Many cities pride themselves on their cuisine, a phenomenon that led to Chicago and New York’s infamous pizza rivalry, as well as the tragic Donut War of 1911. Support culinary commandos with today's Groupon: for $10, you get one admission to the Taste of Allston (a $15 value in advance, a $20 value at the door) at the Harvard Athletic Complex in Allston on Saturday, June 25.
The Taste of Allston ushers gastronomes on a tour of the epicurean avenues of some of the city's finest artisans. Guests can stroll to the tune of live music as they sample fare from local restaurants and implement their internal beer compasses. The festival will feature restaurants such as Korean Garden, specializing in authentic Korean cuisine, and The Sunset Grill & Tap, known for pairing steam-grilled burgers and microbrew beers in a union as pitch-perfect as Luciano Pavarotti’s fastball. Several pie crafters will make an appearance for pizza paparazzi, including hand-stretched dough devotees from White Horse Tavern, 85-year brick-oven veterans from Regina Pizza, and crust craftsmen from Big City, who infuse dough with homemade microbrew beer.
The festival will benefit Allston Village Main Streets, a nonprofit partnership dedicated to helping the city thrive as a safe, clean, friendly, and werewolf-free community. Since 1997, the organization has invested $100,000 in successful community projects.
Taste of Allston
Summertime breezes sneak through fork prongs and rustle across napkins at the annual Taste of Allston, where community foodies unite under a banner splattered with international ingredients. More than 20 restaurants introduce taste buds to some of the city's best eats, from the Far East fare of Korean Garden to the smoky brick-oven flavor of Pizzeria Regina's pies. In between bites, live music, beer samples, and raffle prizes plate up entertainment for adults, and kid-friendly attractions, such as face-painting stations, keep young'uns from trying to sneak away between oversize hoagie buns. All profits raised by the festival go straight to the Allston Village Main Streets, a nonprofit revitalization effort working to keep the community safe.