The two-week Newport Winter Festival in Newport, RI, happening February 14 to 23 this year, is a series of fun events that warm up the mid-winter in this beautiful coastal city. The range of happenings is broad, including beach polo, music of Margaritaville, comedy, magic, and princess and teddy bear parties for the little ones. For this post we are focusing on food to warm the belly and the soul. You can see the entire range of fest events at Newport Winter Festival’s website and at our Fairs and Festivals pages.
Friday February 14 — Polar Pineapples at Gurney’s Newport Resort, 1 Goat Island. Cocktails, ice bar, firepits, and glorious views, as chefs serve up their most creative cocktails. 3 p.m. Repeats February 15, Map
Saturday February 15 — Chili Cook-Off by Sam Adams at Gurney’s Newport Resort. Restaurants and caterers compete to make the best chili in town. Beer specials courtesy of Sam Adams. 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Map
Tuesday February 18 — Sam Adams Beer Dinner at the Mooring Seafood Kitchen & Bar. Brace for hors d’oeuvres followed by a four-course meal paired with five Sam Adams beers introduced by Sam Adams guides. Mooring chefs dig into their imaginations for this meal. 6 p.m. Map
Thursday February 20 — Best Hot Drink Contest at Red Parrot Restaurant, 348 Thames Street. Warm up at this competitive event with creative and tasty hot drinks. 9 p.m. Map
Saturday February 22 — Mac & Cheese Smackdown at Newport Marriott. Chefs compete to serve their best macaroni and cheese creations. 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Map
Saturday February 22 — Après Beach Polo Gathering at the Chanler at Cliff Walk. Toast with the teams that competed in beach polo and enjoy heaters, lounge seating, and fire pit overlooking Narragansett Bay. There will be a cash bar serving hot chocolate and warm adult drinks, s’mores and cookies. https://g.page/TheChanler?share