The Boston Seafood Festival celebrates 101 years of the Boston Fish Pier Sunday, Aug. 2 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. with the 4th annual festival, honoring and promoting sustainable seafood and those who work in the industry from the fisherman who protect wild ocean stocks and bring their catch home sustainably, to the restaurants that create delicious ways to serve it to their clientele. It’s an entertaining and educational event, fun for the whole family.
Entertainers such as Rami Salami (aka Philip Bloom), king of balloon twisters add their own twist to the event. There is also Gund Kwok, the only Asian Women Lion & Dragon Dance Troupe in the United States, which was established in February of 1998 to give Asian women an opportunity to express their creativity, power and strength through performing the lion and dragon dances. The lion and dragon dances are art forms which require martial arts discipline, endurance, flexibility and creativity. The group opens the event this year. Gund Kwok, which means heroine in Chinese, symbolizes women’s power and strength. Traditionally, women’s power, strength and intelligence have been unacknowledged and hidden from public view. An old Chinese saying, “A heroine will not admit defeat to the hero” expresses women’s hidden power.
There are also the Red Trouser acrobatic duo, Snap Bogie, jugglers, living statues, bucket drummers and more street performers, along with face painting, fish prints, origami fish, Asian brush painting and games and an all day sidewalk chalk mural for the youngsters, plus a secure stroller parking area.
On the culinary side, there are chef demos by Karen Lau, Asian American Diabetes Initiative (AADI) from Joslin Diabetes Center and Dave Lentini, New England Center for Arts & Technology, Culinary Instructor and an oyster shucking contest. A highlight is the chefs competition this year includes Chef José Duarte of Taranta, Nick Calias, The Colonnade Hotel, Rich Garcia, Sodexo, Kelly Armetta, Hyatt Boston, Charles Draghi, Erbaluce and more.
The non-profit Boston Fisheries Foundation seeks to:
Support and expand sustainable fisheries, which in turn sustain the New England economy;
Educate the media and the public about the role played by fishermen in preserving our wild ocean stocks through responsible harvesting and management;
Educate the public about the benefits of sustainably harvested seafood as high-quality nutrition whose production protects the environment from deforestation, global warming, and otherwise negative impacts;
Facilitate public awareness of our history and the importance of wild harvests to the proud traditions of an independent New England; and,
Develop a Maritime Fisheries Museum to honor our heritage
Tickets are available onsite with a variety of options.