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Fête the Fall Harvest in Newport, Rhode Island: Food & Wine, Fairs and Festivals

NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND — – As the summer sun starts to give way to crisp, saltwater breezes and the tree tops are painted in vivid hues of crimson red, brilliant yellow and burnt orange, Newport, Rhode Island enters into what many consider its most majestic season.

While Mother Nature shows off, enjoy awe-inspiring architecture, rich history, enchanting wineries, coastal charm, miles of trails, farm to fork dining and fine boutique shopping—it’s all here in the City-by-the-Sea. Some of the upcoming world-class events include:

The 43rd Annual International Boat Show, Sept. 12-15, 2013, is one of the largest in-water boat shows in the country. Held throughout Newport’s downtown waterfront locations, the impressive show is mariner’s paradise, showcasing domestic and foreign goods as well as a variety of sail and powerboats. Visit www.newportboatshow.com for a complete list of exhibitors and boats.

The Coggeshall Farm Museum 40th Annual Harvest Fair, Sept. 14-15, 2013, in nearby Bristol, unfolds at a living-history farm that depicts agrarian life in 1799. Activities for all ages including hay rides, face painting, craft-making, a chance to see the farm’s animals and hand-milk a cow, hay bale toss, sack races and other traditional games. Attend a cooking demonstration with farm-raised products, listen to traditional music and watch the Ladies of the Rolling Pin dance. See the work of Rhode Island artisans and enjoy local foods. For more information, visit www.coggeshallfarm.org

The 8th Newport Mansions Annual Wine & Food Festival will be held September 20-22, 2013 at The Elms, Rosecliff, and Marble House mansions, featuring over 100 of the finest New England restaurants and wines from around the world. One of the most anticipated food festivals in the country, guests will savor the opportunity to enjoy cooking demonstrations Food Network “Iron Chef” Alex Guarnaschelli and James Beard Award winner Michel Richard—hosted by Claudine Pépin. The festival will also feature a Sunday Brunch with Guarnaschelli, various celebrity chef appearances, seminars with wine experts, a two-day Grand Tasting on the Marble House lawn, a gala at Rosecliff and much more, all in Newport’s  most spectacular locations. Visitwww.newportmansions.org for a complete itinerary.

The Norman Bird Sanctuary Annual Harvest Fair, October 5-6, 2013, carries on tradition of family fun as it kicks off the fall with a local “small-town” festival.  Enjoy town-fair entertainment in its freshly plowed fields, a plethora of food stations as well as jam and baked good tastings, craft stations, games, home & garden competitions, and hay rides. A staple of New England fall festivals, the two-day Harvest Fair provides family activities all weekend long, including old-time favorites like Tug-O-War and the Mud Pit. Visit www.normanbirdsanctuary.org for more information.

oktoberfest-newportInternational Oktoberfest, Oct. 12-13, 2013, welcomes fall with the celebration of German cuisine, brews, and entertainment at the Newport Yachting Center overlooking the harbor. A celebration for all ages, this year organizers are touting Sunday as the designated “family-oriented” day. Visit the Biergarten to taste seasonal and international brews along with other American favorites. Also savor beloved brats, schnitzel, sauerbraten, potato pancakes more German cuisine.  Listen to traditional German music all weekend long in a fall celebration and reunion of family and friends.  Visit www.newportwaterfrontevents.com  for a complete list of activities, vendors, and musicians throughout the weekend.

The Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival, October 19-20, 2013, celebrates autumn’s bounty with seafood dishes and live music celebrating Newport’s “Harvest of the Sea.”  Local restaurants and fishermen prepare their best dishes under colorful tents around the wharf accompanied by live folk, Celtic, “sea-shanty,” and blues music all weekend long.  Spirits, soft drinks, and desserts are all available, as well as seating throughout the wharf.  Come and enjoy many local restaurants’ most prized lobster dinners, clam chowders, “stuffies,” clam cakes, shrimps, scallops, raw oysters, and even some landlubber-friendly dishes. Visit www.bowenswharf.com for a complete list of vendors and performers.

There’s no better time to savor New England in the fall than during Newport Restaurant Week, Nov. 1-10, 2013. Enjoy more than 50 restaurants offering 3-course $16 lunches and $30 dinners throughout the week as well as the opportunity to sample new seasonal items from Newport and Bristol County’s most talented chefs. Cooking classes, walking tours, and lodging packages will also be available in conjunction with restaurant meals.  Visit www.DiscoverNewportRestaurantWeek.org for participating restaurants, events and special offers throughout the week.

Webwww.DiscoverNewport.org

 Photos courtesy of Discover Newport

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