Gone are the sun-drenched days of fresh berries and summer ales as we enter into autumn’s abundance of pre-winter harvests. And oh what harvests we have to look forward to: food festivals all over the state o!er a smorgasbord of eating opportunities. From Bristol to Middletown, Warren to Newport, this October the East Bay is ripe with reasons to eat.
Head to Bristol’s Linden Place Mansion, which on October 20 hosts A Taste of Bristol and Beyond. Described as a “feast for the food and wine lover’s senses,” guests enjoy gourmet samplings as well as craft beers and fine wines. Over 40 restaurants, caterers and breweries are expected to participate, and Rockin’ Soul Horns will provide entertainment. The event runs from 4-7pm, and tickets are $65 for members of Linden Place and $75 for non-members. Please call 401-253-0390 for reservation information. 500 Hope Street, Bristol.
If you prefer meals with a side of social goodness, look no further than Seekonk’s 6th Annual Food for Fuel Pasta Fest, happening October 24. Sponsored by the Seekonk Non-Profit Coalition, the event seeks to raise money for individuals unable to a!ord the rising costs of fuel – a problem many families struggle with throughout the winter months. Past menus for the event included pasta, meatballs, salad, dessert and more, with numerous raffles happening throughout the night. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for children under the age of 12, and can be purchased at the door or in advance by calling 502-336-8772. 261 Arcade Avenue, Seekonk.
On October 19-20, 11am-5pm, Newport hosts the 22nd Annual Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival. Serving up clam cakes, scallops, raw oysters and more, the event offers one last love a!air with this year’s seafood selection. General admission is free, and rain or shine, the event goes on. 13 Bowen’s Wharf, Newport.