The 31st Annual Newport Winter Festival came to a close on Sunday, February 24th. Here are some of the winners from food and drink competitions that took place during the 10 day event;

2nd Annual Mac & Cheese Smackdown at Gurney’s on Saturday, February 23rd;

  • First Place- #14 MainSail at the Newport Marriott
  • Second Place- #9 Tavern in the Square
  • Third Place Tie – #4 Localz Kitchen & Cocktails & #6 Antonio’s Pizza Newport 

24th Annual Sam Adams Chili Cook-Off at Gurney’s on Saturday, February 16th;

  • First Place- #9 Chili Masters 
  • Second Place- #1 Saltwater at the Newport Harbor Hotel
  • Third Place- #2 Gurney’s Newport Resort 

Annual Best Hot Drink Contest at Red Parrot on Thursday, February 21st;

  • 1st Place- Skiff Bar at the Marriott 
  • 2nd Place- Red Parrot
  • 3rd Place- Tickets Bar & Grille

Annual Tropical Drink Contest at Gas Lamp Grille on Sunday, February 17th;

  • 1st Place- Red Parrot
  • 2nd Place- Skiff Bar at the Marriott
  • 3rd Place- Stoneacre Brasserie

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