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New Bedford Portuguese Feast & Blessed Sacrament 2017

The New Bedford Feast of the Blessed Sacrament, also known as . the Portuguese Feast is the largest event the city has every year. More than that, it is the largest Portuguese feast in the world and the largest ethnic festival in New England. The feast was founded in 1915 by four Madeiran immigrants who wanted to recreate the festivities of their home island. The feast is a four-day event, officially kicking off at 6:00 PM on Thursday, August 3rd . The grounds close at 12 midnight each night.

Located in the heart of New Bedford’s north end, the Feast is a magnificent celebration of Portuguese/American culture featuring international and regional food and refreshments, live music and entertainment, carnival rides and the city’s largest parade. Free admission all four days including admission to the Museum of Madeiran Heritage where visitors can experience the full story of Madeiran immigration to the United States.

\- With the 103rd Feast of the Blessed Sacrament just days away (August 3 to August 6, 2017), members of the of this years Feast committee will be setting up a “Mini Feast” at Customs House Square on Thursday night, July 13- starting at 6:00 PM. AHA! KIDS RULE – Free steamed hot dogs for kids under 12 will be provided! (while supplies last) Some of the most popular foods featured at the Feast will also be on sale for a very nominal price


Steve Duarte shares his sincere passion and his commitment to the Feast of the Blessed Sacrament. “Togetherness, love, heritage, tradition, and faith. Our parents gave this legacy to us. They instilled in us a deep faith and a great sense of ancestral pride” – by Joe Sousa Sr. (Museum of Madeiran Heritage)

The Feast of the Blessed Sacrament commences Thursday with the assembly of the Festeiros (Feast Committee Members) at the intersection of Earle Street and Acushnet Avenue. Led by the Feast President, the Festeiros march in a special procession down Earle Street to Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Church which is located at the corner of Earle Street and Madeira Avenue. At the church, Father Daniel O. Reis celebrates a special Benediction to the Blessed Sacrament.

Continuous live entertainment on four stages featuring top name entertainment plus cabaret style music and Fado singers in the quiet atmosphere of the Courtyard Café at the Museum of Madeiran Heritage.

Traditional Madeiran Portuguese dinner with numerous menu choices for full dinners in the main pavilion. Cook-you-own barbecue beef (carne d’espeto), sweet malassadas (fried dough)plus linguica (sausage) and baccalau (codfish) sandwiches. Hamburgers, hot dogs and French fries. Madeira wine imported in giant casks by special agreement with the Madeiran Government.

FAMILY FUN DAY:    Saturday
The Family Day program has grown over the years and this year is chock full of wonderful entertainment that will please the child in us all. Featuring both kid-themed activities such as face painting and more…

New Bedford Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival 2017

New Bedford Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival will be held on Saturday July 15th from 12-5pm at Fort Tabor.  Featuring some of New England’s most popular food trucks, dishing out fan favorites, and dozens of regional and national craft breweries. We’ll be bringing the ultimate food truck experience to the South Shore along with craft beer, live music, lawn games and more!


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Food Truck Lineup*:
? Anzio’s Pizza
? Alice’s Simply Fesh Food Truck
? Baby’s Bonetown BBQ
? Big Daddy’s
? Cape Cod Cannolis
? Chez Rafiki
? Chuck Wagon
? Clydes Cupcakes
? Compliments Food Truck
? Frozen Hoagies
? GottaQ
? North East of the Border
? Open Season
? Ox Cart
? Red’s Street Kitchen
? The Roving Lunchbox
? Shuck Food Truck
? Teddy’s Lunch Box
? Teri-Yummy
? Tracy Girl
? Trolley Dogs
? Two Sisters
? Uncle E’s
? Vovo’s Kitchen
? The Whoo(pie) Wagon
? Wolf Pizza
? Zinnekins


Live Band: 7DayWeekend
Set time: 12pm-4pm


Stay Tuned for Craft Brewery Lineups!




