Updates on current local food and drink news in Rhode Island featuring: Eat Drink RI Blackbird Farm Farmers Market Now Open / Urban Greens Grand Opening / Bar ‘Cino Opens in Newport
- June 14, 2019 - October 20, 2019
4:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Fridays, 4 – 7 p.m., June 14 through October 18
Sundays, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., June 16 through October 20
Blackbird Farm Stand
660 Douglas Pike, Smithfield, RI 02917
Thank you for your interest in applying to the Blackbird Farm Farmers Market in partnership with Eat Drink RI. Please review our market requirements below before submitting your application through online registration and credit card payment available by clicking the ADD TO EVENT CART button above.
Farmers markets are for people from all walks of life and all ages who share a common belief that farmers and local producers are a vital part of our community. This market will support the local food economy, showcase a wide variety of products and tap into a region of the state that doesn’t offer an extensive outdoor market other than ours. The Blackbird Farm Farmers Market will support local farmers and producers, improve access to fresh fruits, vegetables and other farm products, encourage sustainability, and educate the community on the importance of local foods. We enforce the below rules:
PREPARED FOODS: Prepared foods must be licensed by the Rhode Island Department of Health. All sampling must follow safe food handling guidelines. For any vendors providing samples or prepared food, we require a copy of your food safety plan in writing at the start of the season.
PRODUCT INSURANCE AND LICENSING: All vendors must carry product liability insurance, appropriate licensing from the RI Department of Health, and all applicable tax and sales permits. Copies must be submitted prior to the first day of the market. Vendors will not be allowed to set-up before these items are provided. A general liability insurance rider is required for June 14 – October 20, 2019 naming:
660 Douglas Pike
Smithfield, RI 02917
WEATHER POLICY: Markets go on rain or shine unless cancelled by Blackbird Farm. Cancellation of a market due to severe weather is decided solely by Blackbird Farm. Vendors shall be notified via email or phone prior to Market set-up time. No refunds will be given.
ATTENDANCE: Market attendance must be consistent. Absences must be based on seasonality of crops or produce. Prior notice of market absence is required. No refunds are provided for early drop-out from markets.
INDEMNIFICATION: Vendor shall indemnify and hold harmless Blackbird Farm from and against any and all liability, claims, demands, damages, expenses, fees, fines, penalties, suits, proceedings, actions and costs of actions (including all attorney’s fees), of any kind or nature arising out of or in any way connected with this Agreement or Vendor’s use of the space(s), sale of goods or conduct of business by Vendor, its agents, servants, employees, customers, patrons or invitees or any act or omission of Vendor, its agents, servants, employees, customers, patrons or invitees. Vendor is responsible for all monies collected from the sale of Vendor’s goods. Blackbird Farm is in no way responsible for any lost or stolen monies or items. This Agreement shall be construed in accordance with the laws of Rhode Island without regard to conflict of law principles and venue for any action arising from this Agreement shall be in Providence County, Rhode Island. This Agreement may not be modified or amended except by a writing signed by the parties.
CERTIFICATION & FOOD SAFETY: Vendors must maintain all appropriate Town and State licenses for their type of goods or food products, provide copies of such to Blackbird Farm and have licenses in their booth at all times. Vendors that serve any food samples that are not prepackaged must comply with state laws and regulations related to food service. Requirements include wearing of plastic gloves and providing a waste receptacle if sampling food.
All product labeling shall be truthful and accurate and adhere to the requirements set forth by the State of Rhode of Island. Any claims, such as organic, pesticide-free, origin, gluten-free, free range, sugar-free, etc. must be substantiated. Any intentionally false claims shall be cause for immediate removal from the Market.
SUBMIT THIS APPLICATION WITH APPLICATION FEE (see below): by Monday, May 13, 2018. Vendors will be notified of their application status and invoiced for the market fee (see below) via email by Friday, May 17, 2018.
FARMERS MARKET FEES:
Fees allow us to pay for market insurance, grounds maintenance, portable restroom with service, market management, printing costs, events at the markets, credit card fees and publicity via Eat Drink RI.
- Application fee: $50
- Market fee: $225 for a single market, Fridays or Sundays (approximately $11.84/week, due by Friday, June 7th)
- Market fee: $395 for both markets, Fridays and Sundays (approximately $10.39/week/market, due by Friday, June 7th)
Acceptance into the market is at the discretion of Blackbird Farm and Eat Drink RI.
Vendor’s payment of $225 or $395 fee indicates that Vendor has read and understands the above Blackbird Farm Farmers Market Policies and Procedures and that any violation of such may result in loss of Farmers Market rental privileges. Vendor acknowledges that such Policies and Procedures may be amended from time to time and agrees to abide by the terms of any such amendments if Vendor continues to vend at the Blackbird Farm Farmers Market.
Click the ADD TO EVENT CART button above to fill out the registration form and pay online via credit card.
- April 25, 2019
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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 Hotel, Maria Meza of El Rancho Grande, Gina 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.
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 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.
- April 27, 2019
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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:
- 1 p.m. Nicks on Broadway’s Chef Derek Wagner on Seafood
- 3 p.m. Renaissance Providence Downtown Hotel’s Chef Rebecca Lentrichia and Blackbird Farm’s Ann Marie Bouthillette on Meatballs
- 12:30 p.m. Newport Vineyards’s Executive Chef Andy Teixeira on Ricotta
- 1:30 p.m. Great Northern BBQ Co.’s Chef Jimmy James Caruso on BBQ
- 2:30 p.m. Basta and Bettola’s Chef Antonio Franco on Prosciutto
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