The 2019 Festival kicks off on April 24th with Rhode Island’s second Sommelier Punchdown! This event proved very popular last year so we’ve moved it to a larger venue. Guests will watch and taste along as a handful of our state’s best Certified Sommeliers are pitted against each other in a wine theory quiz, a blind wine tasting, and a collaboration with a local chef.
On Thursday, April 25th we’ve got something all-new and exciting for this year’s Festival. The Rhody Women’s Feast is a dining experience prepared by some of Rhode Island’s most talented female chefs. It’s a multi-course dining event with a portion of the proceeds going to the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island.
On Friday evening April 26th, the always popular Truck Stop to benefit the Rhode Island Community Food Bank returns to the Food Bank’s huge lot in Providence with 21 trucks—the largest gathering of its kind in New England. This seventh annual Truck Stop showcases even more of the excellence and variety of Rhode Island’s mobile restaurants, features local musicians, and also benefits an organization dedicated to ending hunger.
As always, the Festival closes with the biggest event. Our 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 RI Convention Center. During the Tasting there will be all-new local food & drink presentations, and this year we’re going for maximum interactivity with two presentation areas set in-the-round for attendees to enjoy.