The 8th Annual Eat Drink RI Festival is a celebration showcasing the best of the culinary world in Rhode Island. Presenting farmers, chefs, bartenders and food & drink artisans from across the region, this year’s Festival features the return of our popular wine professional competition, an all-new women-prepared dining event, the area’s largest food truck event, [….]
- 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
2018 Eat Drink RI Festival Grand Tasting, photos by Brad Smith Photography
- April 24, 2019
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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:
- 2018 Returning Champion Ali Innes of bin 312 wine cellar and Benjamin Sukle of birch and Oberlin
- Justin Bothur of Oyster Club and Ashley Vanasse of Easy Entertaining
- Joe Hageman of Cellarology and Chris Champagne of 84 Ale Works
- Nick Seminara of City Winery Boston and Terence Feury of Forty 1° North
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.