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News Bites: RI DEM License for Direct Seafood Sales / Ocean State Coalition Letter to Diners / Delta Dental “Share a Smile” Restaurant Gift Card Campaign

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Updates on current local food and drink news in Rhode Island featuring: RI DEM License for Direct Seafood Sales / Ocean State Coalition Letter to Diners / Delta Dental “Share a Smile” Restaurant Gift Card Campaign

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Resource Links for Small Businesses During COVID-19 Crisis

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We’re All In This Together ¿Necesitas COVID-19 recursos en español? Por favor, póngase en contacto con Dorcas International. There are a number of resources–on the national level, state level and municipal level–that have been enacted to help small businesses during this time of great need. I receive dozens of messages and emails each day asking [….]

2019 Farmers Market

Active2020 Farmers Market at Blackbird Farm

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  • June 14, 2020 - October 11, 2020
    10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Application Fee$335.00 (USD)  

Sundays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., June 14 through October 11

Blackbird Farm Stand
660 Douglas Pike, Smithfield, RI 02917

Thank you for your interest in applying to the Eat Drink RI Farmers Market at Blackbird Farm. 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.

2019 Farmers Market
2019 Farmers Market

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 11, 2020 naming:

Blackbird Farm
660 Douglas Pike
Smithfield, RI 02917

WEATHER POLICY: Markets go on rain or shine unless cancelled by Eat Drink RI and Blackbird Farm. Cancellation of a market due to severe weather is decided solely by Eat Drink RI and 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 Eat Drink RI and 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. Eat Drink RI and 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.

2019 Farmers Market
2019 Farmers Market

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 MARKET FEE (see below): by Sunday, June 7, 2020.

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.

  • Market fee: $335 (approximately $18.61/week)

Acceptance into the market is at the discretion of Eat Drink RI and Blackbird Farm.

Vendor’s payment of $335 fee indicates that Vendor has read and understands the above 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 Eat Drink RI Farmers Market.

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Click the ADD TO EVENT CART button to fill out the registration form and pay online via credit card.

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EDRIF Chefs Collaborative Fundraiser

ExpiredEat Drink RI Festival 2020 Chefs Collaborative Fundraiser

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  • March 30, 2020
    11:10 pm
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Dining events like this come along once in a lifetime–literally. This combination of chefs have never created a meal together before and may not again with the timings of life and locations. This is a group of multiple award winners, James Beard Foundation nominees and leaders of their communities, and one that we’re thrilled to bring together for one night only at scenic Newport Vineyards.

On top of being a unique experience, all proceeds from the evening will go to an organization that the chefs and Eat Drink RI have been proud to support for many years. Chefs Collaborative is a national nonprofit network with a mission to inspire, educate, and celebrate chefs and food professionals building a better food system. There will also be some one-of-a-kind auction items at the event for guests to help further support Chefs Collaborative.

Our hosts at Newport Vineyards are generously pairing each course with their locally grown and produced wines along with beers from sister company Taproot Brewing Company. As much of the menu items as possible will be locally-sourced for an experience that showcases Rhode Island and the surrounding area through the talent of these seven chefs.

Preview the Chefs Collaborative Fundraiser Menu (coming soon)

Chefs Collaborative Fundraiser tickets are $150 and are all-inclusive. The evening will begin with a 5 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.