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2016 - RHODE ISLAND: OCT to DEC 2016
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Food Events

(See also: 2015 - 2014 - 2013 - 2012 - 2011)


October 10-14, 2016
National School Lunch Week
School Nutrition Association.

October 15-16, 2016
Bowen's Wharf 26th 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 30, 2016 - 33rd 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 4-13, 2016  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 5, 2016 - Great International Beer Festival
Providence, Rhode Island
Providence will become the Mecca for Beer Lovers all over New England. 2 shows at the Rhode Island Convention Center offer the same great experiences. Your $49 ticket, ($52 at the door) will allow you unlimited sampling of over 250 brews, conversations with brewers in a casual setting, pizza by Pizza Pier, live entertainment.  The largest Beer Festival in the Northeast is also one of the most beneficial. With proceeds benefiting Rhode Island non-profits like the RI Community Food Bank.


November 5-6, 2016
86th Annual Armenian Food Festival and Bazaar
Providence, Rhode Island
Armenian Food & Delicacies: Shish Kabob, Tourshi, Cheese Boereg, Kufta, Kheyma, Cheoreg, Yalanchi, Losh Kabab, Armenian Pastries, Midia, Vosbov Kheyma, Piaz, Lahmajoon Daily Raffle, Silent Auction, Kids Games Watch Football, Penny Social, Resource Book, Balloon Man, Kids Movies, Arts & Crafts, Jewelry, Scratch Ticket Raffle, Activities for children of all ages. Everyone Welcome. Free Admission, Free Valet Parking.

November 6, 2016  Chocolate Brunch - Newport, Rhode Island
The annual fundraiser for Visiting Nurse Services of Newport and Bristol Counties, Chocolate Brunch is a Sunday afternoon of great food, beach views, live music, and a holiday shopping Silent Auction.

November 24, 2016  THANKSGIVING DAY - Nationwide
There are so many events on today they are to numerous to list.

December 1-4, 2016  31st 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 1-31, 2016  46th 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 3-4, 2016  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 10, 2016 - 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.


2015 RHODE ISLAND: OCT to DEC 2015
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Food Events

events waiting for new dates

December 11-12, 2015  A Dickens Christmas Feast
Newport , Rhode Island
Enjoy a Victorian celebration of the season in the magnificent 19th century Griswold House, presented by the Marley Bridges Theatre Company. John Jacob "Jack" Astor IV is a Scrooge. His family, friends and wife plan an "Operation Christmas" intervention. As their guests you can help restore Jack's good humor. This festive evening includes a three-course dinner.


2014 RHODE ISLAND: OCT to DEC 2014
events waiting for new dates

October 18-19, 2014  Johnny Cake Festival
West Kingston, Rhode Island
Update: We are sad to announce that the 2014 Johnny Cake Festival has been officially canceled.  This was a very difficult decision for us.   We hope to be able to hold the 2015 Johnny Cake Festival.


2012 RHODE ISLAND: OCT to DEC 2012
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Food Events

events waiting for new dates

November 3, 2012  6th Annual Savory Grape Fall Wine Festival
Providence, Rhode Island
The Savory Grape's 6th Annual Charity Fall Wine Festival to benefit the Rhode Island Community Food Bank, a statewide nonprofit organization that provides food to needy children and families and promotes solutions to the hunger crisis in Rhode Island.


2011 RHODE ISLAND: OCT to DEC 2011
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events

waiting for new dates

October 1-2, 2011  Harborfest Featuring Festival Fete
Newport, Rhode Island
A lively waterfront celebration with locally grown food, art, and entertainment. Farmers market, raw oyster bar, sampling, culinary demonstrations and more.




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