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Sommelier Smackdown!

  • April 25, 2018
    6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Eat Drink RI Festival 2017

This year’s festival kicks off with Rhode Island’s first Sommelier Smackdown! at the gorgeous, newly renovated Café at Easy Entertaining! Co-hosted by Certified Sommeliers Ian Magiros of M.S. Walker and Jonathan Feiler of Rhode Island Distributing, this brand new event will pit a handful of our state’s best Certified Sommeliers against each other in a wine theory quiz, a blind wine tasting, and a collaboration with a local chef! Some of our favorite chefs will present small bites with a wine pairing that the sommeliers believe is the perfect complement. Guests will vote on the fan favorite pairing, and judges will tally the points of all three components of the competition to decide who reigns supreme in RI’s wine world.

Competitors in this first Sommelier Smackdown!:

If you’re passionate about wine and would love to learn more about how sommeliers refine their palates and sharpen their ability to recall wines, then this is the event for you.

Sommelier Smackdown! tickets are $50 and include wine tastings, food & wine pairing, and hors d’oeuvres.

Dinner by Dames Seven

  • April 26, 2018
    6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Dinner by Dames 2017 Group. Photo by Stacey Doyle Photography
Dinner by Dames 2017 Group. Photo by Stacey Doyle Photography

One of Rhode Island’s most popular dining series, Dinner by Dames, returns for it’s seventh installment at this seventh Eat Drink RI Festival. This dining experience brings together five of Rhode Island’s most talented chefs, Melissa Denmark of Gracie’s and Ellie’s Bakery, Jordan Goldsmith of Moonrose Farm, Maria Meza of El Rancho Grande, Ashley Vanasse of Easy Entertaining Inc. and Jessica Wood of Fire and Water Restaurant Group, for a multi-course dining event. For the 2018 Eat Drink RI Festival we’ve added three guest Dames: Lisa Lofberg of Little MossRebecca Lentrichia of Renaissance Providence Downtown Hotel and Caitlyn McGuire of Ellie’s Bakery.

To make the evening that much more special, Jen Davis of The Eddy, along with a group of RI’s top bartenders—Cassie Coutard of Courtland Club and New Harvest Coffee & Spirits, Megan Freitas of Durk’s Bar•B•Q, Sam RoydsElizabeth Sawtelle of Nicks on Broadway, Britt Simons of Persimmon and Kayleigh Speck of The East End—are creating cocktail pairings for each course with spirits very kindly provided by Origin Beverage CoDinner by Dames will once again be held at the beautiful Skyline at Waterplace in downtown Providence.

View the Dinner by Dames Seven Menu (PDF)

In addition, the Festival Dinner by Dames coincides with this year’s Paint the Town RED to benefit AIDS Care Ocean State’s mission of providing quality housing, case management, medical and nursing care, and prevention to those affected by or at risk for HIV infection. Eat Drink RI President David Dadekian is a co-chair of the dining event and is proud to donate a portion of Dames proceeds to AIDS Care Ocean State.

Skyline at Waterplace Origin Beverage Co. Paint the Town RED

Dinner by Dames tickets are $160 and are all-inclusive. The evening will begin with a 6 p.m. cocktail reception with welcome bites, then moving into a six-course dinner with cocktail pairings and more.

Due to the limitations of the venue we are regrettably unable to accommodate any alternative menu/allergen requests other than a vegetarian option. Thank you in advance for your understanding on this matter.

Truck Stop to benefit the Rhode Island Community Food Bank

  • April 27, 2018
    5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Rhode Island Community Food Bank
Every year we keep growing the Truck Stop to benefit the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. We’re back at the Food Bank’s huge lot in Providence where we’ve got twenty-four mobile food vendors and a trio of local beverage greats! This sixth annual Truck Stop showcases even more of the excellence and variety of Rhode Island’s mobile restaurants, features local musicians the Superchief Trio, and also benefits an organization dedicated to ending hunger.

Tickets are $85, which includes food from all the trucks and one beverage of your choosing, additional drinks are available to purchase. This is a rain or shine event. Truck Stop tickets are on sale through the R.I. Community Food Bank.

Eat Drink RI Festival 2017 Truck Stop. Photo by Peter Goldberg
Eat Drink RI Festival 2017 Truck Stop. Photo by Peter Goldberg

Participating Food Trucks:

Beverages provided by:

Truck Stop Festival Sponsor
Stop & Shop
Mobile Catering Truck Sponsor
Gourmet Food Truck Sponsors
Collette Travel Services Webster Bank Washington Trust

Truck Stop tickets are on sale through the R.I. Community Food Bank.

Grand Tasting

  • April 28, 2018
    12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Eat Drink RI Festival 2017 Grand Tasting
Eat Drink RI Festival 2017 Grand Tasting

The Eat Drink RI Festival Grand Tasting features samplings of over sixty locally produced beer, wine & spirits, as well as an abundance of local food artisans in Hall D of the Rhode Island Convention Center. During the Tasting there will be all-new local food & drink presentations on the Frigidaire Professional Presentation Stage sponsored and provided by Wickford Appliance featuring Rhode Island’s top chefs paired with a local producer to wow attendees with some of the best food in the country, all included with admission to the Grand Tasting.

We’re adding a 2nd food & drink presentation area at this year’s Festival Grand Tasting. Get a floor-level, up-close look at the detail work & techniques of these chefs and artisans with this more interactive and intimate show area.

For the full list of Grand Tasting tables and participants, please see the Exhibitors page (continually updated).

Grand Tasting tickets are $75 and includes all food and beverage samplings offered and Local Food & Drink Presentations

26 thoughts on “Eat Drink RI Festival 2018 Tickets”

  1. any last minute tix available at the door tonight for the Sommelier Smackdown!? I’m flying solo this evening and would love to attend!

    1. Kids are allowed, tickets are required for ages 11 and older. There is liquor present and all the tables are fully staffed, but we do ask you to be aware. Thank you!

    1. No, this is a private fundraiser for the RI Food Bank. The trucks aren’t serving regular menu items. But Food Truck Friday at Roger Williams Park begins the following week (May 5th)!

  2. Hi David, I purchased 2 tickets for the grand brunch, it did go through my account but I have not gotten the confirmation email.
    Thanks, Peg & Shawn

  3. I waited and waited for the food truck festival tickets to go on sale and checked the site often. Today I looked and it said “sold out”. Is it true and when were they even on sale. Very disappointed.

    1. The Truck Stop has not gone on sale yet. There will be notices on Facebook, the newsletter and other media when tickets are released (the Food Bank is planning for 2nd week of March, but don’t quote me yet).

      1. Absolutely! The Festival has been a tremendous supporter of arts education opportunities for students in inner-city schools, including programs offered by the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School that reach almost 25,000 children each year. Where else can you experience food from so many great chefs and provide opportunities for kids to learn and create? It’s guilt-free eating!

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