Now in it’s seventh year, the Eat Drink RI Festival is expanding to be an even bigger, better and more delicious showcase of the culinary world in Rhode Island.
This year’s festival kicks off Wednesday, April 25 with Rhode Island’s first Sommelier Smackdown! This brand new event will pit a handful of our state’s best sommeliers against each other in a blind wine tasting, followed by a wine and food pairing competition decided on by guests. If you’re passionate about wine or would love to learn more about how sommeliers refine their palates and sharpen their ability to recall wines, this is the event for you.
Thursday, April 26th is the seventh installment of Dinner by Dames, a unique experience bringing together a group of Rhode Island’s most talented chefs & bartenders for a multi-course dining event held at Skyline at Waterplace in downtown Providence. This year’s Dinner by Dames is a part of Paint the Town (RED) to benefit AIDS Care Ocean State.
On the evening of Friday, April 27, Truck Stop to benefit the Rhode Island Community Food Bank returns to the Food Bank’s huge lot in Providence with over 20 trucks—the largest gathering of its kind in New England. This sixth 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.
The Grand Tasting Saturday, April 28 features samplings of locally produced beer, wine & spirits, as well as an abundance of local food artisans at the Rhode Island Convention Center. During the Tasting there will be several Culinary Demonstrations featuring Rhode Island’s top chefs paired with a local producer to wow attendees with some of the best food in the country.