Boston is known for many things: the Red Sox, Tom Brady, baked beans; and for the past 3 years it has also been hosting a Pickle Fair. Yes, you read that correctly, pickle fair.
On June 22nd, this annual festival dedicated to pickles is coming back to Boston’s Seaport. The event planners are expecting more than 3,000 pickle fans to swing by for a day filled with samples, outdoor games, music and lots of other fun activities.
According to the press release announcing the event, “Returning vendors include Brine Brothers, PattyMac’s, The Pretentious Pickle Co. and Boston’s beloved Grillo’s Pickles.” But there are some new additions this year as well, including: a roving brass band, Flour Bakery and Chickadee restaurant.
“We started the Fair in 2017 since we saw such an uptick in pickles on restaurant menus and a resurgence in regional jams and pickle makers. We wanted to create a family-friendly event that was inspired by an old-timey country fair, a foodie event that was perhaps a bit more approachable in an urban setting.” Says Emily Isenberg, President of Isenberg Projects, the event organizers. “The demand has been huge year after year, and we have incredible vendor support as well. When we started there was Pittsburgh and Pickle Day on the Lower East Side in New York City, but since our inception over a dozen pickle fairs have popped up in the last year or so. We will take that as a compliment!”
The fair will feature everything pickle related, even a pickle-themed beer! Down the Road Brewing Company will be selling their dill pickle sour ale, “Sam-Sam the Pickle Man”, which was a collaboration with Grillo’s Pickles. Also, home picklers are encouraged to enter this year’s “Home Pickling Competition”, which will be judged by Christie Morrison from America’s Test Kitchen, Jeremy Ogusky of Boston Ferments, and food writer Drew Starr.
“We have been delighted by the City of Boston’s love of pickles and the enormous enthusiasm year after year for the growth of Boston Pickle Fair,” said Emily Isenberg. “When we organized the first Fair in 2017 we knew it would be a quirky hit, but we were blown away by the brine and the general fervor around the fun in fermentation.”
If you want to join in on the fun and will be in Boston this June, tickets are currently on sale for both the morning and afternoon sessions. Tickets are $20 for everyone 5 years old and over (children under five are free). Tickets cover entrance, access to samples, live music, and games, and there is additional food and beverages available for purchase. The fair will be held at the Innovation and Design Building is located at 21 Drydock Ave, Boston Seaport. Visit https://www.bostonpicklefair.comfor more information.