Rhode Island April 27, 2018
8 Little Known Food Festivals In Rhode Island That Are So Worth The Trip
Here in the Ocean State, we know we have great food. Whether its mouthwatering BBQ, scrumptious seafood, or traditional Italian, the cuisine here is some of the best in the U.S. If you love sampling the local flavors of talented chefs, then you are going to want to make sure to attend some of these fantastic Rhode Island food festivals
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. India Point BBQ & Blues Festival
Kick off the summer with some down-home BBQ and sultry blues music at India Point Park. The weekend festival takes place on Saturday, June 23rd from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Sunday, June 24th from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. You can visit the
to purchase tickets in advance and see the line-up of bands. India Point Park at 201 India St., Providence, RI 02903 will be the waterside location for the BBQ & Blues Festival.
2. Great Chowder Cook-Off
This legendary event in Newport has been drawing in chowder lovers for 37 years. Sample chowders from competitors who will be cooking their hearts out. Live music, kids activities, and interactive contests round out this fun-filled day. The Great Chowder Cook-Off will take place on Saturday, June 2nd. Gates open at noon at the scenic waterfront Fort Adams State Park, 80 Fort Adams Dr., Newport, RI 02840. For more information or to purchase advance tickets, visit the Rhode Island Waterfront Events
3. Bacon & Beer Fest
For the second year, Bacon & Beer Fest will make its way to Providence. 25 local restaurants will present incredible bacon dishes and 25 breweries will provide beer to quench your thirst. This match made in heaven will take place on Sunday, June 10 from 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. at The Steel Yard, 27 Sims Ave., Providence, RI 02909. Check out their
for restaurant and brewery listings and information on purchasing tickets.
4. St. Mary's Feast
St. Mary's Feast is a five-day celebration including the best Italian food and music around. It will run Wednesday, July 18 - Friday, July 20 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday, July 21 from 3 p.m. - 11 p.m., and Sunday, July 22 from 12 p.m. - 11 p.m. There is plenty of opportunity to partake in the festivities at the corner of Cranston St. and Phenix Ave. in Cranston, RI. For more information, follow their
5. Pawtucket Greek Festival
Delicious Greek food, energizing dance, and marketplace are just a few reasons to attend the 91st annual Pawtucket Greek Festival. The festivities will begin on Friday, June 17 from 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. and continue Saturday, June 18 from 12 p.m. - 10 p.m., and Sunday, June 19 from 12 p.m. - 9 p.m. The activities and food can be found outside at the Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church at 97 Walcott St., Pawtucket, RI 02860. Visit the festival
for more information.
6. Charlestown Seafood Festival
Enjoy an extravaganza of seafood at the Charlestown Seafood Festival. Lobster, clams, scallops, and so much more are crafted into scrumptious dishes for you to enjoy. Fireworks, games, rides, arts & crafts, plus non-stop entertainment make this a wonderful festival for the whole family. Save the dates of August 3 -5 to make a stop at Ninigret Park at 4890 Old Post Rd.,
Charlestown, RI 02813. For more information as it becomes available, follow the festival
7. Local Food Fest
Local Food Fest celebrates farmers, fisherman, and food growers who supply food to the state. Area chefs will create stunning dishes from these locally sourced ingredients for the dinner of a lifetime. The limited ticket food event will begin at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, August 14th. Enjoy local wines, food, and music at the waterfront venue of Castle Hill Inn, 590 Ocean Ave., Newport, RI 02840. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the Farm Fresh RI
8. Ocean State Oyster Festival
Enjoy the taste of local Rhode Island oysters straight from our waters at the Ocean State Oyster Festival. Live music, food trucks, tasty oysters, and a shucking contest are just some of the activities going on at this event. The festival will take place on September 22nd from 1 p.m. - 7 p.m. at Riverwalk Park, South Water St., Providence, RI 02903. For more information visit the festival
Are you going to attend any of these Rhode Island food festivals this year? Which foodie friends are you going to take with you? Did we miss a festival that should be added to this list? Let us know in the comments section below.
For more culinary fun, you should take this Rhode Island
cheese trail for a delicious day trip.