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We want to make sure you don't go hungry during Winter Festival, check out the some of the food competitions we have going on and bring your appetite!


presented by Newport Craft

Saturday, February 17th 11am-3:30pm:

The 27th Annual Chili Cook-Off 

Winter heats up as area restaurants and caterers compete to see who has the best chili in town! Bring your appetite, sharpen your taste buds, and join in the fun as you choose your favorite chili!  From classic recipes to unique twists, you'll find a chili to satisfy every craving. So mark your calendars and bring your appetite for a day filled with flavor, fun, and friendly competition! Enjoy Sam Adams specials.

To enter your chili call 401.847.7666. 


Tickets $12 w/ bracelet and $15 w/o 

Kids $4 w/ bracelet $6 w/o



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Mac & Cheese Smackdown

Saturday, February 24th 

The Mac is Back! – The Cheesiest Event Rhode Island Has Ever Seen… The Mac and Cheese Smack Down! Join us for the ultimate mac and cheese showdown at the Newport Marriott Hotel. Get ready to indulge in a cheesy extravaganza like no other. Whether you're a mac and cheese connoisseur or just a fan of this comfort food classic, this event is a must-attend. Sample a variety of mouthwatering mac and cheese creations prepared by talented local chefs. From traditional recipes to innovative twists, you'll have the chance to savor an array of cheesy delights. Cast your vote for the best mac and cheese dish and help decide the winner!

Bring your appetite and prepare for a cheese-filled day of fun and friendly competition. Don't miss out on this opportunity to experience a mac and cheese lover's dream. Grab your friends and join us at the Newport Marriott Hotel for the Mac and Cheese Smackdown!


Tickets $20 in advance/ $22 at the door IF AVAILABLE. Kids 4-9 $10 in advance/ $12 at the door IF AVAILABLE. Under 4 is free 



Burger Bender

February 16th-25th, Because not all burgers are created equal...

The Newport Burger Bender is a simple "best burger" contest taking place Friday, February 16 through Sunday, February 25, 2024 at participating restaurants throughout Newport and Bristol counties.

Area restaurants are throwing their buns in the ring with the hopes of being crowned the Best Burger in Newport. Try one. Try some. Try them all. Then vote for your favorite by clicking on the burger below and submitting your simple voting form. Voting begins February 17th and ends February 26th. You’ll be automatically entered to win one of our daily giveaways throughout the Burger Bender contest. The restaurant with the burger that gets the most votes will be crowned the winner.

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