Boston Public Market to Host Weekly Outdoor “Local Libations”

After a successful outdoor beer garden pop-up to celebrate the Boston Public Market’s seven-day-a-week opening last month, the city’s local food marketplace today announced that it will begin hosting “Local Libations,” a weekly outdoor beer or wine garden on the plaza outside the Market, Thursday evenings from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m, throughout the fall season. The first “Local Libations” will take place on Thursday, August 18 and feature $5/glass red, white, and rosé wines from Massachusetts Wine Shop, a Market vendor.

The weekly outdoor events will offer rotating beverage options each week, such as local draft beer from Market vendor Hopsters Alley or local wine from Massachusetts Wine Shop, along with live music. Customers can visit the Market’s 40 local vendors to find complementary food options and specials like sandwiches, cheese plates, pretzels, charcuterie, and sweets. The weekly event is weather permitting and ages 21+ only.

“We loved seeing so many neighbors at our pop-up beer garden last month, and it’s a great way to introduce new friends to the Market and our local vendors,” said Cheryl Cronin, CEO of the Boston Public Market. “We’re excited to be filling the need for an outdoor feature like this, and we plan to explore how ‘Local Libations’ can be a long-term part of Boston’s growing Market District on the Greenway.”

4th Annual Boston Fermentation Festival

Free Festival on Sunday August 28 at the Boston Public Market

Foodies and fermentation enthusiasts from around New England and the world will gather at the Boston Public Market on Sunday, August 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., for the fourth annual Boston Fermentation Festival, hosted by Boston Ferments, which connects, educates, and inspires communities through fermentation. The 2015 festival saw over 13,000 people in attendance from all over the country, and organizers expect that this year’s festival will be even larger.

This non-ticketed, free event will feature something for everyone, from the novice fermenter to the experienced aficionado. The festival will offer workshops and lectures by leading fermentation specialists including local chefs, at-home fermenters, clinicians & researchers studying the positive health effects of live fermented foods, microbiologists, cheese mongers, brewers, and more.

Visit the Boston Public Market’s 40 vendors to learn about their fermented products and explore the local beer, pickles, bread, cheese, and more!

Find more details about the festival features below. For more information, visit,, or @bostonferments on Twitter and Instagram. You can follow all the activity with #BostonFermentationFestival.

The festival’s main sponsors include Mother Dirt, Ginkgo Bioworks, Real Pickles, Real Food Fermentation, Porter Square Books, Hosta Hill, Boston Organics, Chi Kitchen Kimchi, and Ogusky Ceramics.

"Meet the Vendor" Alan Howarth, MA Wine Shop

Tell us a little about your business.

The name speaks for itself - Massachusetts Wine - and everything that we have here is made in Massachusetts. I work with 21 different winemakers spread across the state. Needless to say, they have very diverse personalities and it is reflected in the wines that they make. So it can go from very dry to very sweet and everything in between. I feel that we have something that will appeal to everyone’s palate.

What makes your business unique?

We try to do three things here. First, we try to sell as much wine as we can. Second, we really want to educate the customer about, ‘How do they do it?’ and ‘What does it taste like?’ Third, we want to encourage customers to go out and visit these wineries. These are all small, family run wineries. We are not making thousands and thousands of cases of wine like other parts of the country are; everything is crush, aged, fermented and bottled right here in Massachusetts.

What is your favorite item to sell?

I love them all and all for different reasons. Wines go perfectly with certain types of food and the wine accentuates the food and the food accentuates the wine. People will ask me, if I had one place to visit what would I recommend? I tell them to go to Westport Rivers because they are the largest vineyard and winery in New England. They have 80 acres under vine, they grow 16 different varieties, and they are just really on the cutting edge.

What is your favorite restaurant in Boston?

Neptune Oyster. It is a small bistro over on Salem Street that has the best oysters. What is unique about them is that there are dozens of different kinds of oysters to order.

Where is your favorite place to travel?

Oregon. On top of their wonderful vineyard is the Crater Lake National Park - the most breathtaking place I have ever been and if anyone ever visits the Market and says they are from Oregon, I always ask if they have been there.