cod Cranberry Growers’ Association and Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc.  Visitors are treated to demonstrations of the wet cranberry harvest, cooking demonstrations, an enormous tent full of juried crafters, paddleboat rides on scenic Tihonet Pond, food vendors, music, and more.  A great way to see and learn about the picturesque cranberry harvest, while enjoying some old-fashioned family fun.  Admission is $10, $5 for seniors and military, and children under 7 are admitted free.  Free Parking.  No pets, no dogs please.

October 9-13, 2017 - National School Lunch Week - Nationwide
School Nutrition Association.


October 13, 2017
Local Craft Spirits Festival
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Sustainable Business Network’s  2nd Local Craft Spirits Festival 6:30 (6:00pm VIP) - 9:30 PM in Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA. The Festival will gather hundreds of local spirits fans to celebrate together with dozens of local vendors and hundreds of products! Participate in cocktail demos, enjoy local food, and help choose Boston’s best local craft Mixologist at our Local Craft Cocktail Throwdown.  Participants will receive 13-15 tasting tickets to try cocktails and products.  Hosted by SBN and the Boston Local Food Committee, Local Craft Spirits Festival premiered as New England’s first ever spirits festival of exclusively local spirits and artisan brews.  Get ready to indulge in more than 100 unique samples of local food and beverage, so come taste, discover, socialize, and network with dozens of local distilleries, cideries, meaderies, breweries, artisan beverage brewers, and local food producers, all while savoring local music and celebrating local spirits!  SBN's Local Craft Spirits Festival is affiliated with, and a major fundraiser for, the Annual Boston Local Food Festival.

October 14, 2017  6th Annual Cape Cod Brew Fest
Cape Cod Fairgrounds, Massachusetts
Cape Cod Fairgrounds. Join us for this celebration of American craft brewers and sample from 60+ breweries and over 200 styles of beer. The event will have one session from 2:00 - 5:30 p.m. The festival will feature live music and food trucks & vendors will be on-site for purchase. Every attendee will receive a custom glass. A portion of every ticket sold will benefit the Barnstable County Agricultural Society.  The Cape Cod Brew Fest is a private, ticketed, 21+ event. No one without a ticket or under the legal age will be admitted, including minors, children, infants and babies. No pets allowed.

October 14, 2017  Rockport Harvestfest - Rockport, Massachusetts
From 10am to 5pm. New England food producers gather under a giant tent on one of Rockport’s historic working wharves to celebrate the best of local food with fresh seafood, pastries, cider doughnuts, chowder, small-batch jams, soups, and much more. A selection of local craft beers & wine, as well as soda from Rockport’s own Twin Lights Soda Company are on hand. Cooking demos, cookbook authors, the Rockport Farmers Market and plenty of live bluegrass, jazz, folk and celtic music are all part of the festival.

October 14-15, 2017  Annual Wellfleet Oysterfest
Wellfleet, Massachusetts
Wellfleet comes alive for a two-day celebration of the town”s famous oysters, clams and shellfishing traditions in this street party that brings together locals and visitors alike for a weekend full of food, frolic, and fun.  (Also: )

October 19-22, 2017  Martha's Vineyard Food & Wine Festival
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
Now in its 10th year, the Martha’s Vineyard Food & Wine Festival (MVFWF), hosted by the Edgartown Board of Trade, has quickly grown into a world-class wine and culinary extravaganza on Martha’s Vineyard and has become a signature for the Town of Edgartown.  Praised as one of the “2013 Top 10 Festivals to Taste” by Forbes Travel Guide, this Festival features wine tasting seminars, premium wines, cooking demonstrations by nationally recognized award-winning chefs and wine personalities, culinary dinners, and the Grand Tasting.

October 20-22, 2017  Worcester Spring Home Show
Worcester, Massachusetts
Our new showcase entrance will lead patrons to over 170 booths filled with all the latest products and services for your home, condo or apartment. And of course, you’ll get the expert advice you can only get by talking to real people. The Worcester Fall Home Show has everything you need to make your house into a home.

October 21, 2017  35th Annual Essex ClamFest - Essex, Massachusetts
Several local restaurants will offer their favorite chowder recipes in a competition to determine who serves the best chowder on Cape Ann. Other activities will include arts & crafts, entertainment, food pavilion, Ipswich Ale station, non-profit tables, children's activities and a health fair.

October 21, 2017  The Monkey Helpers' Annual Food Festivale
Boston, Massachusetts
Join Helping Hands: Monkey Helpers as we raise important funds for our service animal Training and Placement programs. Get your tickets today and be treated to tasty bites from some of Boston's finest restaurants.  Enjoy complimentary cocktails along with specialty wine and beer, while dancing to the live music.

October 21, 2017  Annual Salem Harvest Fest - Salem, Massachusetts
Celebrate the season with a sampling of the finest wines, mead and beer.

October 21-22, 2017  22nd Annual Boston Vegetarian Food Festival
Boston, Massachusetts
Our Festival brings together an amazing array of vegetarian natural food providers, top national speakers and chefs, and educational exhibitors in a fun and welcoming environment. It is a chance to talk directly to food producers, learn the newest items in the marketplace, taste free food samples, shop at show special discounts, or simply learn what vegetarian foods are available and where you can find them!

October 24, 2017  Taste of the Region - Franklin, Massachusetts
Sample a variety of delicacies offered from around the region. This fun-filled food festival features an eclectic mix of up to twenty restaurants serving dishes sure to tease your taste buds. Enjoy wonderful music and bid on exciting items in our silent auction. This is an event you won't want to miss!  Tickets cost $10 in advance or $15 at the door.


Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events

waiting for new dates

October 13, 2016  Fresh Taste - Wellesley, Massachusetts
The Natick Visiting Nurse Association (Natick VNA), the area’s premier free-standing, not-for-profit home health care agency.  Annual Fresh Taste benefit from 6pm until 9pm at Elm Bank Reservation, Wellesley.  All proceeds generated at Fresh Taste will benefit Natick Visiting Nurse Association.

October 15, 2016  North Shore Food Truck Festival
Stoneham, Massachusetts
The 2nd Annual North Shore Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival! New England's most popular food trucks will be present along with multiple breweries.



waiting for new dates

October 6, 2015  Share Our Strength's No KId Hungry Dinner
Cambridge, Massachusetts
No child should grow up hungry in America, but one in five children struggles with hunger. Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign is ending childhood hunger in this nation by connecting kids in need with nutritious food and teaching families how to cook healthy, affordable meals. You can help surround kids with the nutritious food they need where they live, learn and play.

October 25, 2015  The Boston Farmers Dinner - Boston, Massachusetts
Imagine shutting down a street in Boston to host a festive farm to table dinner while hearing stories from local farmers. How about in the historic financial district as a menu of farm fresh cuisine is served to your table?   Gathered under the Boston autumn sky, we’ll be presenting the first ever, “Boston Farmers Dinner.”  Franklin Street (from the cross streets of Broad St. to Batterymarch St.) will be closed to traffic for a Farm To Table inspired dinner featuring locally sourced items from area farms.Long, linen-clad tables will be set up in two rows down the middle of the street with seating for over 200 guests. This five-course dinner, artfully created and prepared by Umbria Prime’s chefs, will feature an optional wine pairing for an additional fee. While enjoying the fresh, local food, guests will hear from a variety of speakers on pertinent topics including the farmers who provided the food for the event. Local activists who share a similar mission will speak about topics such as biodiversity and sustainability. This event allows people to come together and not only enjoy local food, but also find out how to better support local farms.

October 25-29, 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.



events still waiting for new dates

October 17, 2014  Bounty-ful: A Taste of the Farm Stand
Boston, Massachusetts
A fundraiser to support the Boston Bounty Bucks program - 6:00-8:30pm. The event will be held at the Benjamin Franklin Institute in the South End neighborhood of Boston. Bounty-ful will highlight tasting bites from local chefs, farm stand food producers, as well as samplings of local wine, spirits, and brews. This is a 21+ event.  What better way to support your local community than by sampling food from a variety of delicious local restaurants and food producers? Proceeds from this fundraiser help raise critical funds for Boston Bounty Bucks. The Boston Bounty Bucks program offers an affordable way to increase access to fresh, healthy and local food for low income residents of Boston. The event promises to be a great way to celebrate the harvest with local foodies while raising funds for a worthy cause.

October 24, 2014  Whisky Live - Boston, Massachusetts
Whisky Live offers a fantastic evening of the finest whisky, incredible whisky cocktails, great food and fantastic entertaining – making enjoying whisky part of a lifestyle. Check out the exhibitor list and stay tuned for more incredible whiskies from around the world.



events still waiting for new dates

October 12-13, 2012  St. James Armenian Church Annual Bazaar / Food Festival - Watertown, Massachusetts
St James Charles Mosesian Cultural and Youth Center, Keljik Hall, 465 Mt. Auburn St., Watertown MA.  Delicious Armenian Food, Delicacies and Pastries!  Booths and vendors! Raffles, including the $100 Raffle, Apple Raffle, and $2 Raffle. Kidzone including pumpkin decorating, games, clown/balloon animals, and more!  Ample parking lot and street parking. On the 71 bus line.   For more information email [email protected]

October 20-21, 2012  National Cranberry Festival - Edaville, Mass.
Excitement and education for the whole family.  Aspiring engineers of all ages will enjoy an authentic train ride through spectacular scenery, oftentimes past actual cranberry harvesting. Festival features include a harvest marketplace of handcrafted goods and goodies, featuring all things cranberry, live musical entertainment, meet celebrity host The Cat In The Hat, cozy up for a photo opportunity or stay for story time with one of his favorite Seuss books, live dog agility demonstrations by Thunder Under & Over in Plympton, Irish Step dancing, pony rides, and you can even take a helicopter ride for a bird’s eye view of our 1,300 acre cranberry plantation in all its fall beauty!

October 26, 2012  Tournament of Wines - Worcester, Massachusetts
We are bringing out our finest – Drop Dead Gorgeous armor, wines, and guests – to benefit education programs at the Higgins Armory.  Featuring: 25 varieties of wine and an additional 12 varieties in the VIP area, Petite plates of food (only in VIP area), Music, Premium Raffle Drawing: $10 per ticket, additional cash bar, beyond the included wine tasting and hors d’oeuvre


Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events

waiting for new dates

October 15, 2011  Taste of Home Cooking School - Taunton, Mass.
The Sun Chronicle presents the Taste of Home Cooking School. Drop your whisks, grab your friends, & experience the excitement & fun of live cooking demonstrations!


Food & Wine Shows & Local Events

events still waiting for new dates

October 10-16, 2010  Dine Out for Farms Week - Gloucester, Mass.
American Farmland Trust's inaugural Dine Out for Farms™ is a national, week-long event that will bring together restaurants and customers to support a sustainable future for America's farms. Restaurants across the country will raise funds and awareness for American Farmland Trust's programs that support farms and help save the land that sustains us.

October 14, 2010  NBJ Summit Extension at Expo East - Boston, Mass.
Join a panel of successful nutrition industry CEOs and hear how they rose up to where they are and how they’re staying put.  How to identify emerging trends, integrate them into your business and capitalize will be the focus on this session.



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