While Boston is known by many for its rich history and baseball, the city is also a popular destination for foodies. With hundreds of restaurants located throughout the city and with many festivals offering tasty treats, it seems impossible to sample all of what the city has to offer. With a couple of events taking place next month, however, you will have a better opportunity to enjoy the delectable delights that Boston is known for having.
Dine Out Boston
Also referred to as Restaurant Week Boston, Dine Out Boston allows you to sample area restaurants at special prices. Offered twice per year, the next event will take place August 16th through the 21st and August 23rd through the 28th. The event won’t occur again until March.
The restaurants participating in the event are quite varied, ranging from the latest hot spots to locally-owned bistros and national chain restaurants. The type of food offered is also quite varied, including sushi, French, Italian, Asian, Argentinean, tapas and more.
To participate in the event, you do not have to purchase coupons, tickets or passes. Rather, you simply visit the restaurant that you like and take advantage of the low prices and special menu that has been planned. As part of the Dine Out Boston event, participating restaurants design prix fix menus for lunch and dinner offering a meal from one of three different price points. Lunch prices are either $15, $20 or $25 while dinner is either $28, $33 or $38. Each individual restaurant determines which of these prices, which does not include beverages, tax or gratuities, to offer to its customers. Due to the popularity of the event, reservations are encouraged, though not required. Reservations can be made as much as three weeks ahead of time.
In addition to providing you with the opportunity to sample from some of Boston’s finest restaurants, the Dine Out Boston event also raises money for a charitable organization. This is done by auctioning off a $100 gift certificate to each of the restaurants participating in the event. A new charitable partner is selected this year.
Chinese Moon Festival
If you want to fully submerse yourself in Asian food and culture, head over to the Chinatown Gate area on Harrison Avenue in Downtown Boston’s Chinatown on August 10th. Taking place from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, the Chinese Moon Festival features lion dances, firecrackers, martial arts, folk dances and a number of vendors celebrating the special day.
Also referred to as the Mid-Autumn Festival, the Chinese Moon Festival celebrates two events. The first is the legend of the immortal Lady of the Moon known as Chang’e. The other is the overthrow of the Mongol rulers in 1368 after a rebel leader distributed mooncakes with hidden messages saying “Kill the Mongols.” Mooncakes, which are round pastries filled with lotus seed paste, can be purchased at one of the bakeries in Chinatown.
While the Chinese Moon Festival traditionally falls on the 15th day of the 8th Lunar month, which puts it in either Late September or early October, it takes place each year in Boston in mid-August.