Gets you into the festival where you can let your taste-buds try all the delicious eats!
$5 Online
$10 At the gate
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Gets you into the festival with 3 beer tickets so you can start sipping straight away!
$18.50 Online Only
Beer Tickets will be sold on-site as well for $6 per beer (12oz)

For those foodies out there who just can’t wait to start snacking, we’ve got a ticket for you! There will be a special V.I.P. ticket which includes:
– Unlimited non-alcoholic Polar beverages & water
– One free dessert from our VIP Truck
– $1 off beer purchases, all day
– EARLY ENTRY! That’s right, you get access to all the food trucks and craft beers during our VIP HOUR (11am-Noon).
– V.I.P. Tickets are limited so you won’t have to deal with those pesky lines for a whole hour (think of how much you can eat!)
$20 Online
$30 At the gate

The Taste Of SouthCoast Food Festival 2017 New Bedford MA

The 11th Annual “Taste of SouthCoast” Festival is scheduled for Sunday, May 21st, 2017 from 12 Noon until 5pm on Pier 3 in New Bedford’s Historic Waterfront. The “Taste of SouthCoast” is hosted by New Bedford’s own Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick and proudly sponsored by Pier Fish Company. The Taste Of SouthCoast Food Festival 2017 New Bedford MA
The “Taste of SouthCoast” features restaurants, bakeries, and caterers from the SouthCoast area. Participants serve sample sized portions of their signature dishes from noon to 3:15pm. Tasters will be able to keep track of their sampling and cast their votes in the categories of “People’s Choice Award for Food”, “People’s Choice Award for Dessert” and “Best Booth Presentation”.
The tasting wraps up by 3:15pm. The votes are tallied and the awards are presented by 4:30pm. The fun continues until 5pm with live music all afternoon. Beer, wine and soft drinks will be served until 5pm.

There will be something for everyone to enjoy! New England crafted beers, locally grown and bottled wines, and soft drinks are available to complement the food offerings. The Taste Of SouthCoast event will be held rain or shine under bigger tent this year.

A major feature of Taste of SouthCoast is a spirit of friendly competition that will culminate in awards. Participants cast their votes for their favorites in the following categories: The “People’s Choice” Awards will go to the most voted for food and dessert offering and “Best Booth Presentation” awards will go to the participant that receives the most votes for best decorated and creative booth.

United Way of Greater New Bedford Clambake with Lobster 2016

United Way of Greater New Bedford will be kicking the summer of 2016 with the 22nd Annual Clambake with Lobster  on Friday  June 10th 5-10pm at the  Fisherman Wharf.  United Way of Greater New Bedford Clambake with Lobster 2016

It will feature  a Traditional Clam Bake with Lobster, live music by Johnny’s Basement, dancing, games, cash bar and the highly anticipated silent auction – featuring items such as sports memrobilia to getaways to event tickets. The Clambake is sponsored by The Black Whale.

Check out the great Swampie lobster roll hunt 

From 5-6pm there will be a limited open bar hosted through the premier bar sponsors: Freitas Package Store, Top of the Hill Liquors & Fairhaven Wine & Spirits.

Tickets are $80 each. For more information and to reserve tickets, call 509.994.9625 ext 19.
New Bedford State Pier 3 Fisherman’s Wharf
New Bedford, Massachusetts 02740

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Red, White & Brew at The Buttonwood Park Zoo 2016 New Bedford MA

The Red, White & Brew at The Buttonwood Park Zoo will be held on  Friday, May 20th
5:30 – 8:00  Red, White & Brew at The Buttonwood Park Zoo  2016 New Bedford MA
If you haven’t been to the Zoo in a few years, the 2nd Annual Red, White & Brew at The Buttonwood Park Zoo is a great way to see what you’ve been missing! Enjoy a night out with friends, sampling seasonal craft beers and help to raise money for the zoo you grew up with!
Big thanks to our sponsors Douglass Wine & Spirits, Cape Air, Fun107, and WBSM
Your ticket includes a souvenir sampling glass, animal encounters, live music from Craig DeMelo and Rebecca Correia, and 2.5 hours of unlimited sampling from a number of local brewers, including:
Buzzard’s Bay Brewing
Narragansett Beer
Leinenkugel Brewing Co.
Blue Moon
Smith & Forge Hard Cider
Shipyard Brewing
Two Roads Brewing
Foolproof Brewing
Berkley Beer Co.
Cisco Beer
Cape Cod Beer
Downeast Cider
…and more!
Purchase your tickets NOW before prices go up!  $40 until  May 14th

