This year’s Aquidneck Food Challenge will ask participants to stick to island-produced foods, starting with a kickoff event at the Brick Alley Pub, 140 Thames St., on Wednesday, Sept. 19, from 6-9 p.m.
Tickets for the kickoff cost $20, $45 per family, with proceeds benefiting Aquidneck Community Table. ACT combines civic conversation, local entrepreneurship, institutional partnerships and digging in the dirt with the principles of an equitable food system for all on Aquidneck Island. Events following the kickoff include:
• Saturday, Sept. 22, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., “Scales and Tales” at the Aquidneck Growers Market at Newport Vineyards and Winery, 909 East Main Rd., Middletown. A cooking demonstration will be held by Eating with the Ecosystem, a group devoted to a sustainable marine food chain. Event also offered Wednesday, Sept. 26, and Saturday, Sept. 29. Free.
• Sunday, Sept. 23, 3-5 p.m., “Sunday Funday” at Stoneacre Brasserie, 28 Washington Square, Newport. Wines from Greenvale Vineyards in Portsmouth will be available to taste. Free.
• Tuesday, Sept. 25, 12:15 p.m., “Lunch & Learn for Seniors” at the Martin Luther King Community Center, 20 Dr. Marcus Wheatland Blvd., Newport. Free.
• Wednesday, Sept. 26, 6-8 p.m., “Local Brews & Bites” at Newport Craft Distillery, 293 Connell Highway, Newport. $10.
• Sunday, Sept. 30, 1-4 p.m., “Visit Our Community Gardens.” Sites open include Great Friends Meeting House, 21 Farewell St., Newport; the Florence Gray Center, 1 York St., Newport; the East Bay Met School, 115 Girard Ave., Newport; the Pell Elementary School, 35 Dexter St., Newport; and the Island Community Farm, Green End Avenue at Elizabeth Lane, Middletown. Free.
For more information about the food challenge or ACT, visit aquidneckcommunitytable.org.