The Boston Fisheries Foundation hosted its fifth annual Boston Seafood Festival on August 7 at the historic Boston Fish Pier in the Seaport District. This year’s event featured roughly 40 businesses and organizations and attracted an estimated 8,000 people — all of whom gathered to celebrate their common love for seafood.
The Boston Fisheries Foundation was first created to support the generations-old fisheries that operate along the New England coastline. Today, it continues its mission to preserve, sustain, and share the region’s maritime heritage and to maintain its legacy as a seafood haven.
According to the nonprofit’s president, Chris Basile, the festival has been a major part of that initiative. “We want to have fun and bring seafood-loving people from all cultures and backgrounds together to celebrate the bounty and history of our local waters,” Basile said.
Festival attendees enjoyed a day by the ocean with delicacies from local seafood restaurants, live chef demonstrations, family-friendly entertainment, a lobster bake, the summer beer garden, and an exciting oyster shucking competition.
Also in attendance was Angela Sanfilippo, a veteran of the Boston Seafood Festival and president of the Gloucester Fisherman’s Wives Association — a role she has served since 1977. Coming from a family with seven generations of fishermen, Angela stressed the importance of having a strong Asian presence at the festival.
“I know that seafood is very precious to [the Asian community] and they need to know that we have fresh, local seafood … every day, right here at the pier,” Sanfilippo said.
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