Don’t Miss: Providence’s Taste Trekkers Food Tourism Conference

Tuesday, August 27, 2013


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What better place for the nation's first food tourism conference than Providence, Rhode Island? Taste Trekkers is on the table for September 20-22.

Where else but Providence as the setting for the nation’s first food tourism conference? Taste Trekkers is on the horizon now, running from Friday, September 20th through Sunday, September 22nd, 2013. The conference will unite travelers with a specific passion for food and culinary adventures. Tickets start at $65 and are available online now, here.

Farmstead's Matt Jennings headlines

The three-day conference will take place in downtown Providence, the city ranked #1 for Food/Drink/Restaurants in Travel + Leisure’s “America’s Favorite Cities 2012.” The weekend will feature keynote speaker Matt Jennings of Providence’s Farmstead, Inc. In addition to being a two-time James Beard Foundation Best Chef Northeast nominee, Jennings is also known as “Providence’s Pied Piper of Cheese” and “Prince of Pork” for his knowledge of cheese and charcuterie. Jennings has also earned national recognition as one of “Most Sustainable Chefs in America,” in part due to the development of Providence’s Trace and Trust program.

Taste Trekkers Sessions

Organizers are releasing more events all the time as the event draws near. The latest list includes: 

Breakout sessions, featuring topics:

From Farm and Fisherman to Table
New England Lamb Butcher Demo
Peruvian Cerviche and Causa Limena
Taste the Terroir of American Honey
Dry-cured for Three Generations: A Family’s Journey in Charcuterie
Durham, North Carolina: Integrity Tastes Good
Memphis: BBQ and Beyond
New England: Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Rum!
Before there were Food Trucks, there were Lunch Wagons
The Chocolate of Madagascar
The Story of Vermont Ice Cider: A Tasting and Pairing

Panel Discussion: Food Tripping: Culinary Tourism Today and Tomorrow, hosted by Gail Ciampa, Food Editor of the Providence Journal. Featuring speakers:

Danielle Brodhagen, Director of Product Development, Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance
Jose Duarte, Owner and Chef, Taranta Restaurant
Cindy Salvato, President & Owner, Savoring Rhode Island
Joyce Weinberg, Owner, City Food Tours
Meghan Sheridin, Executive Director, Vermont Fresh Network
Sai Viswanath, Chef, DeWolf Tavern

Tasting Pavilion at the Providence Biltmore Hotel featuring regional purveyors including:

American Honey Tasting Society
American Lamb Board
Coastal Extreme Brewing Company
Ravenous Brewing
Food Trucks Inc
Johnson and Wales University
Melting Pot Food Tours
The Mystery Café
Narraganett Creamery
And many more!

Culinary tours, food truck brunch + more

Culinary Tours on Sunday morning will feature Rhode Island’s Cindy Salvato, GoLocalProv Food Editor + Newport Gourmet’s Mike Martini and A Taste of Rhode Island through the historic neighborhoods of Providence.

A Food Truck Brunch on Sunday will feature some of Providence’s most popular Food Trucks, including:

Acacia Café Food Truck
Clam Jammers
Noble Knots
Panino Express Mobile Cuisine
Rocket Fine Street Food

Tickets for Taste Trekkers are on-sale online now, here. For more information, please visit


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