October Events

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7

Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts presents the 3rd Annual Boston Local Food Festival. The free festival is Boston’s premier food festival promoting the joys of eating local food and includes local farmers, some of the best restaurants in New England, specialty foods, Fishstock and a “Seafood Throwdown”, Meat Cutting Demos and Chef Demos.

11 am – 5 pm, The Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13

Support local business at the Food Truck ThrowdownFood trucks from Boston and New York City will compete against each other in various contests all day long for a chance to win “Best Food Truck.” Admission is free.

11am-9pm, Dewey Square on the Greenway, Boston

MONDAY, OCTOBER 15

Culinary Historians of Boston present Andrew F. Smith, author of American Tuna: The Rise and Fall of an Improbable Food will provide a lively account of the American tuna industry over the past century.

Smith relates how tuna went from being sold primarily as a fertilizer to becoming the most commonly consumed fish in the country. In his book, American Tuna, the so-called “chicken of the sea” is both the subject and the backdrop for other facets of American history: U.S. foreign policy, immigration and environmental politics, and dietary trends.

6 pm, Schlesinger Library, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA

MONDAY, OCTOBER 22

As part of the Pèpin Lecture Series in Food Studies and Gastronomy, Darra Goldstein, Francis Christopher Oakley Third-Century Professor of Russian at Williams College and founding editor of Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture will present The Progress of the Fork: From Diabolical to Divine.

She traces the evolution of forks over the centuries and shows how developments in fork design reflect changing ideas about food fashions, hygiene, table manners, and table service in Europe and the United States.

Please register here.

6 pm, 808 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 117, Boston

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24

Gordon Shepherd, author of Neurogastronomy: How the Brain Creates Flavor and Why it Matters will present a special lecture, titled, “Neurogastronomy: What is it, and why does it matter?”

6 pm, SHA Auditorium, 928 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

–AND–

Learn about the Food Day celebration, a nationwide movement toward more healthy, affordable, and sustainable food. Food Day is powered by a diverse coalition of food movement leaders, organizations, and people from all walks of life. The ultimate goal of Food Day is to strengthen and unify the food movement in order to improve our nation’s food policies.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27-28

Join the Boston Vegetarian Society for the 17th annual Boston Vegetarian Food Festival. Meet with chefs, network with food producers, and sample vegetarian dishes and products current on the market.

10/27:  11am-6pm, 10/28: 10am-4pm
Reggie Lewis Athletic Center, 1350 Tremont St, Boston

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