Upcoming Events in Boston

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June

2

Thru Jun 3

BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

Celebrate and sample hundreds of small-batch producers of beers, ciders, meads, kombuchas and sakes. Presented by BeerAdvocate (BA).

Three sessions available:

Session 1 – Friday, June 2: 6 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
Session 2 – Saturday, June 3: 12 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Session 3 – Saturday, June 3: 6 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

  • Varies
  • Seaport World Trade Center
  • 200 Seaport Blvd.
    Boston, MA 02210
June

3

Cold Coffee Libations with George Howell Coffee

Perk up and cool down. Learn to pair seasonal ingredient from Boston Public Market with George Howell coffees for flavor packed beverages that will help you beat the heat. Seminar includes drink demonstration, instruction and pairing discussion. Presenters: Jennifer Howell & Rachel Apple. Tickets: $12 – $20.

  • 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • The KITCHEN at The Boston Public Market
  • 100 Hanover St.
    Boston, MA 02108
June

4

Celebrate One Year of Bar Mezzana!

A celebratory summer soirée. The VIP Event (12 p.m.-2 p.m.) invites bites from Eventide, haley.henry, Myers+Chang, Cafe Sushi and an Island Creek Oysters raw bar. Guest bartender from Maine’s Hunt & Alpine Club will be behind the bar. The Main Event (2 p.m.-6 p.m.) continues the party outdoors with Italian Sausages, handmade fries, a Mozzarella Bar, homemade ice cream, Aperol Spritzes and seasonal blender drinks. Super-sized board games and a soul-spinning DJ round out this patio party. Tickets $125 (VIP, five drink tickets and food), $85 (Main Event, three drink tickets and food).

  • 12:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
  • Bar Mezzana
  • 360 Harrison Ave.
    Boston, MA 02118
June

5

Unforgettable, Cooking from Paula Wolfert's Memoir

Tastes of Turkey through Paula Wolfert and Ana Sortun. To celebrate the release of her mentor’s biography, Chef Ana demonstrates recipes from Paula’s Unforgettable: The Bold Flavors of Paula Wolfort’s Renegade Life by Emily Kaiser. Tickets include one book signed by Paula and Emily. Tickets $140.

  • 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
  • Sofra Bakery & Cafe
  • 1 Belmont St.
    Cambridge, MA 02138
June

5

Patio Crawfish Boil with Harpoon, Deacon Giles Rum & The Smoke Shop BBQ

Celebrate patio season with a classic crawfish boil at The Smoke Shop. The menu includes crawfish, corn, potatoes, cornbread, and other southern style appetizers. Bartenders will be whipping up a special Hurricane cocktail as well. Tickets: $38.10 (includes crawfish boil, passed appetizers, and one cocktail).

  • 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
  • The Smoke Shop
  • 1 Kendall Sq.
    Cambridge, MA 02139
June

6

Spain Wine Dinner

An evening of authentic Spanish food paired with the region’s finest wines. (More info to come!)

  • TBD
  • Yvonne's
  • 2 Winter Pl.
    Boston, MA 02108
June

6

Boston's Taste of the Nation

Top chefs, celebrated dishes and the best local drinks. Set on the water, over 60 of Boston’s award winning and brightest serve up their finest dishes to be paired with beer, wine and spirits. Tickets $95 (General Admission); $150 (VIP/Early Entry).

  • 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
  • Cruiseport Boston
  • 1 Black Falcon Ave.
    Boston, MA 02210
June

8

Milk Street Sessions: Barbara Lynch

A conversation and a cooking lesson between friends. Barbara Lynch shares stories of her life and the secrets to her lasagne Bolognese with Christopher Kimball. Dinner and book signing to follow. Tickets start at $75.

  • 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
  • Milk Street Cooking School
  • 177 Milk St.
    Boston, MA 02109
June

9

Thru Jun 10

6th Annual Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest

In New England, of New England. Sample hyper-local beers, ciders, mead, and artisinal drinks made in New England using ingredients from New England. Small and special batches, unlimted tastings, local food samples, demos, lectures and more! Tickets $48, Special 2 for $89.

Three tasting sessions:
Session 1 – Friday, June 9: 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. – featuring cask-conditioned beers from selective brewers
Session 2 – Saturday, June 10: 3 p.m-6 p.m.
Session 3 – Saturday, June 10: 7 p.m.-10 p.m.

