BOSTON (AP) — Thousands of people waited out in the sun Saturday at a hot City Hall Plaza, and some for over 45 minutes, to get a taste of their favorite delicacy–pizza.

Saturday was the first day of the first annual Boston Pizza Festival.


“The name of the game is to keep eating.”

Those were some of the crowd responses to the variety of pizzas being served at the event.

Over 200 vendors are taking part in the event, and event organizer Jean-Carlo Natale said there’s a good reason for the festival.

“We have such great pizza and we don’t get enough recognition for it,” Natale said.

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Boston Festival 2017. (WBZ-TV)

Between slices, visitors can learn how to make pizza from experts of the craft and watch pie-tossing performances from pizza acrobats.

Vendors will make their pizza in 30 hand-crafted ovens supplied for the event. The celebration was inspired by a popular festival held every year in Naples, Italy.

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Organizers say they have sold more than 8,000 tickets for the Boston festival so far. They expect it to continue as an annual event.

(© Copyright 2017 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

  1. Organization of this event could not have been worse. Lines over an hour long for people who prepaid, lines over half an hour for beer/wine, lines for pizza everywhere you turn. Complete waste of money.

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