Boston’s Haute Weekend Roundup

This weekend was all about celebrating some of Boston’s best festivals. From one at the Fort Point neighborhood to a beer fest at Franklin Park Zoo, here’s a look back at some great happenings around town.

On Friday night, Legal Harborside debuted an extremely limited, off-menu item available for those in the know. You may now consider yourself one of the lucky ones. Head to the second floor early and order up the secret Colossal Lobster Roll – the meat from a 2.5-pound lobster is poached, dressed with tarragon creme fraiche served in a homemade brioche bun and topped with shaved summer truffles complete with a side of truffle fries. The dish is limited to just five orders per night and can be ordered in the main dining room or at the bar.

Colossal Lobster RollPhoto Credit: Legal Harborside

On Saturday, Boston hosted a “free speech” rally that resulted in several arrests, but was a relatively peaceful event. Mayor Marty Walsh said on Saturday, “Today, Boston stood for peace and love, not bigotry and hate. We should work to bring people together, not apart.”

Boston’s oldest continuous Italian festival was also held this weekend in the North End. This year’s 107th anniversary of the The Fisherman’s Feast is based on a tradition that goes back to the 16th century in Sciacca Sicily based on the devotion of the fishermen to the Madonna del Soccorso (Our Lady of Help). This weekend’s festivities included live music, children’s activities, food vendors and a grand procession of the statue of La Madonna Del Soccorso Di Sciacca through the streets of the North End accompanied by marching bands and floats.

Also held on Saturday, Brew at the Zoo returned to Franklin Park Zoo where beer aficionados had the chance to enjoy a tasting from local breweries and restaurants at the eighth annual event while checking out western lowland gorillas, ring-tailed lemurs, and pygmy hippos in the Zoo’s Tropical Forest Pavilion as well as giraffes, lions, zebras and kangaroos.

Yesterday, The Fort Point neighborhood hosted its second annual Fort Point Festival complete with a street party and a day filled with a restaurant tasting session, a beer garden by Trillium Brewing Company, music by LoVeSeXy and cornhole games.

If you were on the South Shore, Alma Nove toasted the end of the summer on the waterfront patio with Miraval Wine joining them for “Rosé All Day”. Attendees had their choice of Miraval rosé by the glass or a frosty frosé specialty cocktail from mixologist Chris Lincoln that were paired up with Island Creek Oysters and live music from Nat Watkins.