There is still plenty of summer left to enjoy! If you’re looking for some dun ideas in and around Boston, you’ve come to the right spot! I’ve pulled together a list of food and wine events in and around Boston that are Gluten Free friendly and super fun!
3rd Annual Boston Seafood Festival, Sunday July 27, Boston Fish Pier
Join the Boston Fisheries Foundation on Sunday, July 27 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the historic Boston Fish Pier to commemorate its 100th Anniversary. Watch cooking demos, see top oyster shuckers and fish cutters compete in Battle of the Shuckers and the Fish Cutting Contest, try food from many local restaurants and food trucks — some offering free samples — and take part in kids’ activities like face painting, and so much more. Remember — kids ages 12 and younger receive free admission, so you can bring the whole family. Tickets: $20 $12 for two general admission tickers or $35 $20 for one VIP ticket.
Great Boston Wine Festival, Sunday July 27, Marshfield Fairgrounds
The Massachusetts Farm Wineries & Growers Association invites you to savor the flavors of the Bay State at the Greater Boston Wine Festival. With this deal, receive one adult admission plus parking. Once you arrive at the festival, you may purchase a band that allows you to sample all the wines for $5 and includes a wine tote, custom logo glass, and event program.
Held on Sunday, July 27 at the Marshfield Fairgrounds, this vino expo offers a choice of two sessions (11 a.m. or 4 p.m.) and allows visitors to tastes samples of more than 50 wines from dozens of local vineyards. Tickets $45 $30.
Downeast Cider House Tour, Saturdays 1-7pm, Charlestown, MA
Stop by the Downeast Cidery any Saturday from 1-7pm to sample from their taps. Guided tours are at 1,3, and 5pm. Tour Price $14 $7 for with souvenir glasses for two people; $28 $14 for tour with souvenir glasses for four people.
Red, White, & Brew Summerfest, August 2, Boston Center for The Arts
At the interactive Red, White & Brew Summerfest, professionals in their 20s, 30s, and 40s sample a smorgasbord of beers and wines representing regions across the United States. A silent auction benefits Project Smile and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Ellie Fund. Three sessions: 12-2:30; 3:30-6; 7-10pm. Tickets $59 $35 until July 26th.
Moonlight Meadery Mead Tour and Tasting, Londonderry, NH
With its three basic ingredients—honey, water, and yeast—the making of mead sounds misleadingly simple. Studying mead in its natural habitat is much more enjoyable than exploring the dank, melancholy caverns of root beer’s namesake. Tours take place every half hour. Allow 45 minutes for the complete tour and tasting. Prices range from $5 and up depending on your tour package type.
Boston Local Food Festival, September 14, the Greenway, Boston
For one spectacular day each year, SBN transforms the Rose Kennedy Greenway and the City of Boston into the nation’s largest local & sustainable food hub! Boston Local Food Festival is a free outdoor festival that showcases farmers, local restaurants, food trucks, specialty food producers, fisher folks, and organizations focusing on healthy food and fitness from New England. The festival also features lively chef & DIY demos, a seafood throwdown competition, diverse music and performances, family fun zone and more.
Learn about the benefits of sustainably grown and produced food, shop the market, eat delicious local food, participate in fun, educational activities and exhibits, engage with top local chefs and enjoy local music. Themed “Healthy Local Food for All”, the festival connects Massachusetts and New England eaters of all backgrounds with the abundance of fresh, nutritious local food choices available close to home.
Wine or Culinary Education Workshop, Gordon’s Fine Wines & Liquors, Waltham
Wine classes host guest sommeliers who expound on a particular wine region such as France’s Loire Valley or Provence, or how to discern flavors in local varietals. Students can also take part in beer and spirits classes such as the Scotch Series, a themed discourse on production regions from the Lowlands to Speyside, or learn about bourbon-based cocktails in a bourbon-centric class. In culinary classes, on the other hand, students learn skills such as how to make fresh mozzarella, cook a romantic dinner for two, or craft apple-based dishes paired with autumn beers and wines. Tickets $45 $15 for one; $90 $25 for two; $180 $40 for four.
Chocolate, Brews (and wine) & Views Trolley Tour, from Boston Super Tours
Tours depart Thursdays at 6 p.m. from the CambridgeSide Galleria through October 30. An Upper Deck Trolley will shuttle passengers to three locations for an evening of food and drink tastings. If you arrive early, take advantage of discounted parking and shopping coupons. Enjoy and learn about fabulous wine, beer and chocolate while being entertained along the way. Partners include Taza Chocolate Factory, Ball Square Fine Wines, Night Shift Brewing, and Zephy on the Charles. Tickets $78 $58.
Gluten & Allergen Free Expo, October 25-26, Springfield MA
Whether you are looking for specialty products that taste great or trying to learn how to cook and bake to meet your dietary needs, the Gluten & Allergen Free Expo is the place to be! The GFAF Expos are the largest and fastest growing special diet consumer events in the US. Started in 2007, the events are professionally managed and have expanded from one to seven cities throughout the United States. In addition to meeting the needs of the Celiac community, the Expo welcomes those with gluten sensitivities, auto-immune/inflammatory diseases and autism. Over 150 vendors, samples, coupons, informative classes, and more! Tickets: $15 online, $20 at the door.