Al and I are always saying we have to get out more, try more things. OK no I lied. That is more him. He is so much more adventurous than me ... but he has a point. I want our kids to try a huge variety of things! Each year we discuss hitting different food events but prior to now the boys have been so young and something always seems to come up. Now that they are 5 and 7, we have decided that this is the year.
Last week I heard about the Taste Trekkers Food Tourism Conference and I was immediately intrigued. It is the nation’s first event designed for people who plan their vacations around food. It brings together hundreds of chefs, farmers, food bloggers, travel writers, culinary students and other passionate foodies as it showcases regional cuisines from around the country. Hungry yet? I know I am!
They do this all around the country. And now they have decided to come to Providence, RI in September! Why Providence you ask? Because we were just named the number one culinary destination in the country by Travel and Leisure Magazine. So exciting!
The Taste Trekkers Food Tourism Conference event will feature a cocktail reception, a tasting pavilion, a food truck court (I am loving the thought of a food truck court - my husband is a huge fan of the food trucks), and group dinners all around the city of Providence. Matt Jennings, the celebrated chef behind Farmstead in Providence, is delivering the conference’s keynote address.
The event will be held September 20-22, 2013. Their goal is to show passionate foodies how they can explore the world through cuisine by bringing together chefs, farmers, winemakers, and other artisanal food producers from different areas.
- Sample foods from different places
- Learn the culinary history of different regions
- Gain practical tips for planning your own food-based vacation
We do however need your help to get this conference rolling! To make the event happen, a Kickstarter.com crowd funding campaign has been set up. In the first 48 hours it raised over $2,000 towards the goal - which is amazing! Help is still needed though, as they have over $10,000 more to raise in the next 22 days.
Check out the video below, and then you can pledge your support here.
Find more information at TasteTrekkers.com
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*Disclosure: I will be receiving a ticket to the event in exchange for this blog post and social media promotion. Opinions are, as always, my own.