This past Saturday over 600 neighbors gathered on Talbot Ave at the 4th annual Dorchester Bike & Brew to celebrate Dorchester’s growing biking community and enjoy this neighborhood we share. Located next to Peabody Square West Plaza, the avenue was transformed into pedestrian friendly open space bursting with local food & beverages, music, and all manner of cycling and cycling adjacent groups. Greater Ashmont Main Street co-presenting this event in partnership with the City of Boston ( Mayor Martin J Walsh), MassBike, Dorchester Brewing Co, and the Dorchester Reporter provided the community the opportunity to experience the heart behind #streetsareforpeople.
Mass Bike carved a new pathway for our youngest bikers, turning the upper portion of Talbot Ave into a Bike Rodeo. The rainbow chalk sketched street was studded with cones and tennis balls that provided bikers with twists, turns, and obstacles that tested the skill and will!
Dorchester Brewing Company’s beer garden featured 3 of their seasonal brews that bursted with flavors ranging from fruity and citrusy to malty and bright. They also served up regular and pumpkin ciders from Downeast Cider House and wine from American Provisions. Municipal water on tap kept us all hydrated thanks to Boston Water and Sewer Commission #H2Go Water Truck.
Farmer Girl served up pounds of truffle parmesan fries along side massive juicy burgers and hotdogs that brought a welcomed South American twist to some American classics. Tacos Don Beto did not disappoint as they dished out massive burritos, papusas popping with pork and cheese, and a cinnamon rich sweet house-made horchata to wash it down.
The Tomohiro Mori 森智大 Band started the night off with amazing jazz to set the mood. Mayor Martin J Walsh joined us and, along with his Chief of Streets, Chris Osgood, spoke poignantly about the importance of active transportation infrastructure investment and the City’s commitment to #VisionZero.
And the night ended with The Ray Liriano Experience with a surprise guest performance from Krista Page. The musical mix of rock, funk, and latin kept the crowd wanting more!
Tent and tables lined the lanes with representatives from:
- All In Energy
- Ashmont Cycles
- Bike Milton
- Bikes Not Bombs
- Bike Talk 88.1
- Boston Cyclists Union & DotBike
- Dorchester Community Food Co-Op
- Liveable Streets Alliance
- Roxbury Run Series
For more pics of the festival check out our photo album (LeeDaniel Tran, photographer) here:
One last recognition and thanks to our generous sponsors:
Ashmont Cycles; Cedar Grove Gardens; Great Spaces ERA; GreenOp; Leslie MacKinnon (realtor with COMPASS); Lusterity; Boston City Council President Andrea J. Campbell (D4); Boston City Councilor Frank Baker (D3); State Representative Dan Cullinane (12th Suffolk); and State Senator Nick Collins
Many thanks to Greater Ashmont Main Street’s Annual Sustainers: the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development Boston Main Streets program, the Boston Main Streets Foundation, the MBTA , the Martin Richard Foundation , and Trinity Financial AND all our committed volunteers, who make events like this possible.