  • Varies
  • The Center for Arts at the Armory
  • 191 Highland Ave.
    Somerville, MA 02143
June

13

Milk Street Travels: Thailand

Travel stories and Tasty Thai dishes. Milk Street shares marinades, dipping sauces and bold recipes straight from Thailand in this hands on cooking class. Tickets $125.

  • 6 p.m.-9 p.m.
  • Milk Street Cooking School
  • 177 Milk St.
    Boston, MA 02109
June

15

Boston Chefs in Behind-The-Scenes Tell All!

A tell all with top Boston chefs. Moderator Sheryl Julian and Milk Street founder Chris Kimball discuss the real world of restaurants with Joanne Chang (Flour), Tony Maws (Craigie on Main), and Susan Regis (Shepard). Wine, beer and Milk Street snacks included. Tickets $50.

  • 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
  • Milk Street Cooking School
  • 177 Milk St.
    Boston, MA 02109
June

21

White & Bright Summer Solstice Party

Cheers to long days and bright beverages. Toast the start of summer with champagne, cocktails and hors d’ouevres to complement. Tickets include cocktails, hors d’ouevres, taxes and gratuity. Tickets $75.

  • Fairmont Copley Plaza
  • 138 Saint James Ave.
    Boston, MA 02116
June

22

Farmer and Chef for a Day - North Tabor Farm

Tour, tasting, heritage and history. The ultimate farm-to-table experience through the fields of North Tabor Farm. A hands-on immersion in farm operations from tending animals to “forest farming.” Followed by an education in preparing freshly harvested, seasonal goods – right on the farm. Price includes: farm tour and tastings, three-course lunch, beverages. Approximate Time: 3.5 hours. Tickets $165.

  • 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • North Tabor Farm (Martha's Vineyard)
  • 4 N. Tabor Farm Rd.
    Chilmark, MA 02535
June

23

Boston JerkFest Rum & Brew Tasting

Live music and free flowing spirits. A two day indoor/outdoor festival spotlighting the unlimited tastes of rum, craft beer, wine, mead, hard cider and Caribbean themed drinks. Spicy jerk bites sold during the festival. Live music, DJ, cocktail demos, and the Boston JerkFest Cocktail Throwdown competition are also in the mix. Tickets start at $50.

The Rum & Brew Tasting
Friday: 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

Boston JerkFest Food Festival
Saturday: 11.am.-3 p.m.
Saturday: 4 p.m.-8 p.m.

 

  • Varies
  • Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology
  • 41 Berkeley St.
    Boston, MA 02116
June

23

20th Annual Chefs in Shorts

A long list of chefs and blazing hot grills. Top local chefs create and share their barbecue best under the summer sun. Entry includes food tastings, beer, wine and the chance to vote for your favorite dish. Tickets $90

  • 7 p.m.-10 p.m.
  • Seaport Boston Hotel & World Trade Center
  • 200 Seaport Blvd.
    Boston, MA 02210
June

24

5th Annual 90+ Cellars Rosé Cruise

All aboard for a party in pink. An afternoon of cruising, food, and plenty of rosé. Dress code: all pink everything. Ticket includes cruise, food, water and rosé. Arrive no later than 2:45pm. Tickets $65.

  • 3 p.m.-6 p.m.
  • Boston Harbor
  • Boston Harbor, Rowes Wharf
    Boston, MA 02110
June

24

Mixology Class with Saxtons River Distillery

Local spirits and craft cocktails. A step-by-step mixology class featuring Saxton River Distillery liquor and Boston Public Market ingredients. History, techniques, demonstrations, and samples. Additional tastes provided from Somerville Bread Co. and Massachusetts cheeses from Appleton Farms. Tickets: $24 – $30.

  • 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
  • The KITCHEN at the Boston Public Market
  • 100 Hanover St.
    Boston, MA 02108
June

29

Farmer and Chef for a Day - Morning Glory Farm

Summer, farm fresh strawberries and a seasonal lunch. A farmer-led tour of Morning Glory Farm followed lunch demo and preparation from the farmstand chef. Tour and three-course lunch included. Tickets $165.

