Here’s a weekly roundup of upcoming food events, cooking classes, food tours, wine tastings and farmers markets across the Triangle.
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Dishcrawl Raleigh’s Restaurant Crash Course
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Join us for an exciting 3 restaurant walking tour of Raleigh’s 5 Points Neighborhood! We’ll be enjoying a trio of menu items at each of the 3 stops, to include dessert at our last stop. Our tour will start at NOFO, where will will enjoy crab cakes, shrimp & grits and fried green tomatoes! The identity of the other 2 restaurants will be kept secret for now, but we can promise they will not disappoint! Click the link for more info and to purchase tickets.Follow us on Twitter @DishcrawlRDU 7 p.m. June 18. $45. NOFO at the Pig, 2014 Fairview Rd., Raleigh. 919-931-7457. Dishcrawl.com.
Sampling, Recipes, Nutritional Information, and large selection of North Carolina Blueberries for purchase 11 a.m. June 19. Free. State Farmers Market, 1201 Agriculture St., Raleigh. 919-733-7417. statefarmersmarket.org.
Peak City Pig Fest
Third Annual KCBS BBQ Cookoff and street food festival. Held in Historic Downtown Apex. Street festival,beer garden, music. 9 a.m. June 21. Free. Historic Downtown Apex, 220 N. Salem St., Apex. 919-362-7141. peakcitypigfest.com.
Barks and Brews Beer Tasting Event
Join Second Chance Pet Adoptions at Raleigh Brewing to enjoy the release of Rescue Rye Blonde Ale just for this event! Cash Donations ONLY please for this tasty brew (recommend $5 a pint). Enjoy a broad assortment of beer, an on-site food truck and meet some adoptable Second Chance dogs!! Raleigh Brewing is dog friendly, so bring your dog, too!! All proceeds benefit the homeless dogs and cats supported by Second Chance Pet Adoptions, the oldest no-kill animal rescue organization in the area! 4 p.m. June 21. No entry fee. Raleigh Brewing Company, 3709 Neil Street, Raleigh. 919-400-9086. SecondChanceNC.org.
Chatham Street Chowdown: Food Truck Rodeo
Join us along West Chatham Street in Downtown Cary for our first food truck rally, Chatham Street Chowdown! 15 Triangle area food trucks, plus Fortnight Brewing Company and Chatham Hill Winery will line the street with seating areas and music from local performers throughout the day. 11:30 a.m. June 22. free. Downtown Cary, N. Academy St., Cary. 919-469-4061. townofcary.org.
South American Cooking
Set up your Wind Down Wednesday concert chairs for the free concert at Waverly Place, then come on in for a 1 hour mini cooking class! Cherisse will demonstrate steak chivitos, Uraguay’s beloved national dish. Enjoy a complimentary beer or wine while we pack up your dinner to take along to the concert. Class held rain or shine. 5:30 p.m. June 18. $25. Whisk, Waverly Place shopping center, Cary. 919-322-2458. whiskcarolina.com.
Summer Southern Nights
In this hands-on cooking class, we will create a three course Southern meal inspired by summer.Menu includes: Fried Pimento Cheese Fritters, Grilled Sweet Tea Brined Chicken with a Bourbon Peach Sauce, Summer Grits, Vidalia Onion Tart Tatin, Grilled Green Tomato Caprese; Fruit Cobbler with Chantilly Cream. 6 p.m. June 20. $59. Durham Spirits Company, 311 E. Trinity Ave., Durham. 425-463-5430. durhamspiritscompany.com.
Making and Preserving Juices, Wines, Meads, Teas and Ciders
Nan Chase and DeNeice Guest, Drink the Harvest: Making and Preserving Juices, Wines, Meads, Teas, and Ciders. Samples and demonstrations. 11 a.m. June 21. Free. Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh. 919-828-1588.
In this hands-on cooking class, we will prepare a variety of different desserts perfect for the summer. Menu includes: Cherry Clafoutis; Sour Cream and Blueberry Pie; Roasted Peach and Lavender Ice Cream Sandwiches; Bourbon and Berry Bars; Lunch will include a light salad. 11 a.m. June 21. $59. Durham Spirits Company, 311 E. Trinity Ave., Durham. 425-463-5430. durhamspiritscompany.com.
