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Boston Food Fest Overwhelmed by Heat

Photos: Drew Starr

The first Boston Food Fest was held at Government Center this past weekend. Unfortunately for all involved, three of the four days of the fest coincided with one of the worst heat waves the city has ever experienced. Though there were a handful of powerful fan misters set up for relief around the venue, the only shade available for the public was in a remote 21+ beer tent, and 12-ounce bottles of water cost $3. It was not a surprise then that when Eater visited the fest during each of the first three afternoons, there were never more than a few hundred attendees present at once. We were told numbers picked up in the evening, though it was clear in speaking with restaurateurs involved that they were disappointed by the lower turnouts the weather caused.

However, we stuck it out in the heat so you didn't have to (and as you'll see from the photo gallery below, it seems few of you did). Read on to meet the Todd English family, see Ming Tsai throw food at them, and behold the shortest Shake Shack line in history.

· All coverage of Boston Food Fest on Eater [~EBOS~]

Shake Shack (Harvard Square)

92 Winthrop St, Cambridge, MA 02138 (617) 758-8495 Visit Website

Blue Ginger

583 Washington Street, Wellesley, MA 02482 781 283 5790 Visit Website

Scampo at The Liberty Hotel

215 Charles St, Boston, MA 02114 857 241 1150 Visit Website


782 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02118 857-250-2999 Visit Website

Blue Dragon

324 A Street, , MA 02210 (617) 338-8585 Visit Website

Shake Shack (Back Bay)

236 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 03116 Visit Website

Shake Shack (Chestnut Hill)

49 Boylston St, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 617-651-3406 Visit Website