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, [….]

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
Eat Drink RI Festival 2017 Grand Tasting

ExpiredGrand Tasting

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  • 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