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Eat Drink RI Festival + GIVEAWAY
Did you know that Providence ranked #1 for Food/Drink/Restaurants inTravel + Leisure’s “America’s Favorite Cities 2012?”
It’s not hard to imagine, since we have some of the best food I’ve ever eaten. And I’m not just saying that because I live here (well, maybe a little); I’m saying it because I’ve traveled through and have lived in other states throughout the country and when I think of “good food,” my head (and stomach) always finds it way back to little Rhody.
In other words, you wanna eat here.
In celebration of the culinary world of RI, Eat Drink RI Festival is set to take the stage as the state’s very first three-day local food festival. Taking place Friday, April 19th through Sunday, April 21st, the inaugural festival will be held throughout downtown Providence and boasts a line-up that’s second to none.
The Eat Drink RI Festival will feature a star-studded line-up of over 40 chefs, farmers, bartenders and producers including: James Beard Foundation Best Chef Northeast semifinalist Champe Speidel of Persimmon, Blackbird Farm, Jonathan Edwards Winery, James Beard Foundation Rising Star semifinalist Benjamin Sukle of The Dorrance, United States Bartenders’ Guild RI, Revival Brewing, Allen Farms, Dave’s Coffee, among others.
Check out the amazing schedule of events taking place throughout the weekend:
FRIDAY, APRIL 19
Truck Stop to benefit the Rhode Island Community Food Bank- Kennedy Plaza, downtown
Enjoy tastings from 10 of the best mobile restaurants that RI has to offer– from Clam Jammers to Mijos Tacos to Rocket Fine Street Food (and more)–with pairings by Jonathan Edwards Winery and Narragansett Brewery + entertainment. Proceeds benefit the food bank and families struggling to put food on their tables. How can you NOT go to this?
Cocktail Couture – Providence Biltmore Garden Room
Presented in partnership with StyleWeek Northeast, Cocktail Couture will pair the talents of Rhode Island fashion with the talents found behind the bar. The event will feature the works of local designers including Jessica Abernethy, Jonathan Joseph Peters and Nick Pini; with specialty cocktails created by Little Bitte Artisanal Cocktails. A portion of the proceeds will benefit AIDS Care Ocean State.
SATURDAY, APRIL 20
Education Panels – Providence Biltmore L’Apogee
Day two will begin with four panels dedicated to educating and entertaining attendees on the abundance and quality of local food and drink:
• Slice & Dice: Hosted by Curt Columbus, food enthusiast and Artistic Director of Trinity Repertory Company, this roundtable with chefs from Gracie’s, Nick’s on Broadway, Persimmon and Tazza will speak to the essential know-how’s of cooking in Rhode Island.
• Eat Local: Featuring local growers including Allen Farms, Aquidneck Honey and Blackbird Farm, the discussion will focus on the initiatives of this vital business and the process of farm to table.
• Taste of Terroir: Embracing the true flavors of New England earth, Jonathan Edwards and other area winemakers will take a journey through local wine regions.
• Brewing in Rhode Island: Discussion and tasting with local microbrewers including Revival Brewing and Ravenous Brewing Company.
Grand Tasting presented by Providence Monthly – Providence Biltmore Grand Ballroom
As the main Festival event, the Grand Tasting will feature beer, wine and spirit tastings as well as products from local food artisans. The highly anticipated demonstrations, The Tastemakers, will pair the region’s top chefs with local farmers to showcase the best in farm-to-fork cuisine.
SUNDAY, APRIL 21
Grand Brunch – Gracie’s
The Festival will come to a close at Gracie’s, Providence’s only AAA Four-Diamond restaurant; with dishes prepared by several of the area’s top culinary stars including: Gracie’s own Melissa Denmark, Food & Wine “People’s Best New Pastry Chef 2012” nominee; local pioneer Jonathan Cambra; vegetarian stars Jon Dille and Jordan Goldsmith; Momofuku alum James Mark; local WJAR NBC’s Chef Kaitlyn Roberts of Easy Entertaining Inc.; Joe Simone of PBS’s The Chefs of Cucina Amore; and two-time James Beard Foundation Rising Star nominee Derek Wagner. Artisan cocktails will be provided by members of the United States Bartenders’ Guild, RI Chapter, one of the fastest growing chapters in the country. In addition, the brunch will be accompanied by live performances from the Rhode Island Philharmonic, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Philharmonic’s Music Education programs.
ARE YOU ALL AS EXCITED AS I AM??? Or maybe you’re just all really hungry now. Either way, Eat Drink RI Festival is a food event not-to-be-missed!
But, wait.. I’m giving away a PRIZE. With a capital P.
I have 2 sets of 2 tickets to Saturday’s GRAND TASTING event to give away! Two winners will be randomly chosen next Monday, March 25th! Each set of tickets are a $200 value!!!
All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below about what part of the festival you’re most excited about.
Who will we see there???
** Eat Drink RI is the brainchild of David Dadekian, local food writer/photographer, private chef and cooking instructor, and is one of the top online outlets in the region for all things culinary. Created in 2010, the news resource covers local food events, chefs & restaurants, the beverage industry, and locally-produced artisanal products. In partnership with Brendan Chipley Roane, Director of Marketing & Events for Gracie’s, Dadekian launches the Eat Drink RI Festival.
Enjoy a clip from chef David Dadekian and Gracie’s DOM Brendan Chipley’s recent feature on The Rhode Show!