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Photo by Thomas F. MorrisRejuvenate your menu this fall at this zero-waste, free festival taking place on Sunday at the Rose Kennedy Greenway. The Local Food Festival celebrates the benefits of eating food produced locally in the Boston area, as well as from sources from other areas of Massachusetts and around New England. You can explore featuring fresh produce from local farmers and sample the creations of talented chefs offering $5-or-less dishes with locally-grown ingredients. In the Fish Stock area of the event, which is dedicated to local fisher folk their New England catches, you'll find a "Seafood Showdown" in which two chefs will vie for the title with dishes created from a secret ingredient. Throughout the festival chefs and other food experts will also be offering DIY demonstrations in their various areas of expertise. Stop by the Family Fun Zone to engage with organizations offering interactive exhibits that demonstrate the benefits of growing and eating fresh local foods from land and sea. Other festival features include local beer, mead, cider and wine samplings, as well as art and festive music by local talent. You might want to skip breakfast before heading to this event! Sun., Oct. 7, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. All ages. Free, but food and other products are available for purchase. The Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston. Festival-goers are strongly urged to use public transportation as street parking is extremely limited. www.bostonlocalfoodfestival.com
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Kristi Palma, Boston.com Moms producer, is the mom of a kindergartner and a preschooler. She is a writer who enjoys cooking her grandmother's Italian recipes (when her son isn't launching paper airplanes into them). Follow her on Twitter @kristipalma.