Blueberries are not just for muffins! Let Stacey show you new ways to showcase this superfood in appetizers, entrees, desserts and more. Check out the incredible menu under "What’s Cooking" and learn to put the powerhouse blueberry to work for you and your family. 12 p.m. June 21. $49. Whisk, Waverly Place shopping center, Cary. 919-322-2458. whiskcarolina.com
Make Your Own Baby Food
Your baby deserves nutritious meals where you are confident of the ingredients. Making baby food is easier than you think! You will begin with single and double purees, and will ultimately learn how to incorporate meat and grains into baby’s foods. This class will pay for itself many times over. Please, adults only. (Organic) 2 p.m. June 22. $49. Whisk, Waverly Place shopping center, Cary. 919-322-2458. whiskcarolina.com
Kid’s Cooking Workshop
Looking for something fun for your child to do for the day? How about a cooking workshop! We will show your children simple techniques on how to create delicious and healthy meals in the kitchen. We will cover knife skills, cooking techniques, and variety of cuisines!Ages 7-12 years Topics covered: Kitchen Safety, How to read recipes, Mincing vegetables, learning to weigh and measure ingredients, making pasta, roasting. Italian Cuisine. 9 a.m. June 23. $79. Durham Spirits Company, 311 E. Trinity Ave., Durham. 425-463-5430. durhamspiritscompany.com.
Get acquainted with Cary’s rich heritage while experiencing the flavors of the diverse downtown culinary landscape on this guided walking food tour.Journey with a small group through the heart of Cary’s downtown (often overlooked by Triangle residents), and you will quickly gain a sense of the history and culture that shaped this community. The tour allows you to casually experience first-hand the ambiance and flavor of several unique, hidden culinary gems along the way. 2 p.m. June 21, 2 p.m. July 19. , 2 p.m. Aug. 16, 2 p.m. Sep. 20, 2 p.m. Oct. 18, 2 p.m. Nov. 15, 2 p.m. Dec. 13. $38.99. Academy Street Bistro, 200 S. Academy St., Cary. 919-319-5674. trianglefoodtour.com.
Chapel Hill / Carrboro
Go behind the scenes of Chapel Hill and Carrboro restaurants to experience where farm-to-table cuisine comes to life. Sample innovative and upscale southern dishes, scratch-made desserts, organic wine, local beer, and more. Known for being on the forefront of the Slow Food movement and for restaurants that have redefined Southern cooking, Chapel Hill/ Carrboro is one of the best places in the country to live and eat. 2 p.m. June 21, 2 p.m. June 28, 2 p.m. July 5. , 2 p.m. July 12, 2 p.m. July 19, 2 p.m. July 26. $45-$65. Open Eye Cafe, 101 S. Greensboro St., Carrboro. 919-237-2254. tastecarolina.com.
Durham is all about cutting edge culture and fantastic food. Let us show you a vibrant city in the midst of its revitalization and introduce you to the restaurants, shops and people that are making Durham one of the nation’s cultural hotspots. You will discover all of Durham’s flavors on this tour! The Durham tour is scheduled for every Saturday afternoon, all year ’round. Advance registration is required. It is also available for private groups of 10 or more any day or evening of the week. 1:45 p.m. June 21, 1:45 p.m. June 28, 1:45 p.m. July 5. , 1:45 p.m. July 12, 1:45 p.m. July 19, 1:45 p.m. July 26. $50-$65. The Pinhook, 117 W. Main St., Durham. 919-237-2254. tastecarolina.com.
Downtown Raleigh’s District Dining via the R-LineA guided culinary journey of sight and taste that spans all 5 downtown districts to sample a cross-section of some of Raleigh’s unique local restaurant venues, blended together with some forgotten historical tidbits that leaves you full of new insights on the downtown culinary landscape. On the tour, we’ll be walking and using the R-Line circulator as we make our way through each district. It’s fun, informative and delicious. 2:30 p.m. June 21, 2:30 p.m. June 28, 2:30 p.m. July 5. , 2:30 p.m. July 12, 2:30 p.m. July 19, 2:30 p.m. July 26. $38.99. Videri Chocolate Factory, 327 W. Davie Street, Raleigh. 919-319-5674. trianglefoodtour.com.
