Food is a highlight of any New England vacation and the Boston area of Massachusetts doesn’t disappoint. The region’s famous seafood ranges from succulent lobster – harvested all along the coast – to clams, the vital ingredient of New England’s very own clam chowder or served fried up and crispy.

Faneuil Hall Marketplace in downtown Boston (1 Faneuil Hall Square, Boston, MA 02109 http://www.faneuilhallmarketplace.com/) is one of America’s most popular tourist destinations. Built in 1742, Faneuil Hall has a rich political history where meeting topics have ranged from independence from Britain to the abolition of slavery. Today, its old market halls that have been converted into quaint restaurants and shops, where as you stroll, you’ll be entertained by a host of street performers.

The most authentic ‘Little Italy’ in the United States is located in Boston’s North End where Italian greengrocers and cafès, panetterias bakeries, pasticcerias pastry shops and salumerias delicatessens offer a wide choice of authentic Italian food.

Boston, home to the third largest Chinatown in the USA, is also home to Thai, Vietnamese and other Asian restaurants.

Boston’s Microbreweries & American Craft Beer Festival

And if all that choice in food is making you thirsty, you’re in luck; Massachusetts and the New England states are a wine and beer drinkers paradise with a rich history. In 1634, the first ‘publick house’ opened in Massachusetts; 354 years later, Jim Koch of Samuel Adams revived the ancient art. In Boston, tour Sam Adams, the Harpoon Brewery or take a Boston Brew Tour; or head west on Route 2 for the Valley Beer Trail that links nearly 30 destinations in western Massachusetts and southern Vermont.

Today, in addition to the established breweries, there are so many new microbreweries springing up that it’s hard to keep count. Alongside the IPAs, stouts and brown ales, organic lagers and Hefeweizen, local breweries are happy to experiment with natural New England ingredients, such as wild blueberries, cranberries, maple syrup and pumpkin.

You won’t want to miss the annual American Craft Beer Fest (ACBF) held the end of May each year in Boston, MA which is the east coast’s largest celebration of American craft beer, featuring 640+ craft beers from 140+ American brewers, and drawing over 15,000 beer enthusiasts from around the world.

And if you venture beyond the Boston region and further afield in New England, there’s nothing quite like hot pancakes with real locally-produced Vermont maple syrup, or the first apple cider of autumn. Each area has its local proud produce: in Maine, its wild blueberries, and in Massachusetts, the cranberry harvest. In the mountains of New Hampshire, stop for cold cider and enjoy the view. You’ll find fresh organic produce from family farms featured at restaurants throughout the region, including artisan cheeses and bread. To drink, what else but award-winning beers from a New England craft brewery or award-winning wines from New England’s vineyards.

For info on planning a New England vacation visit: www.discovernewengland.org

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