This year we are hosting the 3nd annual Empanada Fest! Empanada Fest is a friendly competition between local empanada/patty makers where the attendees vote on who makes the best ones!
At event check-in, attendees will be asked to produce a paper of digital copy of their ticket/ticket set. Attendees will get a scoring card and a pencil and then proceed to each of our participating vendors to receive a sample of their signature empanadas/patties. Each sample will be 2-3 bites each. The staff at each booth will take your card to hole punch it and signify you have received your sample. Attendees can use the pencil to write down any notes they want to make about a sample.
Once you have visited each vendor on the scoring card you may proceed to the voting booth. At this booth you will be asked to produce your scoring card and will receive 2 tokens. You will select the two restaurants you believe had the best empanadas/patties out of all the vendors and then place one token in both of those ballot boxes. The two tokens cannot be placed in the same restaurant ballot box. At the conclusion of the event the winners will be announced and presented with an award.
There will be other vendors at this event selling refreshments and desserts, as well as, Live music.
Participating Pawtucket restaurants will each be offering their own signature empanadas/patties for attendees to sample and vote on. The signature empanada/patty from each vendor will be revealed prior to the event.
This event is a celebration of our local eateries which produce different types of empanadas/patties and best exemplifies the authentic flavors from across the globe you can find in the city. Pawtucket is home to one of the most diverse communities in Rhode Island, a fact which is showcased by our Empanada-Fest participants. The various nations with their own take on empanadas/patties which will be represented at this event include Dominican Republic, Colombia, Cape Verde, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago.
Tickets are on sale now and space is limited so we advise you to purchase your tickets quickly if you would like to participate in this event. We have the capacity for 325 tickets and once those are sold out, the registration portal will be closed. Tickets will not be sold at the door. People without tickets are welcome at the event however will not be able to sample the empanadas/patties. (Please note that our empanada/patty vendors will not be selling any additional food and will only be distributing the samples pre-purchased by attendees online)