This Mill City mainstay will return to the streets in early September for three days and three nights of culinary exploration. Put on by Made In Lowell, an organization dedicated to bringing the city’s community together, the Lowell Food & Wine Festival encompasses eight different events — each with their own featured flavors.
1. Opening Reception
Sept. 8, 7:30 – 10:30 p.m.
Gallagher & Cavanaugh (map)
Join Made In Lowell as they kick off the 2016 festival with an opening reception at the law firm of Gallagher & Cavanaugh. Kale Yeah Catering will provide creative small plates alongside hand-crafted cocktails.
2. Food Truck Madness
Sept. 9, 6 – 9:30 p.m.
Kerouac Park (map)
Billed as “Lowell’s premier food truck event,” this gathering of over 12 chow-bearing rigs at Kerouac Park will be heaven for anyone who enjoys street food. If that’s not enough, a craft beer garden and live music will round out the festivities.
3. Taco & Tequila
Sept. 9, 9:30 – 11 p.m.
UMass Inn & Conference Center (map)
It’s a Mexican match made in heaven! More than eight local chefs will pair tasty tortillas with their preferred tequila brand.
4. The Grand Tasting
Sept. 10, 2 – 6 p.m.
Middle & Palmer Street (map)
If you’ve ever jokingly self-identified as a “wino” or “lush,” this is the event for you! Take a sampling from the wares of over 20 wineries and 15 breweries — then sober up with a few choice bites from local restaurateurs.
5. Lowell Chopped Competition
Sept. 10, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
Derby Park (map)
A favorite of Food & Wine Festival attendees, this cooking competition will heat up Derby Park during The Grand Tasting. Head over and watch Fuse Bistro’s Scott Pelletier attempt to defend his title!
6. Poutine – BrickOvenPizza – CraftBeer
Sept 10, 5 – 10 p.m.
Navigation Brewing Company (map)
Discover what happens when you combine the yumminess of made to order poutine with brick oven pizza and locally-made craft beer.
7. Farm-to-Table Dinner
Sept. 10, 6:30 – 9 p.m.
Every ingredient in this four-course meal can be traced back to a local source, courtesy of Charlotte Mason from Kale Yeah Catering and Mill City Grows. Plus, take a tour of the farm to see how your supper got its start.
( Please note: MVM learned this morning that the Farm-to-Table dinner has been cancelled. )
8. Sips & Sweets
Sept. 10, 9:30 – 11 p.m.
UMass Innovation Hub (map)
Chefs and mixologists will unite for this event, which serves as the perfect happy ending for your Food & Wine Festival experience. Cut your sweet teeth on delicious desserts before diving into each signature paired cocktail.]
For more information on the festival, or to purchase tickets, visit TLFWF.org.