It’s no secret that people in Rhode Island love and appreciate delicious food. A lesser known fact is that we love a great party — and what better combination of the two is there than Rhode Island Food Festivals and Events? This is by no means is an exhaustive food lovers list, because of course, you can always take a food tour. These eleven events are some of the Ocean State’s favorites and certainly ones that you should consider when planning your next trip to Rhode Island.
Where Donut Dreams Come True...
For just $15, you can get a passport that gives you one complimentary donut at 12 local donut shops throughout Rhode Island. As if that is not exciting enough, they agreed to give JWU's Spoon University Chapter $5 out of every $15 passport, if you buy it using the COUPON CODE: JWU.
Rhode Island Food Fights is hosting their fourth annual Lord of the Wings competition to see who has the best wings in Rhode Island.
The entire list of competitors includes the defending champions Boneheads Wing Bar, Pizza J, Tomaselli's at Rosario, Rick's Roadhouse, Thirsty Beaver Cranston / Thirsty Beaver Smithfield, Cook & Dagger, Rocco's Pub & Grub, 84 Tavern on Canal, The Office Kitchen & Bar, Rooftop at Providence G, Providence G Pub, Biergarten, Wings on 5, SoulFull Fried Chicken, Timmy's Legendary Grilled Pizza, Federal Taphouse & Kitchen, The Fire Brick Oven Pizza & Bar,The Rosendale, BrewMasters Neighborhood Tavern, The Tilted Tavern, The Village, and Wings on 5!
With throwdowns on everything from the best burger to the coolest ice cream, these friendly rivalries are generating word of mouth for participating businesses.
In the northeast United States, a deli’s worth is usually placed upon how good their grinders are. Specifically Italian grinders, chock full of pepperoni, salami and capocollo, provolone and mozzarella cheese, lettuce, hot peppers and a tangy dressing. When it’s all together on sandwich bread it can be a deliciously beautiful thing. Last February, RI Food Fights put on their first ever Italian Grinder Throwdown that had numerous delis and restaurants from all over The Ocean State staking their claim as the best. On a score of 1-8 nom points, with 1 being the worst and 8 being the best, I decided to see who I think should win the competition.
2015 was the biggest year ever for RI FOOD FIGHTS and 2016 will be even bigger. The largest series of food competitions in Southern New England, RI FOOD FIGHTS showcased over 120 local restaurants and food vendors in its fifth year, attracting over 2,200 attendees to a series of three in-person events and selling over 4,900 passports for six virtual events.