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Rhode Island crackles with foodie happenings: tastings, brew fests, cooking classes, farm dinners ... make your reservations!

[fa icon="calendar"] Mar 20, 2018 12:56:29 PM / by Mary Lhowe, Editor,

Mary Lhowe, Editor,

We recently looked at our food events calendar for Rhode Island, and we were a bit stunned to see the variety of things happening all over the state, from farm dinners and brew fests to lots of classes and workshops. See some highlights below. (Not necessarily listed in chronological order.)


Newport Craft Beer Festival 2018 in Newport on April 27-28

This festival celebrates Newport’s 300-year brewing history with guest brewers from as far away as California. Try the craft brews and talk with the makers. Local bands and restaurants will provide music and food. Friday evening is a VIB session at the Newport Storm Brewery. The festival moves to the Lawn of the Great Friends Meeting House on Saturday. Newport Storm Brewery. 293 J.T. Connell Hwy. and Great Friends Meeting House, 21 Farewell Street Newport


Bacon and Beer Fest 2018 in Providence on June 9

 Two dozen local restaurants create their favorite bacon dish paired with a beer from 25 world class breweries. Also: live music, and games. This event will sell out quickly! Produced by the people who bring Beervana Fest and RI Food Fights. Steel Yard, 27 Sims Avenue Providence


Jazz Brunch at Hotel Viking with the Chris Vaillancourt Trio in Newport through March 25

Come and enjoy some smooth sounds and delectable food and beverages at jazz brunch on Sundays. Hotel Viking, 1 Bellevue Avenue Newport.


Eat Drink RI Festival 2018 in  Providence on April 25 to 28

Sommelier Smackdown! April 25, at the Café at East Entertaining, 166 Valley Street, Providence will pit the state’s best sommeliers against each other in a blind wine tasting, followed by a wine and food pairing competition.
Dinner by Dames, on April 26 is a multi-course dinner at Skyline at Waterplace, 1 Finance Way. This female-driven dining experience brings together five of Rhode Island’s most talented chefs.
Truck Stop to benefit the Rhode Island Community Food Bank, 200 Niantic Avenue, returns April 27 to the Food Bank’s huge lot in Providence with over 20 trucks. This annual event features restaurants and local musicians.
Grand Tasting on April 28 at the Rhode Island Convention Center, 1 Sabin Street, features samplings of beer, wine & spirits from local food artisans. There will be six culinary & beverage presentations by chefs and bartenders paired with a local producer to serve some of the best food in the country.


An Evening Uncorked! in Pawtucket on April 7

Celebrate public television while enjoying good food and fine wine. Small bites will be prepared by chefs from 16 of Rhode Island's best restaurants, caterers, and confectioners. Taste imported and domestic vintages. Amy Traverso, food editor at Yankee magazine, will be the featured guest. Silent and live auctions offer boutique wines, gift packages, travel experiences. The Pawtucket Armory, 172 Exchange Street, Pawtucket.


 Several fine events are under the direction of the chef at Ocean House in Watch Hill and Weekapaug Inn in Westerly:

 Farm + Vine Dinner featuring Chef Devin Bozkaya in Watch Hill on April 5

Ocean House hosts Chef Devin Bozkaya of Weekapaug Inn to create hors d’oeuvres and a three-course dinner using ingredients from a local farm. Food is paired with wines from a featured vineyard selected by Ocean House's sommelier. Ocean House, House, 1 Bluff Avenue Watch Hill.


 The Brewmaster’s Social in Westerly on April 19

This is a casual, three-course, family-style meal, where each course is expertly paired with the brewer’s choice of beer. We are featuring micro-breweries of New England led by Anne Becerra, beer sommelier. Weekapaug Inn, Spray Rock Road Westerly


Ocean House Culinary Boot Camp in Watch Hill on April 19 to 21

 Ocean House's culinary team guide you in the 3,000-square-foot Center for Wine & Culinary Arts. Learn about knife safety and sharpening, preparing canapés and hors d’oeuvres, wine pairings, how to select seasonal ingredients and more. 


Mother’s Day Meal in COAST in  Watch Hill on May 13

Make Ocean House the setting of a memorable Mother’s Day celebration. Long views over the Atlantic, inspired Five-Star cuisine and world-class service make this the perfect occasion for a Mother's Day celebration. Savor a three-course prix-fixe meal. This event is for adults. Ocean House, 1 Bluff Avenue Watch Hill



Mary Lhowe, Editor,

Written by Mary Lhowe, Editor,

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