Your Guide to Celebrating Food in Rhode Island 2017
Rhode Island’s appetite for anything food related is on full display in 2017. There are countless fun and engaging food events, as well as important policy work going on through this year in our state. We thought you could use a menu to help choose among all the tempting entrées.
Relish Rhody—The official website for the State of Rhode Island’s office of food strategy and the five-year Food Strategy plan. Visit this website to download a copy of the plan’s draft and the final plan when it becomes available. You can also find more information on how you can get involved in making positive changes for Rhode Island’s food system. RelishRhody.com
Relishing RI—The Rhode Island Historical Society’s moniker for their yearlong programming that will explore the history of foodways in the Ocean State, including walking tours, educational talks and collaborations with the Smithsonian Institution, Tomaquag Museum, Rhode Island Black Heritage Society, Rhode Island Latino Arts, Historic New England, Gracie’s, Coggeshall Farm and more. They are also part of the statewide initiative A La Rhody. RIHS.org
A La Rhody—The website and title for food-related events and programming statewide throughout the year, helping to celebrate and promote Rhode Island’s “culinary legacy and status as a top dining destination.” Partners include the Providence Public Library; the Rhode Island Historical Society; the City of Providence Department of Art, Culture & Tourism; the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation; Discover Newport and the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau. Food events of all flavors, including tastings, lectures, walks and talks, will be posted throughout the year—and if you are hosting a food event, you can add yours there too. ALaRhody.org
Newport Eats—The Newport Historical Society is spending the year delving into Newport’s culinary past with talks such as: What Did Hamilton Drink: Chocolate in the Colonial Period; and the partnership with Aquidneck Community Table to support the community garden at the Great Friends Meeting House. They are offering public lectures, exhibits and other interactive programming to connect Newport’s past food traditions “to modern trends, and to provide historical context for present ideas such as food sustainability, community development and healthy eating.” NewportHistory.org