June Food Festivals

One of the best things about summer is the sheer amount of outdoor activities. And one of my favorite things to do is check out food festivals when I have a chance. Food festivals/events are a good way to sample different foods, whether they celebrate a specific culture, a charity, or are just a fun way to bring people together. As we start off the month of June, here are some food festivals happening in and around Boston (titles link to official/ticket sites):

SoWa Open Market: This isn’t strictly a food festival and has three different locations covering three blocks. The first is the Food Truck Court at 540 Harrison Ave. with 30 to 35 food trucks present; the Farmer’s Market is at 500 Harrison Ave. with a variety of locally grown products; and the Arts Market is at the end of Thayer Street and features a vast assortment of handmade products.

When and Where: Every Sunday in June, 10a.m. – 4p.m. Harrison Ave. and Thayer Street, South End

Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl: Celebrating its 31st year this time, this annual event is touted as the nation’s largest all-you-can-eat ice cream festival. There will be ice cream, sorbet, and frozen yogurt from nine leading ice cream companies. Money raised goes towards cancer research. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids.

When and Where: Tuesday, June 4th – Thursday, June 6th, noon – 8p.m. City Hall Plaza, Boston

The Cambridge Food Truck Festival: This event is from the Food Truck Festivals of New England and will feature over 20 food trucks serving a variety of meals from entrees to desserts. Tickets are available online for $7 or at the event for $10 ($1 of that goes to the American Red Cross).

When and Where: Saturday, June 8th, 11a.m. – 5p.m. Kendall Square, Cambridge

Taste of Cambridge: Now in its 11th year, this annual event features over 100 local restaurants and is a good way to sample different cuisines. Tickets are a bit on the pricey side for a food festival with a general admission ticket going for $50 in advance ($60 at the door) but the proceeds go to support different charities.

When and Where: Thursday, June 13th, 5:30p.m. – 9:30p.m. University Park Common and Sidney Street

Cultural Survival Bazaar: This is also more of an arts and culture festival than a food festival, but worth checking out all the same. There will be free music performances, presentations, educational displays, ethnic cuisine, craft-making demonstrations, and Native American storytelling. Arts, crafts, jewelry, and décor will be available for sale. All proceeds support Native American artisans, Cultural Survival’s non-profit work, and fair trade.

When and Where: Saturday, June 15th 10a.m. – 6p.m. Copley Square at Trinity Church

Boston JerkFest: This festival celebrates Caribbean/Jamaican food. The event will feature top local Caribbean chefs and have lots of authentic Caribbean foods and drinks available for sale. Live music will also be provided. Tickets are $6 for children and $15 for adults and grant access to one of two sessions. Although, those over 21 willing to spend $35 get the festival plus an All Access Pass for the Rum & Brew Tasting which has live music, unlimited tastings of rum, local craft beers, and other Caribbean themed drinks.

When and Where: Saturday, June 29th, 11a.m. – 3p.m and 4p.m. to 8p.m. Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, 41 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA

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