Spring brings signature events, kids’ activities, Food Hub Forum, and art for all ages
BOSTON, March 31—April is here, and the Boston Public Market is showering you with events, celebrations, and opportunities to engage with some of the best and brightest in the Boston food scene!
On April 3 we’re raising a glass (and fork) to female chefs in the restaurant industry. Join us for Farm to Fork to Film, an evening of signature dishes, specialty cocktails, Q&A panel with local chefs, and a sneak preview of Aliana Productions’ documentary A Fine Line.
Easter and Passover are perfect opportunities to make local food part of your holiday table. Stock up on knishes, smoked fish, potatoes, and matzah ball soup (and don’t forget the wine for Seder), or take advantage of Easter specials like ham, pastries, and hand-piped peeps!
The Big Race is coming up, and nothing compares to nutrition-packed nourishment grown by your local farmers to fuel you through the finish line. While you’re carbo-loading on freshly made bagels and pasta at the Boston Public Market, show your Boston Athletic Association Runners’ Passport to receive discounts at participating vendors.
April School Vacation Week (4/17-4/22) is around the corner, and we have a full schedule of hands-on activities for all the young eaters and future chefs out there. Kids are invited to identify local fish species with Red’s Best, make chocolate “dirt” pudding with Taza Chocolate, learn all about eggs and cook a Chestnut Farms omelet, and so much more! There’s even a rumor that a furry farm friend may be paying us a visit…
Engage with us at our first annual Food Hub Forum (4/25), a full day exploring Boston’s role as a hub in our regional food system. Discuss the evolution of the local food movement with chefs and thought leaders, examine the challenges of urban production with innovators and entrepreneurs, and network with developers, local officials, community partners, and like-minded individuals.
We then invite you to get your creative juices flowing during ArtWeek Boston (4/28-5/7). Add your voice to The Key Idea exhibit in the Market, experience a guest performance by the Boston Lyrical Opera, and enjoy live music and paintings by local artists.
Find details below about April happenings and visit bostonpublicmarket.org/happenings for more information. Check out the Market’s 40 vendors, and explore their locally sourced and seasonal produce, meats, dairy, seafood, bread, prepared and specialty items, and more.
Visit the KITCHEN at the Boston Public market, programmed by The Trustees, for an exciting lineup of culinary, health, and wellness programs this month. The Trustees offers daily events and programs at the 3,300 square foot, state-of- the art demonstration KITCHEN space. Programs are designed to connect Boston residents, commuters, and visitors to local food and healthy, active living. Visit thetrustees.org/KITCHEN for a full schedule.
APRIL POP-UP VENDORS:
- The Popover Lady (all month): Popovers made in small batches using fresh natural ingredients. Taste the changing selection, both sweet and savory as well as classic original (and minis!).
- Alex’s Ugly Sauce (all month): Small-batch artisanal hot sauce made with Stillman’s Farm peppers.
- Top Shelf Cookies (4/1-4/15): Handcrafted artisan-style cookies ranging from classics like chocolate chip to varieties of beer-infused cookies all made in Dorchester, MA.
- Just Add Cooking (4/3-4/9): Meal kits consisting of fresh, pre-measured ingredients sourced right here in New England, each one carefully packed and delivered right to your home.
- Baking with Joy (4/17-4/23): Tea breads, cakes, cupcakes, cookies, muffins, bars and granola baked in Rockland, MA.
- Cauldron Fermented Foods (4/24-4/30): Boston’s first fermented food producers, making sauerkraut, pickles and other fermented foods in Malden, MA.
SATURDAY, APRIL 1:
- Coffee, The Long Road to Quality with George Howell (10am-1pm in the KITCHEN): This interactive seminar will give consumers an understanding of what actually goes into creating quality coffee, from farm to cup.
- Éclairs & Gougères: A Night of French Pastry (5-7:30pm in the KITCHEN): Master the knack of making sweet and savory French pastries using chocolate from Taza Chocolate and cream and cheese from Appleton Farms.
SUNDAY, APRIL 2:
- $1 Buck Shuck at Red’s Best (11am-7pm): 1st Sunday of the month is beloved $1 buck shuck! Oh glorious shellfish.
- Massachusetts Grand Wine Tasting (12-1:30pm or 1:30-3pm in the KITCHEN): Meet the makers and samples wines from 14+ Massachusetts wineries. Taste the bounty and flavors of MA grapes!
MONDAY, APRIL 3:
- Farm to Fork to Film (6:30-9:30pm): Aliana Productions invites you to an evening celebrating female chefs in the restaurant industry. Watch a sneak preview of A Fine Line, then meet local female chefs including Barbara Lynch, Jody Adams, Tiffani Faison, and Valerie James. Enjoy signature dishes from Boston’s best restaurants, complimentary wine, beer and specialty cocktails, plus live jazz to accentuate the film’s score.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5:
- $5 on the 5th at Stow Greenhouses: Treat yourself to a petit bouquet for just $5. A little something to perk up your desk or counter. Get them while they last!