  • 10 a.m.
  • Morning Glory Farm (Martha's Vineyard)
  • 120 Meshacket Rd.
    Edgartown, MA 02539
July

8

Thru Jul 9

Boston Pizza Festival

1st Annual Boston Pizza Festival. 2 days of music, family fun and pizza, pizza, pizza! 30 of Boston’s Best and World Renowned Pizzerias all making pizza and competing for a chance to be “Boston Pizza Festival Pizza Champion”. Tickets TBA.

  • 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Boston City Hall Plaza
  • 1 City Hall Sq.
    Boston, MA 02201
July

11

The 15th Annual TASTE OF CAMBRIDGE!

Taste the best Cambridge has to offer. A celebratory evening of food, drinks, games, live music and dancing. Tickets start at $40.

  • 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
  • Charles Park at Royal Sonesta Hotel
  • 50 Memorial Dr.
    Cambridge, MA 02139
July

13

En Plein Air Painting Adventure on Island Farms

An organic farm, artisanal cheese, a sense of place and a painting workshop. Walk the grounds of Gray Barn and Farm, learn about their animals, organic farming and enjoy an in depth tasting and pairing of their four artisan cheeses. Then join artists Traeger di Pietro and Kenneth Vincent for a painting workshop focused on capturing the natural magic of nature landscapes. All materials are provided. Tickets $165.

  • 3 p.m.-6 p.m.
  • The Grey Barn and Farm (Martha's Vineyard)
  • 22 South Rd.
    Chilmark, MA 02535
July

14

Thru Jul 15

Boston Beer and BBQ Fest

Craft beers and ciders meet local BBQ for the ultimate summer pairing. Unlimited 2oz beer & cider samples and samples from each of the BBQ joints. Tickets $55.

Three sessions:
Session 1 – Friday, July 14: 6 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
Session 2 – Saturday, July 15: 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Session 3 – Saturday, July 15: 6 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

  • Varies
  • Cyclorama at Boston Center for the Arts
  • 539 Tremont St.
    Boston, MA 02116
July

15

WGBH Craft Beer Fest

Local eats, brews and bands. Sample some of the best regional beers and food while live bands perform on stage. Must be 21+ to attend. Tickets $40 Members; $50 Non-Members.

  • 7 p.m.-10 p.m.
  • WGBH
  • One Guest St.
    Boston, MA 02135
July

15

BBQ Classes with Andy Husbands: Ribs and Rubs

The ins and outs of barbecuing with Chef Andy Husbands. Demonstration class will focus on St. Louis Ribs, Baby Back Ribs, and the Big Beef Rib along with a paired cocktail. Q&A and book signing with Andy followed by a buffet lunch. Tickets $107.

  • 2 p.m.-4 p.m.
  • The Smoke Shop
  • 1 Kendall Sq.
    Cambridge, MA 02139
July

22

Mixology Class with Saxtons River Distillery

Local spirits and craft cocktails. A step-by-step mixology class featuring Saxton River Distillery liquor and Boston Public Market ingredients. History, techniques, demonstrations, and samples. Additional tastes provided from Somerville Bread Co. and Massachusetts cheeses from Appleton Farms. Tickets: $24 – $30.

  • 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
  • The KITCHEN at the Boston Public Market
  • 100 Hanover St.
    Boston, MA 02108
July

22

Tapas de España

A demo and a taste of Spain. Chef Robert Petzold demonstrates a traditional Spanish montaditos, three ways, and samples two tapas classics: gambas al ajillo and tortilla. Tickets $100.

  • 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
  • Flour Bakery Breadquarters
  • 9 Travis St.
    Boston, MA 02134
July

23

Cocktail Class Series: Rum's the Word

An intimate bar and lessons in cocktail culture. A monthly series hosted in a six seat bar introduces topics including home bar setup and history of spirits. This event highlights three rum cocktails and bites from the Menton kitchen. Tickets $95.

  • 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
  • Menton: Gold Bar
  • 354 Congress St.
    Boston, MA 02210
August

7

Cocktail Dinner Series: Tahitian Tiki Tradition

A monthly cocktail celebration pairing spirits with their edible counterparts. Three cocktails and three courses matchup tropical tiki flavors and florals with octopus Ota ‘ika, grilled chicken kabobs, tamarin glazed roasted pork (menu subject to change). Tickets $110.

