News Bites: RI Vegtoberfest Returns to Trinity Beer Garden / Fogo De Chão Opens in Providence

by David Dadekian

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RI VegFest’s “RI Vegtoberfest” Returns to Trinity Beer Garden

Saturday, September 23, 2023
Biltmore Park • 2 Kennedy Plaza
Providence, RI

RI Vegtoberfest 2022

RI VegFest, Rhode Island’s only fully vegan festival, will again host their annual “RI Vegtoberfest” at Trinity Beer Garden, located at Biltmore Park in downtown Providence, on Saturday, September 23, 2023 (rain date is September 24th). This fun, one-day celebration of compassionate plant-based living is proudly sponsored by Bootstrap Compost, World Centric, and Sam’s Soulutions, and will feature sampling from restaurants, breweries, a distillery, and a kombucha brand, alongside a marketplace with vegan products available for sale and non-profits sharing their missions.

RI Vegtoberfest’s line-up includes: Plant City, Like No Udder, PiANTA Vegan Restaurant, SoCo Vedge, Wild Heart Vegan Bakery, RastaRant, Gym N’ Juice, JA Patty, Sarcastic Sweets, Basil & Bunny, Casa Azul, Born From Pain Vegan Foods, The Pissed Pepper, Nourished, Lucy Juicy, Fieldstone Kombucha, Pivotal Brewing Co., Narragansett Beer, Bully Boy Distillers, Proclamation Ale, Moniker Brewery, Trinity Brewhouse, High Tide Mushroom Farm, Daniel Kern Art, Emerald City Plant Shop, The Broke Girl Beauty Company, Kay’s Curries, Sacred Flame, Soul Good Confections, Vegan Power Co., Beth Bakes, Ink Fish Books, Stay Vocal, Caribe & Co., Pop’s Famous Guac, Huetown, The Riley Farm Rescue, and Sowa Goat Sanctuary.

These carefully curated vendors and exhibitors will be sampling food and drink, selling vegan products, and sharing educational information about plant-based living. RI Vegtoberfest is also fully compostable, and Bootstrap Compost and World Centric will be on site helping ensure that waste is collected and sorted for composting. In 2022, Vegtoberfest’s composting efforts diverted nearly 400 lbs of waste from the landfill.

Tickets are available in advance for all three sessions: 11:00, 1:30, and 4:00 pm, at www.rivegfest.com, but are likely to sell out and may not be available at the door.


Fogo De Chão debuts new Brazilian Flavor in Providence

Fogo De Chão

Located at Providence Place, Rhode Island’s most prominent shopping, dining, and entertainment center at 148 Providence Place, the new restaurant features an open-air churrasco grill in the heart of the dining room, where guests can watch Fogo’s Gaucho Chefs practice the culinary art of churrasco as they butcher and grill a variety of fire-roasted proteins. 

The Providence restaurant marks the brand’s first restaurant in Rhode Island. As part of their introduction to the community, Fogo will donate a portion of its first week of sales to Rhode Island Community Food Bank which distributes millions of pounds of food to those in the community in need of assistance. The opening of the Providence restaurant supports the brand’s continued 15% growth in 2023, with 12 new domestic and international leases signed and recent openings in key markets including Quito, Ecuador, Lynnwood, WA, National Harbor, MD, Woodland Hills, CA, and Paramus, NJ with more planned for later this year.

“We’re excited to open our first Rhode Island restaurant at Providence Place and introduce the culinary art of churrasco to new and existing guests as we continue to expand our presence in the Northeast,” said Barry McGowan, Chief Executive Officer of Fogo de Chão. “As we continue to grow our brand globally, our commitment to our local communities remains a top priority. We’re excited to partner with Rhode Island Community Food Bank, who helps bring hunger relief to so many families throughout the Providence area and beyond.”

The Providence location also features an expansive patio for al fresco dining, soaring wine cases, a contemporary Bar Fogo area with lounge seating, and dry-aged meat lockers for in-house aging.

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