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2015 RHODE ISLAND: January to June 2015
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Food Events

(See also: 2014)

February 14, 2015  VALENTINE'S DAY 2015 - 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.

March 2-6, 2015  National School Breakfast Week 2015 - Nationwide
School Nutrition Association.  'Make the Grade with School Breakfast.'

March 18, 2015  'AgDay' National Agriculture Day - Nationwide
A day to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture.


March 20-29, 2015  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.

April 22, 2015  Earth Day 2015 - Worldwide, Rhode Island
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 10, 2015  MOTHER'S DAY 2015 - Nationwide
Most restaurants in the U.S. have special events scheduled for today. They are too numerous to list.

May 16, 2015  RI Wool and Fiber Festival - Bristol, Rhode Island
The art of working with natural fibers will take center stage at the Rhode Island Wool and Fiber Festival at Coggeshall Farm Museum from 9am to 4pm. Against a backdrop of a working 18th-century farm, artisans, vendors and producers of wool and natural fibers from across the Northeast will come together for a day of public celebration and exhibition.  Interpreters dressed in 18th-century clothing will mingle with visitors as they explore the historic farmhouse and outbuildings.  Observe craft demonstrations, purchase handcrafted items and natural fibers, and watch a master sheep shearer at work on Coggeshall’s own Gulf Coast Natives. Handcrafted local foods, old-fashioned games, kids’ crafts and acoustic music complete the scene.  Compete in the COGGESHALL COOK-OFF!  Do you make the best Syllabub in town? Is your fruit pie legendary? Are you an aspiring chef eager to show your talent?  We invite you to join our first-ever Coggeshall Cook-Off at the RI Wool and Fiber Festival. The theme this year is Early American Desserts. Find a dessert recipe that might have been cooked in the 17th or 18th century, and then start practicing!

June 6, 2015  34th Great Chowder Cook-Off - Newport, Rhode Island
The legendary Polar Seltzer 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 6, 2015  Providence/Boston Food Truck Showdown
Providence, Rhode Island
Who’s got what it takes to be named the best food truck city? We need YOU to decide! Join us as the best trucks from Boston and Providence compete to win over your taste buds at the Providence/Boston Food Truck Showdown. Come support your favorite truck or city & enjoy a variety of gourmet cuisines, live music, and free face painting for the kids! And of course, beer! Check back for contest details and participating trucks.  Where: India Point Park in Providence, RI.  What time: VIP Hour is 11am-12pm; General admission is 12pm-5pm.  How much: VIP tickets are $20; General admission is $5; children under 12 are free.

June 27, 2015  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 2015 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!


2014 Rhode Island: January to June 2014
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Food Events

events waiting for new dates

April 11-14, 2014  ACF Northeast Regional Conference
Providence, Rhode Island
American Culinary Federation.  The 2014 ACF Northeast Regional Conference will take place in Providence, R.I., April 11–14. Chefs, students and foodservice professionals will experience unparalleled educational opportunities, resourceful networking, meeting with old friends and making new ones at The Crowne Plaza Hotel at the Crossings, Warwick, R.I.

May 21, 2014  Annual Food For Thought - Providence, Rhode Island
Over the past 15 years, Food For Thought has become a popular Rhode Island event for food lovers looking to discover new restaurants, to talk to their favorite chefs, to explore live world music, or to simply enjoy unique culinary delights from some of Providence's finest.


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