2018 Rhode Island: January to June 2018
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Food Events
(See also: 2014)
February 14, 2018
VALENTINE'S DAY - Nationwide
Most of the more than 1/2 million restaurants in the U.S. have special events scheduled for today. They are too numerous to list.
February 17-24, 2018
National FFA Week - Nationwide
the week of George Washington's birthday as National FFA Week in recognition of his legacy as an agriculturist and farmer.
March 2-11, 2018 Newport Restaurant Week
Newport & Bristol County, Rhode Island
Prepare your taste buds for mouthwatering menus this season! Enjoy special events including cooking classes, culinary walking tours, and affordable palate pleasing lodging packages. Here’s a great way to experience a new restaurant or visit an old favorite.
March 5-9, 2018 National School Breakfast Week - Nationwide
School Nutrition Association. 'Make the Grade with School Breakfast’
March 20, 2018 'AgDay' National Agriculture Day - Nationwide
A day to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture.
April 22, 2018 Earth Day - Worldwide
The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970 is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. Growing out of the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network (EDN) works with over 22,000 partners in 192 countries to broaden, diversify and mobilize the environmental movement. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.
May 13, 2018 MOTHER'S DAY - Nationwide
Most restaurants in the U.S. have special events scheduled for today. They are too numerous to list.
May 19, 2018
RI Wool and Fiber Festival
Bristol, Rhode Island
The art of producing and working with natural fibers and traditional craft skills will take center stage at the 9th Annual Rhode Island Fiber Festival and Craft Fair at Coggeshall Farm Museum from 10am to 4pm. Against a backdrop of a working 18th-century farm, artisans and craftspeople from across the Northeast will come together for a day of public celebration and exhibition.
May 19-20, 2018 Newport Waterfront Oyster Festival
Newport, Rhode Island
Two days to savor fresh oysters from all over Rhode Island, meet the growers, the shuckers. Join us in a festival where you'll actually be helping aquaculture and local environment! Rhode Island oyster growers will join a select group of local restaurants on the waterfront under festival tents at historic Bowen's Wharf. Oysters draw their unique flavors from their environment. Rhode Island is home to many miles of clean coastline and upwards of 45 oyster farms. Each one is different, so this is your big chance to taste a bunch of them along with the accompanying sauces, beverages, and learn serving techniques. Fun contests, wine pairings and cocktails will run concurrent alongside education about how oyster farming and aquaculture is good for the environment and our coastlines. Locally owned restaurants will participate in an oyster hop so festival attendees can enjoy more oyster dishes off-site: Steamed, Roasted, Rockefeller, Fried, Stewed...as they say, the world is your oyster!
May 27, 2018 BIMI Chowda' Fest - Block Island, Rhode Island
Block Island Maritime Institute, 3 to 5pm. Great chowder, especially clam chowder, is just this side of heaven in a bowl. East Coast chowders range from milky white New England-style, to tomato-based New York-style, to the briny clear broth that’s the hallmark of Rhode Island-style. Pros and amateurs alike hone their recipes for months, even years, before entering this competition. And why not? The winner takes home bragging rights for years to come. It’s not uncommon to see “Winner of the Block Island Chowda Fest on various island restaurant menus.
June 2, 2018 Great Chowder Cook-Off - Newport, Rhode Island
Fort Adams State Park. The legendary Great Chowder Cook-Off officially kicks off summer in Newport. The original and longest running chowder championship draws competitors and crowds from across the country. Attendees enjoy endless samples of traditional and exotic creations from dozens of restaurants and then vote for the best in three categories: Clam, Seafood and Creative. The winners walk away with overflowing prize pots and bragging rights for the year. Live entertainment, food and bar options, kids’ activities.
June 30, 2018 Zoobilee! Feast with the Beasts
Providence, Rhode Island
Roger Williams Park Zoo. Zoobilee is the Zoo's largest annual fundraiser. Each year partygoers enjoy fine fare from dozens of the area's best restaurants, caterers and bars, as well as fabulous entertainment including live music and dancing, and other fun surprises! Proceeds from the fundraiser will directly support the Zoo’s environmental education programs, Zoo improvements, and conservation initiatives that are working to save threatened and endangered species both locally and around the world. Even if you can't join the party, you can still have fun while supporting the Zoo, thanks to the Zoobilee online auction, featuring a wide array of items, from animal encounters to sports memorabilia, animal artwork, vacation getaways and more. All proceeds from the event and the auction help to support the Zoo's environmental education and wildlife conservation programs!