Save the date and plan to join us in June for the Fifth Annual Battle of the Botanicals on Wednesday, June 10, 202! Details on restaurants, tickets, and more to come!


Battle Champion — Best Cocktail: Homestead.
People’s Choice — Best Food: The Alvah Stone
Judge’s Choice — Best food: 30Boltwood

Thank you to our restaurant teams, sponsors, and to all who join us for another fun year of Battle of the Botanicals. Check out the 2019 Battle Program to read about each participating restaurant’s chef and bartender.


Kaiju | Amherst
Bistro 63 | Amherst | 2018 Winner
30Boltwood | Amherst
The Alvah Stone | Montague
Homestead. | Northampton
Johnny’s Tavern | Amherst


Esselon Cafe & Coffee Roasting | Hadley
Minim Juicery | Iconica Social Club | Northampton

Stay for the afterparty! In response to your feedback, this year there’s more to enjoy after the winner is crowned: DJ Just Joan is ready for a dance party, and Santo Taco is bringing their delicious, authentic Mexican street food for you to purchase and enjoy on the patio! Specializing in tacos with seasonably local, organic and sustainable products, Santo Taco also offers vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options. Their homemade salsas can’t be beat!

VIP package: Beat the line and get early access to the event!  Enjoy an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour with this year’s teams starting at 5:15; hear about their techniques and approach to the competition, learn about the botanical features they selected, sample their creations early, and receive a complimentary beer or wine.  Plus, view the competition during the event from the VIP viewing section, above the bustle of the crowd, on the entry-level mezzanine directly facing the stage.  VIP package limited to 50 people.

Thank you to our Presenting Sponsors – your support helps us to bring our environmental education programming to over 13,000 people each year!

Download the 2018 Battle Program complete with recipes,
chef and bartender biographies.

Did you catch us on 93.9 The River?

The River, event spot 1.

The River, event spot 2.

A few images from Battle of the Botanicals:

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