Group Will Promote the Tasty Side of RI’s Economy at Waterfire

Sep 20, 2013

There will be a tent set up at Saturday’s Waterfire to educate residents about Rhode Island’s growing food sector. The tent will offer samples from a wide variety of locally made foods and beverages. By luring people through their taste buds, project coordinator Melissa Withers said they can then show the public the diversity of expertise in the state’s food economy.

This pig at Pat's Pastured is part of Rhode Island's growing farm to table economy.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

“So the idea is to show people that it’s not just about our culinary scene, which I think now most Rhode Islanders now recognize to be one of the best in the country,” said Withers, “but that we actually have a lot more happening in our food scene that’s creating a lot of new businesses and a lot of economic growth.”

Withers said Rhode Island’s farm to table business sector has seen a 40 percent increase in that last decade.

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