Buttonwood Zoo 425 Hawthorn Street | New Bedford, MA 02740

The Taste Of SouthCoast Food Festival 2016 New Bedford MA

Downtown New Bedford, Inc.’s Tenth Annual Taste Of SouthCoast festival will be held  on Sunday, May 15 from 12 noon to 5 pm. Located on Pier 3 in New Bedford’s historic working waterfront. The “tasting” goes until 3:15, but music and fun continue right through 5:00. We are very excited to announce that this year’s entertainment will feature America’s Got Talent finalist, Samantha Johnson, performing with her band from 2:30-4:30. Great food and great music will make this year’s festival the best ever.

Check out the latest restaurant deals South of Boston 

The Taste Of SouthCoast Food Festival 2016 New Bedford MA

There will be something for everyone to enjoy! New England crafted beers, locally grown and bottled wines, and soft drinks are available to complement the food offerings. The Taste Of SouthCoast event will be held rain or shine under bigger tent this year.

A major feature of Taste of SouthCoast is a spirit of friendly competition that will culminate in awards. Participants cast their votes for their favorites in the following categories: The “People’s Choice” Awards will go to the most voted for food and dessert offering and “Best Booth Presentation” awards will go to the participant that receives the most votes for best decorated and creative booth.

Pier Fish Company continues their tradition as the Premier Corporate Sponsor of the “Taste”. Pier Fish Co. has also renewed their commitment to the New Bedford Seafood Industry Scholarship Fund and asks others in the industry to contribute. A fund has been established through DNB, Inc. One hundred percent of the money donated to the scholarship fund is awarded to area students with parents working in the industry.

The Festival is held on City Pier 3. Address is 228 MacArthur Drive. Parking is free in the downtown at meters, at the Whale’s Tooth Parking lot, the Elm Street Parking Garage, and the YMCA.

TICKET prices remain the same as last year: $15 in advance and $18 day of the event for adults, $5 for children 6-12, free for 5 and younger. Tickets are on sale now at the DNB, Inc. office and beginning in April through our website at www.downtownnb.org, and at all area Cardoza and Douglas Wine & Spirits locations. For more information call 508-990-2777or e-mail dnb@downtownnb.org.

Rose Alley Ale House’s 7th Annual Beer Summit 2016 in New Bedford MA

The Seventh Annual Rose Alley Ale House Beer Summit Kicks Off Monday, February 1st! Rose Alley Ale House in Downtown New Bedford hosts an annual Beer Summit. Beer Drinkers   who sign up gather to taste different craft and imported beers from all over and rate them by taste.

Rose Alley Ale House’s 7th Annual Beer Summit 2016 in New Bedford MA

Every Saturday Morning   Rose Alley offers a delicious Breakfast menu, but to kick off the Beer Summit, they will  be having their famous Kegs & Eggs Breakfast Buffet on Monday February 1st from 9-11 AM for all who attend for just $8!

“Take a journey through 29 different Craft and Imported Beers of all styles and origins throughout the 29 days of February Rose Alley Ale House

Here is some Swampie Buzz-Wings are getting really postive buzz

Rose Alley has great wings. They also have an awesome beer menu.

Rose Alley awesome wings!!

