Tell your vegetarian friends to stay home — just kidding, there’s food for them too — because SoWa’s Power Station will be transformed Sept.10th for the first ever Boston-based Sausage Fest. The afternoon event is hosted by eatBoston — the brainchild of Somervillian Aaron Cohen who brought you the likes of Bacon and Beer Festival and Guacaholics Anonymous — and will bring together five food trucks, each offering up their finest of sausage eatery. Cohen, who also owns Gracie’s Ice Cream in Union, says it’ll be a similar set-up to the weekly biergarten he hosts in the space each Sunday with Wine Riot.
Among the participants are the folks behind Chubby Chickpea Truck, who say they’ll be bringing house-made shawarma-spiced lamb sausages, and Stoked Wood Fired Pizza Co., who are rumored to be dishing a vegetarian sausage pizza for the event. Cohen gives special props to Morning Salute, a newbie truck run by local veterans, who will fully utilize the breakfast-all-day-everyday mantra with a sausage breakfast sandwich.
Cohen founded eatBoston in 2009, when he began to do cook-offs and food fests with local businesses and restaurants — ranging from the Steakcation to the Tacopocalypse to the BLT Battle at Sea— while also hosting pop-up restaurants with pal Chef Will Gilson (Puritan and Co). The events’ success spread by word of mouth, and soon Cohen found himself hosting the first Bacon and Beer Festival in Denver in 2012.
Today, Cohen finds the time to bring the foodie events cross country while balancing Gracie’s, and is bringing this particular Sausage Fest to fruition in Boston following a successful launch in Chicago a few years back. The event popped up in Oakland, CA and Philadelphia in May, each celebrating local breweries and vendors. For Boston, the craft list includes the Brooklyn Brewery, Coronado Brewing Company, Cidergeist, Lord Hobo Brewing Co., Narragansett and Two Roads Brewing Company.
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If you go:
Sept. 10 at noon to 5 p.m, rain or shine
SoWa Power Station
540 Harrison Ave., Boston
General admission is free
Advance tickets are $12 and include a cheeky pint glass and your first beer.