A Sneak Peek at the 2014 Taste Trekkers Food & Travel Expo


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The Taste Trekkers Expo (photo by Jeff Cutler)

The Taste Trekkers Expo (photo by Jeff Cutler)

On October 3rd and 4th, 2014, we are hosting the second annual Taste Trekkers Food & Travel Expo in Providence, Rhode Island. This an event for anyone who has ever planned a trip around food. Whether you’ve sought out the best barbecue in Memphis or gone looking for the best Chardonnay in Napa Valley, this event is for you. Our goal is simple: to turn you on to some new cuisines and some new regions that you may not know about. Adventurous foodies only.

Friday: Industry Day

Friday, October 3rd, is designed as a day for people in the food and travel industries. Whether you’re a chef, farmer, food blogger, travel writer, brewer, winemaker, artisanal food producer, culinary teacher or tourism professional, we’re lining up a broad cross-section of speakers for you. But we’ll talk more about that at a later time.

RELATED: Hear the panel discussion from the 2013 Food & Travel Expo.


Saturday: Foodie Day

Right now, we want to focus on the main event, which is for anybody who considers themselves a foodie. You don’t need to be in the industry to join us on Saturday, October 4th at the Biltmore in downtown Providence. You just need to be willing to try new foods. Here what you can expect…


Taste Talks

Last year, we were honored to have Matt Jennings, the celebrated chef behind Farmstead, deliver our keynote address. Matt’s off to launch his new restaurant in Boston, and we decided that we couldn’t possible fill his shoes with just one person. So this year, we have lined up a series of short talks on a range of different topics from the world of food and travel. We’re still working on the lineup — plus we just  like to tease you –so we can’t tell you what those topics are just yet. But we think you’ll enjoy hearing from people from all over the world.

RELATED: 5 Things You Should Know about the Food & Travel Expo


Edible Sessions


Chef Cesin Curi of Los Andes at Taste Trekkers (photo by Stacey Doyle)

Chef Cesin Curi of Los Andes at Taste Trekkers (photo by Stacey Doyle)

After the Taste Talks, we’ll break into groups for some longer, more in-depth exploration of cuisines from different places. Each session will be led by a chef or other culinary expert, and will focus on a particular cuisine and a particular region. Here, you’ll also have you first opportunity to taste.
You’ll have the opportunity to select your sessions when you purchase your tickets, so buy them early to make sure you get the session you want. Of course, we can’t tell you what this year’s sessions are yet, either, but we can tell you what some of last year’s sessions covered:

  • Chocolate from Madagascar
  • The Terroir of Honey
  • Ice Cider from Vermont
  • Ceviche from Peru
  • The History of the Food Truck
  • Memphis Barbecue
  • New England Rum


The Tasting Pavilion


Narragansett Creamery at Taste Trekkers Tasting Pavilion - Photo by David Dadekian

Narragansett Creamery at Taste Trekkers Tasting Pavilion (photo by David Dadekian)

In the afternoon, you’ll be invited into the Grand Ballroom on the 17th floor of the Biltmore. If you’ve never been there before, it offers amazing views of the city. In there, you’ll have the opportunity to sample foods from dozens of restaurants, wineries, breweries, and artisanal food producers. You’ll also have the opportunity to talk one-on-one to food tour operators and travel writers about how to plan your next culinary vacation. You’ll walk away full, happy and inspired to plan your next culinary adventure.


Tickets will go on sale on Wednesday, July 2nd. We highly recommend that you sign up for our email list because we will send out a special discount code. But buy them early, because there will only be a limited amount of discounted tickets.



If you are coming in from out of town, we have lined up hotel rooms here. Book your room early to ensure availability.

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Take a Food Tour

Join Master Chef and Historian Walter Potenza in the discovery of great foods and history of Federal Hill in Providence. Our Premiere Food Tour will take you to different locations where you will be sampling Cheeses, Charcuterie, Olive Oils, Balsamic Vinegars and many more ingredients present in the repertoire of Italian Cookery. You will also learn food terminology, products information, how to shop, how to store and anything that may be of interest in expanding your culinary horizon. Throughout the walking event you will meet the people who make it possible for Federal Hill to be recognized as a food and historical destination in the USA. Your walking tour will end at Chef Walters Cooking School where Chef Walter will present the “Pasta or risotto of the day”, paired with the “Wine of the day“. Of course samples are offered. After the tasting you will visit the Federal Hill Heritage Center Photo Exhibit of early Italian Immigration in Rhode Island located on 286 Atwells Avenue. Only collection in Rhode Island

In-depth details here!

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