Bostonians Ate, Drank, And Played With Beans At First Beantown Beanfest

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Beantown Beanfest attendees enjoyed beans in all shapes and forms at the first-ever festival on Saturday.

The first annual Beantown Beanfest, held at Boston's Rose Kennedy Greenway, had more than 20 vendors, all with bean-related items. From locally brewed coffee and bean pies to playing cornhole with bean bags, beans were on everyone's mind.

El Colombiano Coffee and the Pot Shop of Boston were featured vendors at the event. Javier Amador-Pena, Founder and Owner of El Colombiano Coffee, said he was glad to see the event promoting community and social responsibility as only local businesses were featured.

The event was put on to raise awareness of the New England Legal Foundation's new initiative to provide free legal aid to underrepresented entrepreneurs that cannot afford counsel.

"What we're trying to do is use beans as an example since it's the great equalizer of food to help us fund over time the Equalizer Institute," said Dan Winslow, President of the New England Legal Foundation.

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The ultimate goal of the Equalizer Institute is to have a free legal clinic in each New England state.

"There's a huge gap right now in the legal ecosystem right now between civil legal aid for the poor and market rate law firms, we need to fill that gap to create opportunity for entrepreneurs to get started," Winslow said.

"Like what we are trying to do with equalizing the playing field and making a common denominator for folks to be able to launch their economic dreams, their American dream, beans are a great equalizer across cultures," said Beanfest Executive Director Christina Knowles.

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