PVDFest, Part 1: The Food

The four-day cultural extravaganza also celebrates the art of eating and drinking.
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Hooray! PVDFest is upon us, with events kicking off on June 1. But before we dive into music, visual and performance art lineups — visit RIMonthly.com for our top picks throughout the week — we’re thinking about food: the absolute best things to eat and drink during the festival, and where to find them.

We’ve chosen ten can’t-miss foodie attractions to fuel your fun. Dig in.


  • PVDFest Community Table (ticketed event; $15), 5 p.m.
    • Where: Washington Street, Kennedy Plaza
    • The Details: Hundreds of diners assemble at a 320-foot community table. Food is prepared by the Genesis Center. Tickets must be purchased in advance. (Box Office.)
  • PVD Yard Fest, 8 to 11 p.m.
    • Where: The Steel Yard, 27 Sims Ave., Providence
    • The Details: This offsite event is billed as a dance party, but revelers should give credit to the ultimate wallflower liberator: beers from Revival and nibbles from Laughing Gorilla Catering Company.


  • The Jewish Alliance of Greater RI‘s Shabbat Celebration, 5 p.m.
    • Where: Biltmore Park
    • The Details: The Jewish Alliance hosts a communal sabbath dinner in the park, an “all-inclusive Jewish experience revolving around culture, ritual, family and community.” First come, first served.
  • Quarter Moon Market, 5 to 10 p.m.


  • Solarcart
    • Where: Eddy and Washington sts. (in front of City Hall)
    • The Details: Falafel, veggie quesadillas and tacos are cooked with the power of the sun, thanks to a couple of sizeable solar panels affixed to the cart’s roof.
  • Rudy’s Coconuts
    • Where: Washington and Clemence sts.
    • The Details: When else can you cruise the streets of Providence drinking coconut water from a freshly cracked coconut? (Unless you usually pack your own — in which case: Can we be friends?)
  • PCEI Global Village Foodie Experience, noon to 8 p.m.
  • Sangria at the Stable
    • Where: 125 Washington St.
    • The Details: Last year, the Stable served up its famous house sangria — potent, delicious stuff. This year surely won’t disappoint.
  • Tricycle Ice Cream
    • Where: Washington and Clemence sts. (in front of Lupo’s)
    • The Details: The cart is cute and so are the ice cream sandwiches. Delicious, too. The selections rotate, but we’re rooting for the one with Dave’s Coffee ice cream that’s sandwiched between two brownies. Yumyumyumyumyum.


  • Festival Finale Party, 1 p.m.
    • Where: Cranston Street Armory, West Side
    • The Details: The main attractions include a fleet of Armory-themed box trucks and En Masse, a group musical performance led by the brilliant violinist Daniel Bernard Roumai. But the food will be just as plentiful. Food vendors include SoulFull, Open Season, Sarcastic Sweets and others.



PVDFest, Part 2: Performance Art