A Guide to Having a Great Time at the 2014 Food & Travel Expo

Joining us for the 2014 Taste Trekkers Food & Travel Expo? Here's are some tips to ensure that you have a great time.

Please arrive early. Seating is limited.

The 2014 Taste Trekkers Food & Travel Expo is coming to Providence this weekend! This is your opportunity to taste foods from around the world, including Bolivia, Canada, France, Greece, Italy, New Zealand, Peru, Spain, and more!

If you're joining us for this event, here are some tips for making the most out of it:

Before You Arrive

  • Buy Tickets: You save $15 if you buy them online ahead of time, plus you have the opportunity to choose the sessions you want to attend.
  • Print a Map of the Area
  • Make Hotel Reservations
  • Make Dinner Reservations: On both Friday and Saturday, we will wrap up in time for you to enjoy one of Providence's fantastic restaurants. There are several within walking distance of downtown.
  • Choose Your Sessions: If you were not given the option to choose sessions when you purchased tickets (or if you won tickets), here is how you can select your sessions:
  • You have or will receive a confirmation email from our ticketing company, EZ Tix. In that email is a link that says "View Schedule."
  • Click on that link. At the bottom of the schedule page, you will see another link that says "Edit My Schedule."
  • Click on this link and you will be able to select your sessions.
  • Review our FAQ
  • Check Out Our 50 Ways to Get Ready

Friday: Industry Day

  • Eat Lunch: No food will be served at Industry Day (there is complimentary Essentia Water and Granny Squibb Iced Tea), so eat before you come.
  • Park in a Garage. There are plenty of nearby garages. Most street parking spaces are limited to two hours.
  • Arrive Early: If you are on the guestlist for Industry Day, you have received an email from us saying so. Please note that this does not guarantee you a seat. Capacity is limited, and we are seating on a first-come, first-serve basis, so please arrive early. The doors will open at 12:30pm, and this is a great time to come and network with your peers.
  • Bring Your ID: If you are over 21, join us for a cocktail reception at The Dorrance after the event.
  • Bring Business Cards: This is a great networking opportunity.
  • Charge Your Smartphone: But remember to turn the ringer off. We encourage you to take photos and post to social media using the hashtag #2014TTExpo. We ask that you do not video record the event; we are recording it and will post these videos to our website.

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Saturday: Foodie Day

You can take photos at the Expo, like this one by Jeff Cutler
  • Eat Breakfast: There will be plenty to eat at the Expo, but don't starve yourself in the morning. The first tasting begins in the sessions at 11:00am, and the bulk of the food will be in the Hope & Main Tasting Pavilion starting at 2:00pm.
  • Park in a Garage. The Biltmore offers valet parking for $16, and there are plenty of nearby garages. Most street parking spaces are limited to two hours.
  • Arrive Early: Check in opens at 9:00am. We will start the Ten-Minute Talks promptly at 10:00am.
  • Bring Your ID: This is an all ages event, but you must be 21+ to drink, and you will need your ID to check in.
  • Wear Comfortable Shoes.
  • Charge Your Smartphone: But remember to turn the ringer off. We encourage you to take photos and post to social media using the hashtag #2014TTExpo. We ask that you do not video record the event; we are recording it and will post these videos to our website.
  • Plan Transportation to the Culinary Arts Museum: After the Expo, the Culinary Arts Museum is extending its hours until 7:00pm. The museum is located at 315 Harborside Blvd, and you will need a car or cab to get here. Or save 15% off your first two rides with Uber.

Sunday: Eat & Run Scavenger Hunt & Movie

The Hunt begins at the Arcade Providence at high noon - photo by Nicholas Millard
  • Form a Team: The Hunt will be more fun with friends, and you'll increase your chances of winning.
  • Eat Breakfast: You're going to do a lot of walking!
  • Arrive Early: Registration opens at 11:00am; the Scavenger Hunt begins at 12:00 noon.
  • Bring Your ID: This is an all ages event, but you must be 21+ to drink, and you will need your ID to check in.
  • Charge Your Smartphone: You will need to bring your own digital camera or smartphone with a camera to compete. Make sure it is fully charged.
  • Wear Comfortable Shoes.
  • Bring a Backpack: Pack it with water (we will also have complimentary Essentia Water and Granny Squibb Iced Tea), a snack, and (just in case) an umbrella.
  • Bring Change and Download the RIPTA App: You are not allowed to drive or take cabs during the Scavenger Hunt. However, you may use the RIPTA busses if you want. Download the RIPTA App to help you find nearby busses.
  • Prepare for Any Weather: This event will happen rain or shine.
  • Join Our Text Message List: Text the word "Taste" to 38470. We will send out one clue to our text message list at 1:00pm, and a second one at 2:00pm.
  • Know the Finish Line: You must arrive at the Cable Car Cinema by 3:00pm to be eligible to win. It is located at 204 South Main Street.
  • Join Us for the Movie: If you attended any of the Expo events, you are invited to a complimentary screening of the documentary, Farm-City, State at the Cable Car Cinema at 4:00pm.

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Published September 27th, 2014