A Culinary Celebration

Hungrily anticipating the EatDrinkRI Festival


It’s been a long time coming. Rhode Island will experience its first-ever three-day local food celebration April 19-21 in Providence, and restaurants from southern Rhode Island are playing a key role in this much-anticipated event.

The EatDrinkRI Festival will take place throughout downtown Providence, which only seems appropriate since the city was recently ranked the number one food city in the nation by Travel + Leisure magazine.

More than 40 chefs, farmers, bartenders and food producers will be the stars of the show, sponsored in part by Johnson & Wales University and Daniele Inc., a Rhode Island-based family business specializing in charcuterie.

The festival will kick off with tastings from ten of the state’s best mobile restaurants, with beverages provided by Jonathan Edwards Winery and Narragansett Brewery. Clam Jammers in Galilee and Tallulah on Thames in Newport are among the participating food trucks.

Day two will feature four education panels that will explore cooking in Rhode Island, local growers, area wineries and microbrewers. Also on that second day of the festival, a grand tasting will be offered in the grand ballroom of the Providence Biltmore, presented by Providence Monthly (sister publication to SO Rhode Island). Cooking demonstrations will pair top chefs with local farmers to showcase farm-to-fork cuisine.

On the third day, the festival will come to a close with a culinary star-studded brunch at Gracie’s, Providence’s only AAA four-diamond restaurant.