  • 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
  • Menton: Gold Bar
  • 354 Congress St.
    Boston, MA 02210
August

19

Brioche + Sticky Buns

The basics of Flour brioche. Hands-on class teaches principles behind the buttery dough and how to transform it into gooey sticky buns. After the class concludes, you’ll walk away with the knowledge of how to make and work with brioche, as well as all of your very own dough and sticky buns. Tickets $150

  • 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
  • Flour Bakery Breadquarters
  • 9 Travis St.
    Boston, MA 02134
August

20

Cocktail Class: How Cocktails and Booze Fueled the History of Boston

Explore the history of Boston through the boozy beverages consumed by those that shaped the city as we know it. Cocktail classes include tasting portions of 5-7 cocktails as well as light bar snacks.

  • 2 p.m.-4 p.m.
  • No. 9 Park
  • 9 Park St.
    Boston, MA 02108
August

30

Outstanding in the Field: Chatham Bars Farm

An education and a dinner, as close to the origin of your food as possible. Chatham Bars Farm is an eight-acre vegetable farm set right on Cape Cod. Enjoy dinner near the sea, hosted by Joshua Schiff of the farm and made fresh by Guest Chef Anthony Cole from Chatham Bars Inn. Tickets $225

  • 3 p.m.
  • Chatham Bar Farms (Cape Cod)
  • 297 Shore Rd.
    Chatham, MA 02633
September

3

Outstanding in the Field: Powisset Farm

An education and a dinner, as close to the origin of your food as possible. A field kitchen and dining experience set on a 108-acre farm. Chef Josh Lewin of Juliet in Somerville, MA serves up the freshly plucked Powisset Farms offerings shared by Host Farmer Nicole Nacamuli. Tickets $235.

  • 3 p.m.
  • Powisset Farm
  • 37 Powisset St.
    Dover, MA 02030
September

7

Taste of the Fenway

Taste your way through the food and drinks of the Fenway. This outdoor festival goes on rain or shine. Includes tastings, live music, local art. General admission tickets $50.

  • 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
  • Van Ness St. (From Kilmarnock St. to Richard B. Ross Way)
    Boston, MA 02199
September

8

Outstanding in the Field: Island Creek Oysters

An education and a dinner, as close to the origin of your food as possible. Dinner is set in a sandpit amongst the free-flowing tides at Island Creek Oysters. Host farmers CJ Husk and Skip Bennett share their life’s work while Guest Chef Tiffani Faison from Tiger Mama/Sweet Cheeks in Boston, MA prepares your fresher than fresh meal. Tickets $265.

  • 3 p.m.
  • Island Creek Oysters
  • 296 Parks St.
    Duxbury, MA 02332
September

9

Outstanding in the Field: Island Creek Oysters

An education and a dinner, as close to the origin of your food as possible. At Island Creek Oysters the kitchen and dinner table are set in the water. Only after a tour of the farm from CJ Husk and Skip Bennett, will the shifting of the tides reveal the dry ground and the freshest fare from Guest Chef Michael Scelfo, Alden & Harlow, Cambridge, MA. Tickets $265.

  • 3 p.m.
  • Island Creek Oysters
  • 296 Parks St.
    Duxbury, MA 02332
September

11

Outstanding in the Field: Allendale Farm

An education and a dinner, as close to the origin of your food as possible. A meeting of friends – a 5th year matchup of Host Farmer John Lee and Guest Chef Tony Maws – sets the tone for this dinner on the farm, in a field. Tickets $245.

  • 3 p.m.
  • Allandale Farm
  • 259 Allandale Rd.
    Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
October

14

Thru Oct 15

Wellfleet OysterFest

Annual celebration of oysters, clams, art, music, brews and the shellfishing community. Two-day family festival held in Wellfleet on Cape Cod with tours, tasting, storytelling, cooking demonstrations, nature walks, oyster grant tours and much more. Tickets $10 per day for entry.

  • 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Main Street
  • Wellfleet, MA (Cape Cod)
November

4

Massachusetts Cheese Guild Festival

5th Annual Massachusetts Cheese Festival! Award-winning artisan cheesemaker share and sample their products. Beer, wine and cider served. Workshops and demonstrations through the day from local chefs and cheesemakers. Tickets on sale April 2017.

  • TBA
  • Arts at the Armory
  • 191 Highland Ave.
    Somerville, MA 02143