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

Eat Drink RI Festival — April 24 – 27, 2019

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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, [….]

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

ExpiredEat Drink RI Festival 2019 Rhody Women’s Feast

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  • April 25, 2019
    6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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” HeywardAndrea 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 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.

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

ExpiredEat Drink RI Festival 2019 Grand Tasting

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  • April 27, 2019
    12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

2018 Eat Drink RI Festival Grand Tasting, photo by Brad Smith Photography
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 (continually updated).

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

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2018 Eat Drink RI Festival Grand Tasting, photos by Brad Smith Photography
2018 Sommelier Punchdown, photo by JWessel Photography

ExpiredEat Drink RI Festival 2019 Sommelier Punchdown

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  • April 24, 2019
    6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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

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