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June Events Around Boston

Pit Fries from Smoke Shop BBQ

Summer is here and so are these awesome openings, festivals, and more!

Saturday, June 1: If you like my brunch pics, you should definitely follow Brunches of Boston (if you don't already!). The drool-worthy account took a little hiatus but they're actually relaunching on June 1 with an exciting party at the Playwright Bar. Tickets are just $15 and include complimentary brunch bites and one mimosa.

Saturday, June 1: Though the storefront closed its doors earlier this year, the Somerville poké shop Manoa will re-open its doors as a pop-up at Bantam Cider from 3 to 8 p.m. on every other Saturday, starting on June 1. Enjoy barbecue chicken, teriyaki tofu, kalua pork, and more while sipping on your favorite summer cider.

Sunday, June 2: If you've seen my latest Taste Race, you'll know I'm a big fan of Smoke Shop. So I really couldn't be more excited for the 3rd annual Crawfish Boil with Priveteer Rum. Enjoy all you can eat crawfish with all the fixins and a signature cocktail alongside seafood-loving friends. Tickets start at just $37.50 for this tasty food binge.

Tuesday, June 4: The annual event, Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry, benefits the charity that works to make sure every child in America is fed. Sample bites and drinks from Boston's best including Alden & Harlow, Chickadee, Craigie on Main, Milk Bar, Row 34, Tiger Mama, and more. Tickets start at $115.

Thursday, June 6: What's better than sipping rosé while enjoying beautiful views of the Public Garden? Not much! At Bistro du Midi's Tour de Rosé Patio Party, take in the warm summer sun while enjoying rosé cocktails, wine, and small bites. Tickets are $25 and include one drink ticket and passed hors d'oeuvres, and proceeds from the tickets benefit the Ellie Fund, a non-profit that provides free support services to breast cancer patients and their families.

Thursday, June 6: The beautiful Boston restaurant Terra is hosting a chef takeover, inviting chef/partner Tony Messina of Uni, chef/owner Cassie Piuma of Sarma, executive chef Sam De Los Santos of Eataly Boston, and chef/owner David Punch of Sycamore for a guest dinner benefiting No Kid Hungry. There will be live music and your $95 ticket includes passed around bites from famous chefs as well as welcome wine (with additional cash bar).

Saturday, June 8: The ultimate event for craft beer lovers returns to Boston for its 8th year. The Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest will feature 75 beers, ciders, and meads brewed in New England from New England products, as well as a special Beer on Cask Tasting. Each $45 ticket includes 25 drink samples, entertainment, and small bites in addition to food for purchase.

Wednesday, June 12: Taste of Somerville, one of my favorite events of the summer, returns this year but in a new location: Assembly Row. Come try all you can eat food and drink samples from many of Somerville's favorites like Earl's Kitchen + Bar, Southern Kin, Foundry on Elm, Redbones and more. Tickets start at $50.

Friday & Saturday, June 14-15: As a sour beer lover myself, I am super excited for FUNK Boston to come into town. This wild & sour beer fest will feature upwards of 35 brewers pouring over 125 beers and will be hosted by BeerAdvocate. Tickets start at $65 and include all beer samples, a tasting cup, and a printed fest guide while supplies last.

Thursday, June 20: Would you believe I still haven't been to Eataly? Well it looks like there's no better time to go than for Eataly's Block Party Series! For one Thursday a month through September, this Italian version of a block party will have gelato, grilled plates, cannolis, fresh pasta, and more, in addition to beer, wine, and cocktails! Entry is free and food and drink tickets are available at the door or online.

Friday, June 21: Kick of the summer with one of the best events of the season: the 22nd Annual Chefs in Shorts! Enjoy beer, wine, and delicious small plates from 25+ restaurants including Lulu's Allston, Ocean Prime, Tuscan Kitchen, Worden Hall, and Zuma - Four Seasons benefiting Future Chefs, a nonprofit helping prepare urban youth in Greater Boston for quality early employment and post-secondary education opportunities in the culinary field. Tickets start at $90.

Saturday, June 22: Make your summer a sour one at the Boston Pickle Fair! This fun fest will include tasty samples from Brine Brothers, PattyMac's, The Pretentious Pickle Company, The Bacon Truck, Mamaleh's, and more, plus a pickling contest, live music, and a special beer at the outdoor beer garden from Down the Road Brewing. Tickets start at $20.

Saturday, June 22: If you're familiar with the Boston restaurant scene, chances are you're familiar with chef Andy Husbands. As an award-winning restaurateur, pit master, and chef/owner of The Smoke Shop, Andy knows a thing or two about BBQ. Uncover his secret tips and tricks during a BBQ cooking class where you'll learn how to smoke and break down a whole hog, getting the best and most cuts of meat (think pork butts, ribs, bacon, and pork cheeks). Tickets start at $100.

Saturday, June 22: I love a good "Taste of" and the Taste of Allston food fest is definitely going to be a good one. For just $30 you can get unlimited small bites from some of Allston's best. Last year's participants included Our Father's, Fomu, Roxie's Grilled Cheese, and Aeronaut, so you know it's going to be a good time!

Sunday, June 23: Pay homage to a lesser chosen meat as you see what amazing Boston chefs can do with a whole lamb at Lamb Jam. Watch, and taste, as 16 chefs compete for the best lamb-based dish while also enjoying unlimited sips from local brewers and winemakers. Come hungry, and appreciate the plates from Sweet Cheeks, Chickadee, Bambara, Café Artscience, La Brasa, Spoke and more for just $75 a ticket.

Pride Specials: One of the most exciting weekends in Boston is just around the corner! Celebrate acceptance while enjoying a special Pride Banana Cream Pie from Magnolia Bakery. Now through June 8th, when you buy one of these puddings, 10% of the sale will go to the Trevor Project. Don't have a sweet tooth? Pabu in Downtown Crossing is whipping up a special pride cocktail called #loveislove during the whole month of June. A portion of these proceeds will benefit GLASS, which helps LGBTQ youth services.

National Turkey Lovers Month: Did you know that the whole month was dedicated to these feathered friends? For all of June, enjoy limited-time turkey specials from Blue Dragon, Osteria Posto, Sweet Cheeks, Tip Tap Room, and Whaling in Oklahoma.

Keep an Eye Out

Though official dates aren't confirmed, keep an eye out for the following events and I'll make sure to update these as we learn more information:

Early June: Refreshed and renewed, the former North Square Oyster will reopen this month as Ciao Bella. The sister restaurant to Tony & Elaine's will be seafood-focused while also having the North End Italian classics like fresh pasta and veal, all from executive chef Pierce Boalt Juckett of Select Oyster Bar and Waypoint.

June: The delicious Jamaican joint, Only One Jamaican, is opening up its third restaurant in the former D’Angelo space at 1245 Hyde Park Ave. in Boston. Stop by to enjoy authentic dishes such as curry goat, beef patties, jerk chicken, BBQ Beef Ribs, and more!

June: A new Asian bistro restaurant is making it's way to the Seaport district to join its sister restaurant, LoLa 42. The restaurant group specializes in of Asian-inspired fare from sushi to bulgogi, and this new venture will add the trending meal of hot pot to the mix as well. 111 East will open in June with 70 seats for hungry customers.

Late June: Blackbird Doughnuts and The Gallows are two of Boston's best So when news broke out that they were opening Sally's Sandwiches right next to the famous doughnut shop, the foodie world shook. Keep an eye out for the new restaurant coming later this month!