Mass Farmers Markets is pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Strawberry Dessert Festival – happening June 12th through June 28th. Participating eateries across the Bay State including restaurants, cafes, bakeries, and ice cream parlors will donate a percentage of proceeds from specially prepared strawberry dessert items to benefit the Federation of Mass Farmers Markets (MFM), the only statewide non-profit dedicated to supporting and promoting farmers markets. Diners “out & about” between these dates will be able to enjoy specially prepared strawberry desserts at participating eateries and know that they’ll be helping a worthy cause at the same time.
Now in its second year, The Mass Farmers Markets Strawberry Dessert Festival was created in 2008 to highlight the local strawberry season and raise much-needed funds for Mass Farmers Markets’ mission as the only state-wide non-profit organization dedicated to sustaining and strengthening our farmers market system.
Last year’s event was met with overwhelming success and our participants helped us raise the funding needed to keep farmers markets thriving in Massachusetts!
This year, the event has grown to include over thirty of the most beloved Massachusetts restaurants and eateries. Chefs at each establishment will create strawberry dessert masterpieces using locally sourced produce!
Some of the many participant-eateries signed up this year include: The Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro (Boston), Tremont 647 (Boston), Garden at the Cellar (Cambridge), Henrietta's Table (Cambridge), flora (Arlington), The Summer Shack (Cambridge), Burton's Grill (Boston), Bistro 5 (Medford), Highland Kitchen (Somerville), The Fireplace (Brookline), 51 Lincoln (Newton), Prose (Arlington), L’Andana Grill (Burlington), Haley House Bakery Cafe (Boston -- Roxbury), Tabella (Amherst), Tastings Wine Bar and Bistro (Foxboro), Tatte Fine Cookies & Cakes (Brookline & local farmers markets), Tomasso Trattoria (Southborough) and Watch City Brewing Company (Waltham) to name a few.
In addition, four Whole Foods Market locations in greater Boston (Charles River Plaza, Symphony, Brighton, and Fresh Pond, Cambridge) will donate 50% of proceeds from sales of their strawberry parfaits from June 12 – 21!
This year’s Chef Spokesperson, Pastry Chef Shannon Black from the Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro, had this to say about the festival: “The Mass Farmers Markets Strawberry Dessert Festival is a great opportunity for me to support local farmers and farmers markets while showing off the incredible taste of fresh, in-season, New England strawberries!”