Dear Newport Jazz fan

It was a pleasant surprise to see the response to last year’s Wein Machine letter about the food and drink available to you at the festivals. I think it will not be long before our food booths, featuring New England and Newport-centric cuisine will be as important to our festivals as the traditional New Orleans dishes are to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. So here it is again…

At both the Newport Jazz & Folk Festivals we offer New England favorites, which showcase the region’s own delicious traditions. You do not have to bring your coolers and lunch to the festival if you want to enjoy some fine food, while listening to the finest that jazz has to offer.

Just to give you an idea of what’s available, in addition to hotdogs, hamburgers and Del’s frozen lemonade, you can head to the oyster bar, where you’ll find Rhode Island-raised oysters and delicious lobster rolls.  We’ll have a Greek food booth where you can get a Mediterranean platter, Greek salad, hummus and baklava.  If you want a falafel, we’ll have it. We’re also bringing a little of New Orleans to Newport, with chicken & andouille gumbo, as well as red beans & rice. This year we will also be welcoming a food truck from Bristol, RI, called Rhode Rage. Their motto is “Think Global, Eat Local” and their fresh ingredients come from farms across Rhode Island.

Once I’ve sampled some of the above and after I get my afternoon Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, I’ll enjoy a glass of Cupcake Vineyards wine or Brother Thelonious beer.  Our cafes in the quad or out on the pier, allow you to sit, enjoy your drink and hear the sounds of jazz filling the air, while the sea breezes from Narragansett Bay refresh you. Come to the Newport Jazz Festival and fill up on the good life.

To purchase tickets to the Newport Jazz Festival, use the Ticketmaster link below.

Service charges apply.

Don’t lose the beat,