Gotta try Rose Alley!!!  Food/drink are great and usually on weekends there is a band or two  Great place for a fun date

Had a fabulous day at Battleship Cove and , after a recommendation from here, drove 20 min away to the Rose Alley Pub in New Bedford. We hadnt eaten all day and were def hungry. Place easy to find and luckily found on-street parking nearby. Upon walking in we were a wee bit nervous bc atmosphere was def a bar with a few hi top tables and a few tables outside, fairly busy tho and no other kids. Bartender said to sit anywhere but we had to put our own two tables together bc most only accommodated 3. Waitress (never said name) came and took drink order. My Wachusett Bluberry was good but the blueberries had seen better days. Then we seperated appetizer plates and 2 were dirty. Now we were getting very skeptical BUT then the apps arrived ..mozzarella sticks and Fried buffalo wontons and they were so delish. After a bit waitress was about to give us check and we said we would also be ordering dinner (she never asked). Kid’s had grill cheese and said yummy, just the right amt of butter. Hubby had Cowboy burger and said very good. I had the Steak and Cheese wrap minus mushrooms that was phenomenal. Fries were also nice and crunchy. Another waitresss came on shift at 5p and service improved (fillled sodas w o asking, taking away used plates etc) and was very bubbly, attentive. Owner stopped by twice to check on us which was very nice.

We ate at the Rose Alley Ale House in New Bedford yesterday afternoon. Service was great, it was clean and food was yummy! Nice beer selection too!

Check out their App Hour


1/2 pound of Tenders: $3.99
Basket of Chips or Fries: $2.25
Add cheese & bacon: $1
Onion Rings: $2.25
Mozzarella Sticks: $3.50
Chips & Salsa: $2.49
Pickle Chips: $3.50
Cheese Quesadilla w/Salsa: $3.50


Rose Alley Ale House / 94 Front Street / New Bedford, MA / 508.858.5123


A Taste of Downtown New Bedford Swampie Style

Rick the head swampie and Mary of  Mary’s Mini Hot dogs & Steamed Cheeseburgers went on a culinary tour of Downtown New Bedford Eats!!  Mary’s will be joining them soon as part of Downtown New Bedford!!  Check out where Mary and Rick ate as well as  many Swampies have visited them before!! A Taste of Downtown New Bedford Swampie Style

Try your own taste of Downtown New Bedford tour, you will be glad you did. Shop local, eat local.

Destination Soups

149 Union St
New Bedford, Massachusetts
(508) 991-SOUP (7687)

Destination Soups Restaurant New Beford MARick and Mary  First ur first stop, of course, was Destination Soups. I (Mary) got the Chick Pea Peanut Curry soup and Rick got the Creamy Tomato Basil soup. Rick loved his soup, me, I am in LOVE with the Chick Pea Peanut Curry soup; this is the best soup I have ever had, hands down. Yea, better than our award winning sausage and corn chowder.

Swampie Buzz  We went to the Zieterion Theater last night. Before the show we went walked around looking for a place to nosh and kill time. A block away we found this place. They had a few outside tables which caught our eye. Blackboard menu, easy to read. Most of the menu is gluten free and/or vegan. I had a cup of veggie chili. Thick tomato base with beans, carrots, corn, sweet potatoe. Very very good. Came with a hunk of bread.  Husband got bbq beef veggie bean soup. I took a bite and next thing I knew I ate his whole bowl. Delish!
We split a roast beef bacon wrap with all the fixins. It also was so good.
Everything is fresh. Employees are friendly and quick.
If in the area a definite must try.

Brick Pizzeria Napoletana

163 Union St, New Bedford, MA 02740
(508) 999-4943

Brick Pizzeria Napoletana Restaurant New Bedford MARick and Mary we shared an appetizer sized onion and green pepper pizza which had a nice thin crust and was cooked to perfection. We also shared an order of the focaccia bread which is cooked in the brick oven and seasoned with garlic and olive oil and comes with a big bowl of sauce to dip the bread in….so good. I could only imagine dipping that focaccia bread in the Chick Pea Curry soup

Swampie Buzz The best pizza ever is at Brick Pizzeria Napoletana on Main St in New Bedford