Historic Hillsborough Walking Food Tour with Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tours
Historic Hillsborough boasts Southern charm, 18th and 19th century architecture, and a vibrant literary and artistic scene. It is also home to fantastic restaurants with a true farm-to-table vibe. Talk with chefs while exploring Hillsborough’s history. Enjoy the warmth and friendliness of the town and, of course, plenty of food.. handmade chocolates, locally roasted coffees, famous scones, local beer, organic wine, and a stop at one of the most esteemed restaurants in the Southeast - Panciuto! 11 a.m. June 21, 11 a.m. June 28, 11 a.m. July 5, 11 a.m. July 12, 11 a.m. July 19, 11 a.m. July 26. $45. Saratoga Grill, 108 S. Churton St., Hillsborough. 919-237-2254. tastecarolina.com.
Wine Down Wednesday
Come on out to UnVined for $12 Flights and 1/2 Price Bottles.4 p.m. June 18, 4 p.m. June 25, 4 p.m. July 2, 4 p.m. July 9, 4 p.m. July 16, 4 p.m. July 23, 4 p.m. July 30. $12 wine flights; bottle prices vary. UnVined Wine Bar, 201 W. Chatham St., Cary. 919-481-0881. UnVinedCary.com.
Every Wednesday we have a $5 guided wine flight and a $7 catered dinner by URBANA, and Dj Keith playing smooth house late night, all for $12! Best kept secret in Raleigh! 7 p.m. June 18, 7 p.m. June 25, 7 p.m. July 2, 7 p.m. July 9, 7 p.m. July 16, 7 p.m. July 23, 7 p.m. July 30. Free. Mosaic Wine et Lounge, 517 W. Jones St., Raleigh. 919-412-4260. mosaicwinelounge.com.
Come on out to UnVined for $5 Wine Tastings and Entertainment by DJ Smooth Jazz.4 p.m. June 19, 4 p.m. June 26, 4 p.m. July 3, 4 p.m. July 10, 4 p.m. July 17, 4 p.m. July 24, 4 p.m. July 31. $5 wine tasting. UnVined Wine Bar, 201 W. Chatham St., Cary. 919-481-0881. UnVinedCary.com.
Weekly Wine Tasting
Every Friday we invite one of our distributors into the shop to talk about their selections for the week. There are usually 4 to 5 wines including both red and white from a different wine region each week. Our focus is on educating our guests about what to expect from wines of that region and exposing them to new wines. 6 p.m. June 20, 6 p.m. June 27, 6 p.m. July 4, 6 p.m. July 11, 6 p.m. July 18, 6 p.m. July 25, 6 p.m. Aug. 1. $5 or free with purchase of a bottle or pre-order. Veritas In Vino at Brandywine Cellars, 6905 Fayetteville Road, Durham. 919-405-3838. Veritas-In-Vino.com.
12 p.m. June 20, 11 a.m. June 21, 12 p.m. June 27, 11 a.m. June 28, 12 p.m. July 11, 11 a.m. July 12, 12 p.m. July 18, 11 a.m. July 19, 12 p.m. July 25, 11 a.m. July 26, 12 p.m. Aug. 1, 11 a.m. Aug. 2, 12 p.m. Aug. 8, 11 a.m. Aug. 9. $5 per person. Cloer Family Vineyards, 8624 Castleberry Rd., Apex. 919-387-5760. cloerfamilyvineyards.com.
Apex Farmers Market
Local Farmers and Vendors providing fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, chicken, eggs, honey, fish, bake goods, crafts, old time knife sharping, food trucks and much more. Come bring your lawn chairs and listen to our musicians and enjoy our Kids Zone with fun kid activities. Every Saturday rain or shine 9am-1pm, April thru September. Apex Farmers’ Market, 220 North Salem Street, Apex. 919-372-9798. apexfarmersmarket.com.
