Culinary Tourism

Tours, tastings, and workshops for cooking and brewing your own palate-pleasers

 

Barleycorn’s Craft Brew

Barleycorn’s Craft Brew

21 Summer Street, Natick, MA 01760

508-651-8885

At this personal brewing facility and microbrewery, individuals and small groups can brew their own beer or make their own wine or soft drinks. 

Chocolate Therapy Workshops

Chocolate Therapy Workshops

60 Worcester Road, Framingham 01701

508-875-1571   

Clarke Culinary Center

Clarke Culinary Center

93 Fortune Boulevard, Milford 01757

508-458-2200  

Crafted

Crafted

400 Washington Street, Holliston 01746

508-429-1931  

Culinary Underground

Culinary Underground

21 Turnpike Road, Southborough 01770

508-904-6589  

Garden to Table Program,  Massachusetts Horticulture Society

Garden to Table Program, Massachusetts Horticulture Society

900 Washington Street, Wellesley 02482

Offering hands-on classes for people looking to grow and cook their
own food.

Julio’s Liquors

Julio’s Liquors

140 Turnpike Road, Westborough 01581

508-366-1942  

Angel Share Tasting Room is free and available all the time, offering 48 wines on tap to allow you to “try before you buy.”

Sushi 101, by Samba Steak and Sushi House

Sushi 101, by Samba Steak and Sushi House

1138 Worcester Road (Route 9E), Framingham 01702

508-628-0288 

Samba’s chefs will share with you the secrets of great sushi, including: how to prepare the food and perfect the rolling technique on a variety of makimono rolls, including Spicy Tuna, California and Vegetarian, and more!

The Vin Bin

The Vin Bin

91 Main Street, Marlborough 01752

508-480-9463   

Craft beer tastings each Thursday 5-7pm and wine tastings every Friday 5-7pm.

Tower Hill Botanic Garden

Tower Hill Botanic Garden

14 French Drive, Boylston 01505

508-869-6111  

One-session cooking classes focusing on chocolate, superfoods, and raw foods.

Food & Drink

Food & Drink - Heritage

Community Spotlight: Framingham

America’s largest town boasts a population of almost 70,000 residents speaking more than 50 languages and living 20 miles west of Boston in urban, suburban, and rural neighborhoods. Along with great neighborhoods, Framingham has extraordinary options for shopping and dining, a vibrant and innovative center for business and industry that hosts a number of world class companies, an expanding hub of cultural and educational opportunity, unmatched road and railway access, and active investment in the Town’s infrastructure.

Higher Education

Framingham boasts excellent higher education opportunities right in our back yard at Framingham State University and Mass Bay Community College, as well as easy access to the world-class institutions in the greater Boston area, including Harvard, MIT, Tufts, Boston University, Boston College, Wellesley, Brandeis, Bentley, Northeastern University, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute. 

In addition to continuing education opportunities at Framingham State University and Mass Bay Community College, there are opportunities for arts education through both the Danforth Museum School and the Amazing Things Arts Center Workshops

Recreation
Framingham operates over 200 youth, adult, and family arts and athletic programs on 62 public athletic fields, an indoor pool, a skating rink, and an athletic center. You and your family can also enjoy 52 playgrounds with equipment, 20 public tennis courts including 10 with lights, and three public beaches. You could go boating and picnicking at Farm Pond, skating at Loring Arena, walking through Wittenborg Woods - you’ll run out of weekends before you run out of things to do! 

When completed, the Cochituate Rail Trail will connect Framingham and Natick residents to local schools, offices, shopping, and transportation hubs. The 25-mile Bruce Freeman Rail Trail, which will connect Framingham with Lowell, is in the planning stages, as is the 104-mile long Mass Central Rail Trail, connecting Boston to Western Massachusetts, passing just north of Framingham.

For a list of public beaches in town, go here.

Eat, Drink, Shop
Framingham is one of those unique places that offer just about every shopping opportunity imaginable. Our section of Route 9 / Worcester Road is well-known throughout New England as a mecca for popular retail and restaurant experiences. 

Downtown Framingham boasts over 30 ethnic enterprises, including Asian, Hispanic, Brazilian, and Eastern European shops, cafes, and restaurants. Shoppers looking for alternatives to big box stores and chain restaurants can enjoy Brazilian, Middle Eastern, Indian, and Asian cuisine; imported clothing shops; and attentive service that defines family-owned operations.

The Golden Triangle is located at the MassPike (I-90) Exit #13 roughly in the area bounded by Route 9, Route 30, and Speen Street. This area includes the Natick Mall, the Framingham Mall, and Shoppers World for a comprehensive shopping and dining experience with everything from a grocery store to high-end luxury shops. In between are a wide variety of restaurants at every price-point. 

In addition to the section of Route 9 that forms the border of the Golden Triangle described above, Route 9 extends through Framingham with a large number shopping, dining, and other services serving local and regional customers. This includes hubs of activity at Framingham Centre and the Technology Park area at Mass Pike Exit 12.

Visual and Performing Arts


Arts and culture flourish in Framingham and an abundance of entertainment venues are located throughout the town. The IMAX theater, AMC movie complex, Amazing Things Art Center, and Nevins Hall at the Historic Memorial Building just begin to identify the diversity of experiences offered. Framingham also plays host to a number of regional cultural institutions including the Danforth Museum of Art, the Mazmanian Art Gallery, Garden in the Woods, and the Framingham History Center. 

For more things to do, view the Framingham Calendar of Events.

Performing Arts

Amazing Things Arts Center

Performing Arts Center of MetroWest

 

Visual Arts 
Danforth Museum of Art - Focusing on American art from 18th century to present day, the Danforth Museum of Art is dedicated to showing the very best examples of contemporary art by both emerging and established artists, as well as an exploration of the School of Boston Expressionism. Our compelling exhibitions and permanent collection of over 3,500 works of art offer countless opportunities for all ages to explore a range of media and artistic forms of expression. Our mission strongly supports education: the 400 yearly studio art courses offered in the Museum School, family workshops, and artist lectures offer Museum members and visitors numerous opportunities to learn and create.

Mazmanian Gallery at Framingham State University

Fountain Street Fine Arts is an artist-run, membership based gallery housed in the century old Bancroft Building in Framingham.  Also check out their blog: http://www.fsfaboston.com/growingagallery/ .

Fountain Street Studios located just outside downtown, the Fountain Street Studios is a vibrant artists community that holds frequent strolls and open houses that allow you to come visit and watch the artists at work.

Saxonville Studios, located in the Saxonville area of Framingham, this small but diverse group of artists has been active for more than 20 years.