Who’s up for a pickle party?
The Boston Pickle Fair will return on June 22 for a third year, celebrating sweet and sour takes at the Innovation and Design Building in the Seaport. And if you think all pickles are alike, the fest is a clear reminder that there are as many pickle varieties as there are Polar Seltzer flavors.
The outdoor fête will feature vendors that include Grillo’s Pickles, Horman’s Best Pickles, Mamaleh’s Delicatessen, and Pickle Me Pete, along with Gracie’s Ice Cream, Flatbread Company, and Moyzilla, all showcasing fermented goods that might push the average pickle fan out of their comfort zone. Even the featured brewery is getting in on the theme: Down the Road Brewing Company will host an outdoor beer garden and has partnered with Grillo’s Pickles to create Sam-Sam the Pickle Man, a dill pickle sour ale.
Attendees can also head to nearby restaurants Flour Bakery & Cafe and Chickadee, both of which will make limited-edition pickle snacks in honor of the event.
For entertainment, a roving brass band will perform around the grounds.
“We have been delighted by the City of Boston’s love of pickles and the enormous enthusiasm year after year for the growth of Boston Pickle Fair,” said Emily Isenberg, president of Isenberg Projects, which produces the event, in a press release. “When we organized the first Fair in 2017 we knew it would be a quirky hit, but we were blown away by the brine and the general fervor around the fun in fermentation. This year we have more vendors, more weird pickle items, pickle soda, more fried pickles, pickle beer and so many more oddities for our foodie friends.”
Of course, there will be some pickle aficionados who might taste the samples and think, ‘I can make these myself.’ For those looking for a challenge, there will be the home pickling competition, which invites pickle prodigies to submit their own fermented creations.
Boston Pickle Fair; 21 Drydock Ave., Boston; June 22 from 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m., bostonpicklefair.com