Carrboro Farmers’ Market
Carrboro, North Carolina, is home to the nationally recognized Carrboro Farmers’ Market. Recently highlighted by both Bon Appetit, Martha Stewart’s Good Food Magazine, and Visa Black Card Magazine as one of the top markets in the country, Carrboro Farmers’ Market celebrates its 36th season in 2014. The Carrboro Farmers’ Market is truly a farmer-owned and operated market. The vendors themselves produce all goods sold at the Market. Everything comes from within a 50-mile radius of Carrboro. 3-6 p.m. Wednesdays. 7 a.m.-noon Saturdays. Carrboro Farmers’ Market, 301 W. Main St., Carrboro. 919-280-3326. carrborofarmersmarket.com.
Clayton Farm and Community Market
Come see us at the Clayton Farmers Market! Pasture raised pork, beef and eggs - Fresh produce - plants and flowers - local honey - baked goods - flavored popcorn - local artisans - teas - local folks eating healthy and having fun! 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays. Horne Square, Lombard and Main, Clayton. 919-612-3139. cfcmnc.org.
Durham Farmers’ Market
The Durham Farmers’ Market is an open-air, all local, and producer only Market located in the heart of Downtown Durham in the Pavilion at Durham Central Park. The Market hosts of 70 different vendors including farmers, crafters, and food artisans. All of the items available at the Market are grown or produced within 70 miles of Durham. The Market is open Saturdays, year-round and Wednesday afternoons seasonally. 3:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays. Durham Farmers Market, 501 Foster St., Durham. 919-667-3099. durhamfarmersmarket.com.
Eno River Farmers Market
A year round farmers market located in the Farmers Market Pavilion (behind the Sheriff’s Department) in the heart of Historic Downtown Hillsborough within easy walking distance of River Park, Weaver Street, Cup A Joe, Orange County Public Library, Panciuto, Matthew’s Chocolates, and more. Live music, children’s activities, local fruits and veggies, free range eggs, pastured meats, artisan cheeses and baked goods, art, and much more! 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays. Eno River Farmers Market, 144 E. Margaret Ln., Hillsborough. 812-322-2582. enoriverfarmersmarket.com.
Fearrington Farmers Market
Fearrington Farmer’s Market occurs every Tuesday from April To November from 4pm to 6pm rain or shine. The market sells produce, baked goods, locally prepared pizza and Greek cuisine, soaps, and lotions. You can see just what is available by signing up for our weekly newsletter by going to our website. 4-6 p.m. Tuesdays. Fearrington Farmer’s Market, Fearrington Village, Pittsboro. 919-923-6262. fearringtonfarmersmarket.com.
Growers Market of Fuquay Varian
From May 10th to October 25th come to downtown historical Fuquay Springs at the corner of Academy and Main. The Growers Market includes the best that Southwest Wake County has to offer. The Growers Market is open on Wednesdays from 3-6 and Saturday from 9-2, rain or shine.This year we will have a Certified USDA produce vendor. There is The Downtown Jam Musicians every Saturday as well as educational classes, children’s activities,and guest sponsors. Now taking EBT, Debit and Credit Cards. 9 a.m. -2 p.m. Saturdays. . Centennial Park, 102 N. Main St., Fuquay-Varina. 305-989-7567. growers-market.org.
Hillsborough Farmers Market
The Hillsborough Farmers Market (HFM) is a 27-year-old public service, non-for-profit organization whose primary mission is to encourage, support, and promote the entrepreneurial efforts of local independent, and small scale vendors selling directly to consumers and operating independently from large corporate or factory farms/businesses. The HFM also educates consumers about the benefits of buying fresh, locally produced food and provides a venue for local non-profits and musicians. 8 a.m.-noon. Home Depot Parking Lot, Hampton Point, Hillsborough. hillsboroughfarmersmarket.org.
Pittsboro Farmers’ Market
A weekly "producers only" Farmers’ Market offering the best locally raised produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods, jams, jellies, pickles, relishes, transplants, bedding and decorative plants, handmade soaps and lotions, hand spun and dyed wools. 3:30-6:30 p.m. Thursdays. Main Street Station, 287 East St., Pittsboro. 919-601-6357. pittsborofarmersmarket.org.
