Weekend Recommender: Food Edition

Providence is going to look like one giant food fest this weekend. Don’t miss these hunger pang-inducing events:

July 12, 1-6 p.m., $50. Providence Skating Center, Kennedy Plaza, Providence
More than thirty restaurants representing a diverse mix of cuisines – Mediterranean, American, Asian, etc. – offer samples in a quest to win the audience-decided awards for the best in each category. Participating restaurants include United BBQ, Tortilla Flats, DeWolf Tavern and Hemenway’s. There’ll also be plenty to drink, including vino from the wineries of the Costal Wine Trail, Narragansett and Newport Storm beer and lemon-mint iced tea supplied by Rhode Island-based Granny Squibb’s.
July 12-25. Locations throughout the Providence area
Have a growing list of restaurants you’ve been meaning to try? The bargain prices during Providence Restaurant Weeks offer the opportunity to try them without draining your wallet. Nearly eighty restaurants, including CAV, Loie Fuller’s and The Capital Grille, offer three-course lunches for $12.95 and dinners for $29.95 (some do dinner only; check the website for specifics and menus).
July 11, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Free admission. Sprinkles Fine Desserts, 1006 Mineral Spring Ave., North Providence
Delish dessert shop Sprinkles celebrates its official grand opening Saturday (they had a soft opening last fall) with this fun event offering raffles, giveaways and the chance to enter a create-your-own cupcake contest. Buy a cupcake (the list of choices goes beyond the classics with flavors like banilla, s’mores and even pancakes and syrup) and a portion of the purchase price will be donated to the MS Society.
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