2018 Sommelier Punchdown, photo by JWessel Photography

UpcomingEat Drink RI Festival 2019 Sommelier Punchdown

Published on :
  • April 24, 2019
    6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Details Price Qty
General Admission $50.00 (USD)  

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

UpcomingGrand Tasting Vendor/Exhibitor Contract 2019

Published on :
  • April 27, 2019
    12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
We're sorry, but all ticket sales have ended.

Please visit this page to purchase an ad in our Grand Tasting program book.

Vendors/Exhibitors will receive:

  • One 6’ skirted table
  • Cleaning, ice and trash services
  • Festival signage (8 ½” x 11”)
  • Tasting glasses provided to attendees
  • A listing with a link to your website on the “Grand Tasting” page of the Festival site, as well as your logo and products listed, if necessary, in the Festival program

Vendors/Exhibitors will provide:

  • Plastic serving dishes, flatware, toothpicks, napkins, etc., if your product requires it
  • Plastic glassware if preferred
  • Any marketing materials or décor you’d like for your table
  • Access to electricity must be indicated on registration form otherwise may not be available to your table

In an effort to contain costs and offer an upgraded experience, the Tasting is in a new location this year across two areas of the top floor of the RI Convention Center.

Vendors/Exhibitors who produce their products within Rhode Island are $375

All other Exhibitor Tables are $450

Tables in the BALLROOM:
Vendors/Exhibitors who produce their products within Rhode Island are $325

All other Exhibitor Tables are $395

Below are sample photos from the Convention Center showing the spaces, but will not be what our set up looks like. There will be cooking demo areas in all three spaces.

RICC Rotunda
RICC Rotunda

RICC Prefunction
RICC Prefunction

RICC Ballroom D/E
RICC Ballroom D/E

RICC Floorplan - Areas in red are for Grand Tasting
RICC Floorplan – Areas in red are for Grand Tasting

You may download a PDF of this form here, complete and mail it, along with a check made payable to:
Eat Drink RI LLC, 1061 Fish Hill Rd. Coventry, RI 02816

Please submit the following items to david@eatdrinkri.com:

  • Two certificates of general liability insurance in the amount of $1,000,000 minimum liability coverage for the date April 27, 2019 naming:
    • Eat Drink RI LLC
      1061 Fish Hill Rd.
      Coventry, RI 02816
    • Rhode Island Convention Center
      1 Sabin St.
      Providence, RI 02903
  • If mailing these insurance certificates, please send both to Eat Drink RI LLC, 1061 Fish Hill Rd. Coventry, RI 02816
  • Your logo in one of these formats: Photoshop, Illustrator, JPEG, PDF, TIFF, EPS. Logo should be at least 72 dpi @ 1200 pixels wide.
  • Your final tasting selections, if necessary, must be emailed no later than Wednesday, April 10, 2019 for inclusion in the printed program book.
Eat Drink RI Festival 2017 Grand Tasting

ExpiredGrand Tasting

Published on :
  • April 28, 2018
    12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Eat Drink RI Festival 2017 Grand Tasting
Eat Drink RI Festival 2017 Grand Tasting

The Eat Drink RI Festival Grand Tasting features samplings of over sixty locally produced beer, wine & spirits, as well as an abundance of local food artisans in Hall D of the Rhode Island Convention Center. During the Tasting there will be all-new local food & drink presentations on the Frigidaire Professional Presentation Stage sponsored and provided by Wickford Appliance featuring Rhode Island’s top chefs paired with a local producer to wow attendees with some of the best food in the country, all included with admission to the Grand Tasting.

We’re adding a 2nd food & drink presentation area at this year’s Festival Grand Tasting. Get a floor-level, up-close look at the detail work & techniques of these chefs and artisans with this more interactive and intimate show area.

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

Dinner by Dames 2017 Group. Photo by Stacey Doyle Photography

ExpiredDinner by Dames

Published on :
  • April 26, 2018
    6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Dinner by Dames 2017 Group. Photo by Stacey Doyle Photography
Dinner by Dames 2017 Group. Photo by Stacey Doyle Photography

One of Rhode Island’s most popular dining series, Dinner by Dames, returns for it’s seventh installment at this seventh Eat Drink RI Festival. This female-driven dining experience brings together five of Rhode Island’s most talented chefs—Melissa Denmark of Gracie’s and Ellie’s Bakery, Jordan Goldsmith of Moonrose Farm, Maria Meza of El Rancho Grande, Ashley Vanasse of Easy Entertaining Inc. and Jessica Wood of Fire and Water Restaurant Group—for a multi-course dining event. For the 2018 Eat Drink RI Festival we’ve added three guest Dames: Lisa Lofberg of Little MossRebecca Lentrichia of Renaissance Providence Downtown Hotel and Caitlyn McGuire of Ellie’s Bakery.

To make the evening that much more special Jen Davis, of The Eddy, along with a group of RI’s top bartenders—Cassie Coutard of Courtland Club and New Harvest Coffee & Spirits, Megan Freitas of Durk’s Bar•B•Q, Sam RoydsElizabeth Sawtelle of Nicks on Broadway, Britt Simons of Persimmon and Kayleigh Speck of The East End—are creating cocktail pairings for each course with spirits very kindly provided by Origin Beverage CoDinner by Dames will once again be held at the beautiful Skyline at Waterplace in downtown Providence.

View the Dinner by Dames Seven Menu (PDF)

In addition, the Festival Dinner by Dames coincides with this year’s Paint the Town RED to benefit AIDS Care Ocean State’s mission of providing quality housing, case management, medical and nursing care, and prevention to those affected by or at risk for HIV infection. Eat Drink RI President David Dadekian is a co-chair of the dining event and is proud to donate a portion of Dames proceeds to AIDS Care Ocean State.


Skyline at Waterplace Origin Beverage Co. Paint the Town RED

Dinner by Dames tickets are $160 and are all-inclusive. The evening will begin with a 6 p.m. cocktail reception with welcome bites, then moving into a six-course dinner with cocktail 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.