Please find a small sampling of Boston 2012 Events to enjoy. If you have food related events you would like us to post, please tweet, facebook, email us.

Chinese New Year in Chinatown: January 29th.

This year in Chinese Astrology is the ‘Year of the Dragon.’ To celebrate, head over to Chinatown early to see kung fu dancers perform the ‘Lion Dance’ all through the streets. Then eat dim sum, ‘little plates.’ Favorite spots to find steamed bao with sweet or savory filings are:

  • China Pearl, 9 Tyler Street
  • Chau Chow, 83 Essex Street
  • Great Taste Bakery, 61 Beach Street
  • Windsor Dim Sum Café, 10 Tyler Street

St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Southie: Sunday, March 18th.

The second largest parade in the country rocks the streets of Boston’s most Irish neighborhood. Parade starts at 1:00 pm and travels through South Boston with floats, music, marching bands and pipe bands. Afterwards, the Chief Marshal’s Banquet is being held at Saint Monica’s Church Hall and for $25 a ticket you get a heaping plate of corned beef and cabbage. Or visit one of these Irish eateries:

Boston Bakes For Breast Cancer: May 7-13th.

Desserts are the real hero of our week long eating extravaganza! Just visit one of our participating sponsor restaurants, order the featured dessert and enjoy knowing that a percentage of your purchase will go directly to breast cancer research and care.

Scooper Bowl: June 5 -June 7 th, City Hall Plaza

Celebrating its 30th year in 2012, the Scooper Bowl® presented by FedEx is an annual three-day event that dishes out 10 tons of the summer’s finest to nearly 50,000 ice cream lovers from across the nation. Made possible by the generous contributions of nine of the industry’s largest ice cream companies, the Scooper Bowl has raised more than $3 million in the past 29 years for cancer care and research at the world-renowned Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Cambridge River Festival: June 2012

33nd Annual Celebration of the arts, attracting 200,000 annually. This FREE event along the banks of the Charles River features jazz, folk, Latin and world music performances, dance, art demonstrations, family art-making activities and over 100 specialty food purveyors and craftspeople!

Chowderfest: July 2012, City Hall Plaza

Bowls and bowls of the delicious stuff! The event kicks off at Fanueil Hall and then for the rest of the week is camped out at City Hall Plaza.  The fun and activities culminate with a chowder fest throw down where selected restaurants battle it out for the title of best bowl in Boston.

GreenFestival: August 16-18, City Hall Plaza

As the region’s largest multicultural environmental festival, Boston GreenFest celebrates the many ways we can create a better world by greening our lives and our communities. J.P. Licks will be there with a new flavor, Boston GreenFest!

St. Anthony’s Feast in the North End:  August 24-26, North End

Each year the people of the North End invite you to celebrate with them as they honor their patrons Saint Anthony and Saint Lucy with colorful parades, religious services, strolling singers, live entertainment and of course an abundance of great Italian and American food.

Berklee Bean Town Outdoor Jazz Festival. September 29.

Berklee College of Music annual event has three stages of musical talent. The outdoor festival attracts people of all ages, races, ethnicities, and incomes who come out in force—80,000 strong to enjoy free world-class music, great eats, arts, crafts, and the incredible Target family park. The park is complete with rides, face painting, inflatables, and the popular instrument petting zoo.

Whatever your motivation for visiting Boston, the city is a remarkable piece of living history, filled with incredible landmarks. And incredible food as well.