Rhode Island Seafood Festival set for September 10

The Ocean State’s freshest seafood, local drinks, funky musical acts and talented artists will again be the focus at the sixth annual Rhode Island Seafood Festival, presented by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Rhode Island Chapter.

The two-day event, which kicks off Saturday, September 10, at India Point Park in Providence and attracted more than 10,000 visitors last year, began in 2011 and has since become Rhode Island’s premier food festival. 

Visitors will be able to quench their thirst and satisfy their appetites with a choice of more than 15 food and drink vendors, ranging from Shuckin’ Truck & Matunuck Oyster Bar’s freshly shucked oysters and lobster rolls to Rhode Island favorite Del’s Lemonade and Providence staple Tina’s Jamaican, and everything in between. There’s even plenty of different cuisine for those who don’t love seafood, from hot dogs, wood-fired pizza and smoked meats to Plouf Plouf Gastronomie, a food truck with French fare (and flair!). 

For the second consecutive year, the Rhode Island Seafood Festival will charge admission, but at a price that reflects its family-friendly nature.

Adult entry will be $5, with kids under 12 free of charge. Tickets can be bought at the gate on the day of the festival, or online at riseafoodfest.com until Labor Day. Those attending in a group can snag an advance bargain by purchasing online up until Labor Day (9/5/16), with a three-ticket package going for a tidy $12, or the “Two and Two” deal securing two adult tickets and two event T-shirts for a cool $25. 

“The support we’ve had received over the past four years from the Rhode Island community is so important to us, and we want to look after the folks that have got behind us,” founder TJ McNulty said.  

“We can’t thank the City of Providence, our sponsoring businesses, volunteers and family members enough for helping the festival evolve into what it is today. We get by with a lot of help from our friends.” 

It’s a family event from start to finish, too, with sideshows and games for kids big and small. The festival itself is run by family, with over two dozen of McNulty’s relatives and close friends helping to manage the set-up and smooth running of the weekend.

The entry fee includes a full program of live music on both days. Hometown favorites Royal Street and Young Rust, Will Evans and New Yorkers TJay & The Tall Boys will all grace the Pier Stage as the weekend progresses, keeping the crowds entertained with an eclectic mix of original tunes and classic covers. Newcomers Black Mountain Symphony will be joining us for the first time and have a great sound that will undoubtedly be a hit among festival goers.

Sunday’s schedule will feature a 2 p.m. Seafood Throwdown, where two local chefs compete in a cooking competition inspired by local seafood, brought to you by the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance and HealthCareWithoutHarm.

Lifespan, with chefs from Rhode Island Hospital, will go head to head with the team from CharterCARE Health Partners, with chefs from Elmhurst Extended Care and Our Lady of Fatima Hospital. Sounds like a recipe for a good time!

The past four years have proved that there’s nothing better than a cold drink in the beautiful September sunshine, and Ocean State favorites Narragansett and Newport Storm continue their support of the event by sponsoring the beer tent.

One of the 2015 festival’s most popular libations, the Newport Stormy, featuring Thomas Tew Rum, is back once again, as well as a selection of Rhode Island beers. The bar will also keep visitors hydrated with cold bottled water and soda.

Bar manager Adrian Crawford expects to be busy, serving thirsty locals and out-of-town visitors alike. “It goes without saying that a lobster roll and an icy cold beer is just about the best late-summer lunch you can have, and we’ll make sure there’s something everyone will enjoy,” he said.

If the wait is just too much to handle, fear not: you can keep track of how many days are left between now and the festival with a pictorial countdown on the event’s Instagram page (@riseafoodfest), which features guests’ photos from last year’s festivities.

The sixth annual Rhode Island Seafood Festival will be held at India Point Park, Gano St., Providence, Rhode Island on September 10 from 11am-7pm & Saturday September 11 from 11am-5pm. Adult entry is $5; kids under 12 are free. Alcohol will only be served to those over 21 years of age with valid ID.
For more information, visit www.riseafoodfest.com or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/riseafoodfest. The festival is also on Twitter (@riseafoodfest) and Instagram (instagram.com/riseafoodfest