Cork Wine and Tapas

90 Front St
New Bedford, Massachusetts
508-994-WINE (9463)

Rick and Mary I ordered a cucumber martini and I can’t remember the name of the drink Rick ordered, but it was a blueberry flavored martini and we both loved our drinks. For food we ordered the New Bedford Seared Scallops which we both agreed were the best scallops we had ever eaten and the roasted cauliflower…so good with just the right amount of spice from the Korean chili powder

A phenomenal Tapas spot. The drinks-   Oh my these Martini’s rocked.
I had a Blueberry Martini   and Mary had a Cucumber Martini.
We are on a health kick!  The Pan Seared Scollops The Roasted Cauliflower   Absolutely delicious. The menu description was exactly what we got.  I wish I had taken a picture of the menu.

Swampie Buzz Decided on Cork because the building looks cool! Old stone building with atmosphere. Midday birthday lunch-2:00 and we were the ONLY ones there- I was a little nervous! One employee doing bar, serving and hostess. All seemed odd at first-
Ordered wine flights- many to choose from (happy birthday me!!)
Rhode Island clam chowder (didn’t know there was such a thing)- clear broth chowder, not creamy. Surprisingly spicy- waitress said she thinks chourico in it as well, but after the spicy shock they all liked it.  Fabulous lobster croquettes- basically fried mac and cheese w/lobster (hooray!)  Ordered 8 dishes for 5 of us, just the right amount. Salads, scallops, brussel sprouts, calamari- Burger got sent back 2x 3rd time was a charm- they took it off the bill (not quite the right medium rare ?)

We had the Valentines Price Fix menu….never disappoints. Bottle of Champagne to start. Finace got espresso martini, yum. Courses were: Appy: each got spicy tuna rolls, Salads: each got gorgonzola nuts pear salad Soup: cauliflower for me and spicy sausage and bean him Entrée: goat cheese ravioli him and diver scallops me and Dessert: both got deconstructed smores with chocolate dipped strawberries over melted marshmallow and caramelized graham crackers. from valet to server, nothing to complain about. This is top notch dining in the area. You MUST go

Had dinner at cork in downtown New Bedford last evening as an early birthday dinner. I’ve eaten there maybe 4 or 5 times prior and each time is excellent. Service is top notch and atmosphere is beautiful. It is a tapas style restaurant with a strong Portuguese concentration and lots of fresh seafood. Some of the tapas are entree size, but I recommend getting a few different things to share. I had truffle frites, fried goat cheese over pineapple chutney, potato salad (not traditional), and my partner had the cod loin. I also had a wine flight. 3 3oz pours of wine. Definitely a recommendation, especially when it’s not an arctic vortex as downtown New Bedford is loaded with history and charm!

A little out of Downtown New Bedford 

Top Shelf Bar and Grille.

1825 Acushnet Ave, New Bedford, MA

Rick and Mary No, not done yet.  Forward to Top Shelf Bar and Grille.  A couple of Mai Tai’s.
Just a bit too sweet.  Still drank it all.  We shared Lobster Cakes,  Shrimp Cakes and Coconut Fried Shrimp.  The Lobster Cakes and Shrimp Cakes  were not what we were expecting.
Mary did not like them, But big surprise- I did! The Coconut Shrimp were delicious.
We were going to hit another place,   but we were tired and full.

Mary’s Mini Hot dogs & Steamed Cheeseburgers  ” is moving to a new, downtown location on Union Street and could open its doors early next month -February

Swampie Buzz Drriving home from NB I said next time we’re down here we’ll check out Mary’s. 2 seconds later wife says there’s Mary’s so after taking the next right turn almost on 2 wheels there we were ordering our dessert. we split a double cheeseburger and each had a mini dog, I really like the the Sriracha mayo on mine but I’d eat a flip flop if it had Sriracha mayo. Great meeting and talking food with Mary whose expertise and enthusiasm for her store and it’s future are matched only by her warm personality and her customer care

My husband is in love with the “Stupid Crazy Bacon Cheeseburger”!!! at Mary’s Mini Hot Dog & Steamed Burger in New Bedford!!