Raleigh Downtown Farmers Market
Join us at City Plaza for locally grown produce, artisan baked goods, live music, and much more throughout our 2014 season on Wednesdays from 10 am-2 pm through November 5. In addition to its local food festivals, the Market will also host Rex Healthcare Wellness Wednesdays every third Wednesday of the month. Make it your farm fresh destination each week. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesdays. City Plaza, 400 Block Fayetteville St., Raleigh. 919-821-6977. RaleighEatLocal.com.
The Saturday Market
Every Saturday from 9:30-1pm Rebus Works host a Farmers Market so bring your bags and be ready to shop! Local Farmers sell sustainable and organic foods including milk, eggs, bread, meat, seafood and fresh vegetables. Enjoy rotating food trucks, a wide selection of craft beers, Locopops and inside seating. Donation Yoga with rotating instructors is from 10-11am inside Rebus Works. There is often a kids craft and every second Saturday we feature a local charity. All are welcome! 9:30 a.m. Saturdays. $2 - $20. Rebus Works, 301 Kinsey St., Raleigh. 919-754-8452. thesaturdaymarket.us.
South Durham Farmers’ Market
We believe that everyone should have access to delicious and healthy food grown in a way that sustains and enriches our local environment â“ and that farmers and artisan food makers grow and create the most flavorful and nutritious foods when they are located within a 50 mile radius of South Durham. 3:30-6:30 p.m.Wednesdays, 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays. Free. Greenwood Commons Shopping Center, 5410 Hwy 55, Durham. southdurhamfarmersmarket.org.
Southern Village Farmer’s Market
This year Chapel Hill’s old new neighborhood,Southern Village, hosts it’s annual Farmer’s Market and welcomes new vendors and new treats. Seafood, vegan treats and pastries, grass-fed beef, fresh fruits and vegetables and more! 3:30-6:30 p.m. Thursdays. Southern Village Farmer’s Market, 650 Market St., Chapel Hill. 919-933-4422. svfarmersmarket.com.
WakeMed Raleigh Campus Farmers Market
The WakeMed Farmers Market opens on June 3 at the hospital’s outdoor courtyard. It will be open on Tuesdays from 10 am-2 pm through Aug. 26. The market brings fresh foods to thousands of patients, visitors and staff as well as southeast Raleigh, where there is a significant need for convenient access to fresh and healthy foods. The market will accept EBT cards as well as debit and credit cards this season. It will also offer 2 for 1 Market Match vouchers for those who receive SNAP benefits. 10 a.m. 2- p.m. Tuesdays. WakeMed, 3000 New Bern Ave., Raleigh. 919-350-8000. wakemed.org.
Waverly Place Farmers’ Market
This is the year that we finally make the move to the Promenade at Waverly. We’ve earned the space! The move has already attracted top notch vendors that will showcase high quality local produce, fresh meats and cheeses, baked goods, artwork, and so much more. Each Saturday we will showcase talented musicians, performers, cooking demos, nutritionists, arts and crafts classes, and delicious samples from Waverly restaurants. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays. Waverly Place Shopping Center, 302 Colonades Way, Cary. waverlyfm.com.
Wendell Farmers Market
Your stop for fresh produce, eggs, local honey, jams, jellies and more. Where we place an emphasis on eating locally grown produce and knowing the importance of where your food came from. Open Saturday’s from May 10th to October 25th. 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays. Wendell Farmers Market, 3700 Wendell Blvd., Wendell. 919-375-8115. wendellfarmersmarket.org.
Western Wake Farmers’ Market
The Western Wake Farmers’ Market will host a variety of educators and demonstrations throughout the month of June, including local foods book club by Triangle Kid Books, market foods activities for kids by the Morrisville Square Creative School, summer gardening demonstration by the Morrisville Community Garden and fitness and wellness demonstration by Open Arts. 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays. Western Wake Farmers’ Market, 1225 Morrisville Carpenter Rd., Cary. 540-230-6697. www.westernwakefarmersmarket.org.