After I posted my round up of fabulous foodie events on Patch, a whole new crop of tempting events appeared in my email box that I just had to share!
Dreaming of starting a food truck or hawking your Aunt Sadie’s peanut butter cookies? Then you’d better attend Slow Money Boston’s workshop, Business Planning 101, on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 6-8pm, to learn how to seek financing for your business. Slow Money Boston is working to create a sustainable food system by helping to connect entrepreneurs and investors. And if you’re an entrepreneur or potential investor (or just curious, like me), be sure to check out the Boston Slow Money Entrepreneur Showcase on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 6-9pm.
October is National Farm to School Month. Find out why school gardens are cool at the CitySprouts Festival on Sunday, Oct. 14 from noon to 3pm at the Kennedy Longfellow School in East Cambridge. The Festival features cider pressing, pumpkin decorating, games, crafts and the CitySprouts Second Annual Iron Chef Dip-Off. The festival is free, but buy a $2 taco from Chipotle and the proceeds will benefit City Sprouts.
Chive Sustainable Event Design and Catering, which supports local, sustainable farmers and food producers, is holding one of their “Sunday Suppers” on Sunday, Oct. 14 at Valley View Farm in Topsfield, Mass. This farm dinner is titled “Back to the Rind,” because Valley View is a dairy and cheese producer. The event starts at 2pm with brews and farm tours; dinners is at 3pm. Tickets are $100; proceeds support local farms and organizations.
The JP Neighborhood Development Corporation holds their Octoberfest ¡Fiesta! on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 6-9pm, at the Brewery Complex that they developed. Enjoy food from JP eateries, including Alex's Chimis, Bella Luna, Blue Nile, Centre Street Cafe and The Haven with, of course, Sam Adams beer. Music from Los Three. Tickets are $75 and benefit the JPNDC.
Valley Malt, a Pioneer Valley enterprise that provides craft and home brewers with artisanal malt from locally grown grains, is one of the local companies that makes the Happy Valley so jolly. The Valley Malt Harvestfest in Hadley, Mass. on Sunday, Oct. 21 from 1-6pm will make you jolly, too. This free event features live music, home brew demos, malt house tours, woodfired pizzas and fun stuff for kids. Some of the farmers that supply Valley Malt with barley, wheat, and rye for Valley Malt will drive their antique tractors for an antique tractor show.
Fresh local produce, eggs, meat and more in the winter? Yes! Come learn about the new Egleston Farmers Market, opening November 10 at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Center, just steps from the Brewery complex. Come meet the market coordinator, local farmers, and learn about the great benefits of fresh, local food in the wintertime. A free event at the JP Forum on Thursday, Oct. 25 at 7pm at the First Church UU.
And if you still have any energy by the end of this month, Harvest Fest, a fundraiser for Somerville Local First, sounds like a fun way to do some tasting and drinking while enjoying music and art and supporting the local economy. It’s Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Arts @The Armory. Two sessions, 1-5pm ($30) and 6-10pm ($40).