Sommelier Punchdown

  • April 24, 2019
    6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    Sprout CoWorking, Providence

2018 Eat Drink RI Festival Sommelier Punchdown, photo by JWessel Photography

This year’s festival kicks off with Rhode Island’s second Sommelier Punchdown at the new event venue at Sprout CoWorking! Co-hosted by Certified Sommeliers Ian Magiros of M.S. Walker and Jonathan Feiler of Ocean House, this event sees a handful of our state’s best Certified Sommeliers pitted 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 Magiros & Feiler will tally the points of all three components of the competition to decide who reigns supreme in the southern New England wine world.

2019 Punchdown competing Certified Sommeliers and their pairing chefs:

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 Punchdown tickets are $50 and include welcome bubbles & hors d’oeuvres, wine tastings and food & wine pairing.

2018 Eat Drink RI Festival Sommelier Punchdown photos by JWessel Photography

Rhody Women’s Feast

  • April 25, 2019
    6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
    Revival Foodworks & Brewery, Cranston

Chef Maria Meza's Pork Loin & Beef Sirloin a la parilla
Chef Maria Meza’s Pork Loin & Beef Sirloin a la parilla

We’ve got something all-new and exciting for this year’s Festival. The Rhody Women’s Feast is a dining experience prepared by some of Rhode Island’s most talented female chefs—Jennifer Backman of The Mooring Seafood Kitchen & Bar, Shylicia “Shy” Heyward, Andrea LaFazia of The Locals, Rebecca Lentrichia of Renaissance Providence Downtown HotelMaria Meza of El Rancho GrandeGina Pezza of Vanda and Lizzie Fink of Bread Box Baking Company—for a multi-course dining event.

For this Festival event we’re taking over the brand new Revival Foodworks & Brewery in Cranston, and spirits are being provided by two women-owned distilleries: Boston Harbor Distillery and Pomp & Whimsy Gin Liqueur. Meats will be supplied by Ann Marie Bouthillette of Blackbird Farm in Smithfield, RI. In addition, proceeds from the Rhody Women’s Feast will benefit the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island who’s mission is to invest in women and girls through research, advocacy, grant making and strategic partnerships designed to advance gender equity through systemic change.

Preview the Rhody Women’s Feast Menu (PDF, menu subject to change)

Revival Foodworks & Brewery
Blackbird Farm
Boston Harbor Distillery
Pomp & Whimsy Gin Liqueur
Jonathan Edwards Winery
Women's Fund of Rhode Island

Rhody Women’s Feast tickets are $140 and are all-inclusive. The evening will begin with a 6 p.m. cocktail reception with passed hors d’oeuvres, then moving into a multi-course dinner with cocktails, wine 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 26, 2019
    5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    RI Community Food Bank, Providence
Rhode Island Community Food Bank

The top annual fundraising event for the Rhode Island Community Food Bank is back! The Eat Drink RI Festival Truck Stop returns to the Food Bank’s huge lot in Providence where we’ve got twenty-one mobile food vendors and a trio of local beverage greats! This seventh 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 Rhode Island Community Food Bank!

Participating Food Trucks:

Eat Drink RI Festival 2018 Truck Stop, photo by David Dadekian
Eat Drink RI Festival 2018 Truck Stop, photo by David Dadekian

Beverages provided by:

Street Eats Festival Sponsor 
Street Eats Festival Sponsor Stop & Shop
Mobile Catering Truck Sponsors 
Mobile Catering Truck Sponsor IGT
Mobile Catering Truck Sponsor Washington Trust
Gourmet Food Truck Sponsor 
Gourmet Food Truck Sponsor Webster Bank

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

2018 Eat Drink RI Festival Truck Stop photos by Corey Martineau

Grand Tasting

  • April 27, 2019
    12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    RI Convention Center, Providence

2018 Eat Drink RI Festival Grand Tasting, photo by Brad Smith Photography

The Eat Drink RI Festival Grand Tasting features samplings of over fifty locally produced beer, wine & spirits, as well as an abundance of local food artisans in the Rotunda & Ballroom of the Rhode Island Convention Center.

During the Tasting there will be all-new local food & drink presentations and this year we’re going for maximum interactivity with our presentation areas set in-the-round for attendees to enjoy.

Rotunda Lobby Presentations:

Ballroom Presentations:

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

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

2018 Eat Drink RI Festival Grand Tasting photos by Brad Smith Photography

28 thoughts on “Eat Drink RI Festival 2019 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. 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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