- Lunchtime Knitting Circle with New England Farm to Fiber (every Wednesday; 12:30-1:30pm in the KITCHEN; FREE): Join us for a weekly knitting group! We will meet for an hour of knitting, company, and lunch. BYO knitting! No registration needed – just drop in.
- Wine Down Wednesday at Mass Wine Shop (every Wednesday; 4-7pm): Every Wednesday Massachusetts winemakers come to the shop to share samples of their wines, plus all featured wines are 10% off. Come sip with us!
THURSDAY, APRIL 6:
- Sip & Shop (every Thursday and Friday; 5–7:30pm): Enjoy a beverage while you shop or dine throughout the Market! Visit our BPM bar in the Market Hub for wine from Massachusetts Wine Shop and local beer.
TUESDAY, APRIL 11:
- Seasonal Floral Workshop with Stow Greenhouses (5:30-7pm in the KITCHEN): Barb Rietscha, owner of Stow Greenhouses, will teach you the basic techniques of floral design, color composition, and care instructions. While you design your arrangement, you will be treated to a wine tasting by Massachusetts Wine Shop and cheese samples from Appleton Farms.
THURSDAY, APRIL 13:
- Signature Chef Series: Carl Dooley Celebrates the Boston Public Market (6-9pm in the KITCHEN): Enjoy multiple courses and wine pairings and delight in learning from one of Boston’s innovative culinary leaders.
FRIDAY, APRIL 14:
- Cooking on a Budget: SNAP-ED Nutrition Workshop (10:30-11:30am in the KITCHEN; FREE): Try new and tasty recipes and learn to eat healthy while sticking to a budget at this FREE workshop presented by UMass Extension Nutrition Education Program. No registration needed.
SATURDAY, APRIL 15:
- Easter Egg Truffle Making Workshop with Taza Chocolate (2-3pm in the KITCHEN): Celebrate Easter with Taza and the KITCHEN! Make decadent dark chocolate truffles by hand, and take home a dozen egg truffles to enjoy. This is a family-friendly class – children 5+ are welcome with a parent.
APRIL SCHOOL VACATION WEEK | APRIL 17-22:
- Kids in the KITCHEN (4/17-4/19 9:30-10:30am or 11am-12pm; 4/22 9:30-10:30am): Join us for hands-on cooking classes to learn about local food and its journey from farm to table. Ages 6-12.
- Taza Earth Day Chocolate Dirt Pudding (1-2pm or 2:30-3:30pm in the KITCHEN): What better way to celebrate Earth Day than playing with dirt? Join Taza Chocolate for an Earth Day activity decorating a Taza Chocolate Pudding – a fun and yummy way to celebrate the start of the spring growing season.
- Family-Friendly Bread Making 101 (5:30-7pm in the KITCHEN): Learn just how easy and satisfying it is to make bread in your own home. Mix, knead, and shape your own loaf to bake at home. Kids age 5+ are welcome to attend with an adult.
SATURDAY, APRIL 22:
- Hopsters Grand Craft Beer Tasting (12-1:30pm or 1:30-3pm in the KITCHEN): Join Hopsters Alley and 10+ local breweries (plus other Boston Public Market vendor for cheese and snacks) for a brew fest celebrating the local beer companies that have revolutionized the industry and restored brewing as a neighborhood business.
- Sea-to-KITCHEN: Seafood Feast with Red’s Best (5-8pm in the KITCHEN): We’re teaming up with Red’s Best and Chef Michael Rottman to provide a four-course cooking class highlighting sustainable seafood sourced right here in New England.
TUESDAY, APRIL 25:
- Food Hub Forum (8:30am-7pm): Explore the role of Boston as a food hub in our regional food system and the innovation and entrepreneurship of our growing food businesses, food producers, and urban farmers. 9am-5pm conference, 5:30-7pm reception.
FRIDAY, APRIL 28:
- On the Edge Knife Sharpening (10:30am-4:30pm): Bring your knives to the Market to have them expertly sharpened by Patti. $10 for a small knife, $15 for a large knife.
ARTWEEK BOSTON | APRIL 28 – MAY 7:
- The Key Idea, an Interactive Exhibit for All Ages (4/28-5/7; FREE): You’re invited to add your voice to this exhibit at the Boston Public Market during ArtWeek Boston. Come by, choose a key, create your own KeyStory, and be inspired by the stories of people of all ages.
- Boston Lyrical Opera Kids’ Storytelling Workshop (1:30-2:30pm; FREE): Children and families can join in the fun as Boston Lyrical Opera shares songs and stories, lead theatrical games, and demonstrate the importance of listening.