Said to be the nation’s first food-tourism conference, “Taste Trekkers” comes to Providence Sept. 20-22 will unite travelers with a specific passion for food and culinary adventures, organizers said. The conference runs in downtown Providence, a city ranked number one for food/drink/restaurants in Travel + Leisure’s “America’s Favorite Cities 2012.”
Keynote speaker will be Matt Jennings, a James Beard Foundation Best Chef Northeast nominee, owner of Farmstead in the city, and a chef known as Providence’s Pied Piper of cheese and “prince of pork,” for his knowledge of cheese and charcuterie creations.
Other conference highlights include breakout sessions, topics of which include a lamb butchering demonstration, the chocolate of Madagascar, a family’s journey in charcuterie by David Dukcevich, and Colorado beer and cheese pairings.
A panel discussion, “Food Tripping: Culinary Tourism Today and Tomorrow,” will feature speakers such as Jose Duarte, owner and chef of Taranta Restaurant, Joyce Weinberg, owner of City Food Tours, and Danielle Brodhagen, director of product development, Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance.
A tasting pavilion will feature regional purveyors, including the American Honey Tasting Society, Crazy Burger, Johnson and Wales Restaurant, Coastal Extreme Brewing Company and Narragansett Creamery.
If that’s not enough food intake, check out the food-truck brunch on Sunday of the conference, highlighting some of the city’s most popular traveling eateries, such as Acadia Café Food Truck, Clam Jammers, Noble Knots, Go-Spresso and Mootzadeli.
The event is produced by Seth Resler, founder of the nationwide social-dining group, Mystery Meet. Tickets are $65. To buy tickets and for more information, visit www.tastetrekkers.com