If you love exploration and planned some time to kill before the festival, an excellent activity is the Broadway Tour, a chef lead culinary walking tour to discover and taste some of the gourmet food scene that makes Newport a foodie Mecca. Head out of Newport proper to nearby town, Little Compton, for an afternoon visit to Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyards. Sharing the same latitude as some of the most famous wine producing regions of the world, this sprawling property is home to many grape varieties. Noteworthy is the “Blessed Blend,” a combination of the Vidal Blanc grape and Chardonnay, developed by dedicated winemaker, Elaine Bernier.
Elaine’s team will organize a wine tasting to accompany the gourmet fare prepared by Chef Jimmy Tsimikas of Russel Morin Fine Catering. Chef Jimmy’s Australian roots and international experience gives this café at Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyards an intriguing and downright delicious global slant.