2018 RHODE ISLAND: OCT to DEC 2018
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Food Events
(See also: 2017 - 2016 - 2015 - 2014 - 2013 - 2012 - 2011)
October 6, 2018
East Providence, Rhode Island
Oktoberfest – our official sendoff to summer, and salute to the arrival of autumn, returns to the waterfront at its new location, Bold Point Park on the East Providence waterfront, back on Columbus Day Weekend, for one day only! Join us for our annual reunion of friends enjoying the tastes, sights, and sounds of our little Bavaria in RI! The Biergartens feature dozens of seasonal, craft, domestic and imported brews, and savory German cuisine compliment the lively and spirited sounds of live entertainment.
October 13-14, 2018 - Bowen's Wharf 28th Annual Seafood Festival
Newport, Rhode Island
Join us for our annual waterfront celebration! Honoring the "Harvest of the Sea," local restaurants and fisherman's associations serve up their most celebrated seafood, continuous live music, face painting and fun for kids of all ages all beneath the Wharf's colorful tents. Attendance: 8,000.
October 14, 2018 45th Annual Harvest Fair - Bristol, Rhode Island
Enjoy a traditional New England autumn fair, complete with demonstrations of historic trades, hands-on children's crafts, unique local vendors, live music and entertainment, and traditional games and competitions. Wear your flashiest rain boots for our Muck Boot Fashion Show, test your endurance in the sawbucking competition, or perfect your aim in the watermelon seed spitting contest. All the flavor of the 18th century, updated for even the staunchest modern types--a uniquely New England experience. Saturday & Sunday 10am-4pm.
October 14, 2018 Annual Rhode Island Harvest BBQ
Exeter, Rhode Island
The Rhode Island Chefs Harvest BBQ is a celebration of the most special time of year in New England, the autumn harvest. With incredible food, drink and an inspired sense of community, it has become one of the best events of the year and was voted Editor’s Choice for Best Chef’s Celebration by RI Monthly! Held in the most beautiful, symbolic and idyllic of settings, the Pond on Schartner Family Farm.
October 15-19, 2018 - National School Lunch Week - Nationwide
School Nutrition Association.
October 17-18, 2018
Commercial Marine Expo
Providence, Rhode Island
Rhode Island Convention Center. If you earn your living on the waterfront, this is the trade show for you! Commercial Marine Expo is the Atlantic Seaboard's largest commercial marine trade show. Whether you are in the military, work the tugs, repair and build ships, or fish for a living, CME is your best opportunity to compare, price and purchase the latest equipment and gear.
October 28, 2018 34th Annual Taste of Newport
Newport, Rhode Island
Child & Family's annual Taste of Newport has become one of the most successful fundraising events in the Rhode Island, supporting those in need within Newport County and beyond. Over 45 of Newport County's best chefs and caterers join together to showcase their culinary expertise and share their delicious creations with over 500 guests. Sit down buffet with appetizers, entrees, desserts and specialty coffees; raffle; silent & live auctions.
November 2-11, 2018 Fall 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.
November 22, 2018 - THANKSGIVING DAY - Nationwide
There are so many events on today they are to numerous to list.
November 29-December 2, 2018 33rd Annual Festival of Lights
Wickford, Rhode Island
Historic Wickford Village. Several days of holiday celebration in this picturesque Rhode Island coastal town. Santa arrives at the town dock aboard the Sea Princess, led by kayaks from The Kayak Centre. Enjoy the tree lighting and hayrides with Santa. Shops are open until 9pm!
December 1-2, 2018 Christmas at the Castle - Wickford, Rhode Island
Experience Christmas time at Smith’s Castle (built in 1678), with the rooms adorned with decorations of fresh greens, the aroma of complimentary hot cider and cookies, live music from an earlier era filling the house from: the Brown University Madrigal Singers (A Capella Concert), St. Luke’s Jubilate Ringers (An English Hand Bell Choir), listen to Dulcimers being played and Bob Chandler playing his beautiful hurdy gurdy. Bring your camera and catch a photo of Father Christmas who will be here on Saturday and Sunday, enjoy dressing up in period garb (another photo opt), the popular Docent bake table is back, an ornament table, there will be a small group of vendors, our Gift Shop will be open, fresh wreaths and Christmas arrangements from Healey Farm. This year’s theme is “The History of the Christmas Pudding” with a demonstration of how to make this popular English dessert.
December 1-31, 2018 48th Annual Christmas in Newport
Newport, Rhode Island
The Christmas in Newport celebration boasts multiple activities for nearly each day of the December calendar. In a community collaboration, clear bulbs illuminate Newport’s scenic harbor and wharves, the restored colonial homes in the Point and Historic Hill sections, and the Victorian splendor of Bellevue Avenue. The lights are meant to recapture the candlelit holidays of bygone days. Take a Holiday Lantern Tour, buy gifts at harborside shops or the Christmas Bazaar and enjoy one of the many holiday concerts.
December 10, 2018 - Terra Madre Day - Worldwide
A worldwide celebration of local food held every year on December 10. Through hundreds of diverse and unique events across the globe, together we show that a global food revolution grows from local roots.