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Friday, September 16, 2011

5 Sites for Discovering Local Food Events

Much as we love swapping homemade goodies, we also love attending other food-related events around Boston to meet foodies who care about sustainability and real food. Plus, it gives us good fodder for blog posts. Often these events are grassroots efforts like our swap, so it's not always easy to find them. Here are some of the sites we use to uncover awesome events:
  1. Twitter
    Twitter is a great place for uncovering bite-sized tidbits on food and local events. We follow tons of local restaurants and organizations to stay current on Boston's food scene and retweet as many interesting events and links as we can. You can follow us at @BOSswappers.
  2. Yelp
    I've been hooked on Yelp since it launched in Boston around 2005, and their events section includes a wide range of events from bake-offs to book club meetings, so it's a great way to search for indie events.
  3. Meetup
    This events site is organized around groups of people with common interests like beekeeping or homebrewing. In addition to several food-related groups, I'm also a member of the Somerville Women Who Work from Home. Unlike most other sites, you must join groups to view the events.
  4. Eventbrite
    We use Eventbrite to publicize our monthly swaps and search for other events to attend. Eventbrite makes it super-easy to sort by keyword, geography, or date, then share interesting events on social media.
  5. Gusta
    Gusta is a new site that focuses on supper clubs, pop-up restaurants, and underground food events around the world. They haven't launched in Boston yet, but we're eager to start using it, so please, pretty please sign up and show Gusta how much Boston loves good food!
Speaking of food events, have you signed up for Sunday's food swap? I'm making homemade granola, and there are sure to be tons of other swappable goodies, so we hope to see you there!

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  1. Wow, the food swap sounds like fun!

  2. Thanks for including Gusta on this list! Until we properly launch in Boston, perhaps you can try out this event in South Yarmouth: http://www.gusta.com/events/49

  3. I hadn't heard about Gusta, that sounds like a cool site, I'll have to check it out to see if it covers my area. What a cool movement!

  4. Great list of sites, some of which are new to me!

  5. Such a useful post! I am forwarding this to my daughter who lives in Boston. Thanks on her behalf!

  6. Very helpful post... Really curious about Gusta. Will check it out!