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Posted by Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism

There’s never a bad time for good food.

As November approaches and Thanksgiving comes into view, a trio of culinary events will be on the horizon, each of which promises ample eating and the opportunity to celebrate in style.

Here’s what’s on the menu.

Taste 2014 in Boston, MA

Boston has no shortage of accomplished chefs or trendy restaurants, and on November 17, Boston Magazine will honor their November dining issue by bringing some of the best together under one roof. At Taste 2014, foodies can spend the evening dining on plates from a variety of top restaurants at the Boston Children’s Museum, which will play host. Mixologists will be in the house, too, ensuring that those who attend won’t go thirsty.

Boston Children's Museum

Photo: Boston Children’s Museum by Kindra Clineff

Tickets to Taste 2014 are $85 for general admission, which lasts from 7 – 9 p.m. VIP packages, which secure entry at 6 p.m., are priced at $115. That money will be well spent, as a portion of proceeds from the event will go to benefit The Greater Boston Food Bank. For overnights, the Westin Boston Waterfront is conveniently located nearby.

New England Food Festival in Plymouth, MA

Given that Plymouth is the site of the first ever Thanksgiving, what better place is there to commemorate the holiday? America’s Hometown Thanksgiving does just that, spreading three days of food and family fun from November 21 – 23. The New England Food Festival falls on November 22, when thousands of visitors will enter and eat to their heart’s desire.

Tasty Treats

Photo: Tasty treats at the New England Food Festival via Facebook

The food festival lasts from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., with adults paying $12 for admission, children under 12 entering for $7 and kids younger than 5 getting in for free. Inside, there’ll be soups, chowders, desserts, creative confections and all sorts of entrees, along with some charming seasonal décor. Celebrity judges will also be on the scene to dish out top restaurant honors, spicing up the foodfest with a little competition as well. Travelers can browse the suggested list of lodgings for spots to sleep over.

Hancock Shaker Supper in Hancock, MA

It’s never easy to see Thanksgiving go. In the Berkshires, a Hancock Shaker Supper is an excellent way to extend it. On November 29, the weekend following the holiday, Hancock Shaker Village will host its final Shaker Supper, which offers equal parts exploration, entertainment and eating.

Shaker Village

Photo: A look inside Hancock Shaker Village

The experience begins at 4 p.m. in the afternoon, when partakers will be guided on a tour of the historic village before heading off to a cider and cheese reception. From there, a Shaker concert will be followed by dinner, which typically serves up soup, salad, veggies, pot roast, pot pie and dessert. Tickets are priced at $65 for members and $75 for non-members, while the Berkshire Inn is only a ten-minute drive away for sleeping over.

To learn more about the various events taking place around Massachusetts during the next few months, just click here. You can also take an advance look at Thanksgiving festivities in Massachusetts here.

What’s your favorite local Thanksgiving event? Tell us below in the comments!

Photo at the top courtesy of America’s Hometown Thanksgiving via Facebook

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