Here’s a weekly roundup of upcoming food, beer and wine events, tours, classes, workshops and more across the Triangle.
Note: Businesses enter these events online months and weeks ahead of time; please check their websites or call to verify spots are still available.
Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series
The Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series, a single-elimination tournament highlighting the best of the state’s food, agriculture and culinary talent, is heating up the Triangle area with a double-bracket Raleigh series July 11-24. For each dinner battle, two teams of some of the best local chef talent will battle it out in a blind full-service six-course meal. 6-9 p.m. July 11-12. $59. 214 Martin Street, 214 Martin St, Raleigh. 919-844-5959, competitiondining.com.
Erik Lars Myers: N.C. Craft Beer & Breweries
Boasting more craft breweries than any other state in the South, North Carolina is the state of Southern beer. In 2012, Erik Lars Myers wrote “North Carolina Craft Beer & Breweries,” which profiled 45 breweries. Since then, the number of breweries has more than tripled to over 150 and is still growing. Now, Myers and his wife, Sarah H. Ficke, have produced an expanded and updated second edition. He’ll be visiting the store today to discuss his book; attendees will also have the chance to enjoy a complimentary beer tasting. 7-8 p.m. July 13. Free. Flyleaf Books, 752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill. 919-942-7373, flyleafbooks.com.
Every Wednesday, 22 Local hosts a complimentary tasting hour followed by a paired three-course wine dinner. This month’s event features Steele Wines. 5 p.m. July 13. $35. Local 22, 2200 W. Main St., Durham. 919-286-9755, local22kitchenandbar.com.
Join Lafayette Village for a celebration of French liberty and culture. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., live, French-inspired music will be heard throughout the Village. Visit shops and restaurants for French-themed promotions, food and drinks. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. July 16. Free. Lafayette Village, 8450 Honeycutt Rd., Raleigh. 866-691-6560, lafayettevillageraleigh.com/bastille-day/
Bastille Day French Wine Tasting
In honor of Bastille Day, Parizade will be pairing up four wines with savory light bites and small plates. Live music sets the perfect tone for this summer courtyard party. 6-9 p.m. July 14. $45 (tax and gratuity included). Cafe Parizade, 2200 W. Main St., Durham. 919-286-9712, ghgrestaurants.com/parizade/parizademaster.html.
This class, “Preserving the Harvest,” will teach you how to safely and efficiently make products from foods that you choose, from people that you know. 6-9 p.m. July 14. $50. Midway Community Kitchen, 505 W. Rosemary St, Chapel Hill. 919-280-0895, midwaycommunitykitchen.com.
Chicken & Waffles for HOPE
This event offers a chicken and waffles dinner, live music, and a silent auction. All proceeds benefit Clothed in Hope and its life-skills program in Zambia. 6-8 p.m. July 14. $5 per plate. Proof Five Points, 1620 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh.
Patio Jazz Picnics in July
Stop by City Kitchen for a breezy patio dinner complimented by the sweet sounds of summer jazz. Special picnic boards and wine flights will be available in addition to the regular dinner service. 6:30-9 p.m. July 14. $20 picnic boards; $10 wine flights. City Kitchen, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-928-8200, citykitchenchapelhill.com.
Waraji’s Sake Pairing Event
Waraji Japanese Restaurant is hosting special guest, Ty Taylor, a famed sake sommelier with Kikusui Sake Brewery, who will be presenting five sakes that he’s pairing with five Waraji dishes. 6:30-8:30 p.m. July 14. $55 individual or $100 couple. Waraji Restaurant, 5910 Duraleigh Rd., Raleigh. 919-783-1883, warajirestaurant.com.
Kids Frozen Fruit Pops & More
Make reservations at your favorite restaurant (or just do what we do and get take out!) because the kids will be hanging out with Mandi making super fun supper, including fruit smoothie frozen pops. 6:30-9 p.m. July 16. $40. Midway Community Kitchen, 505 W. Rosemary St, Chapel Hill. 919-260-5313, midwaycommunitykitchen.com.
Pots & Pans Drive for St. Joseph Food Pantry
St. Joseph’s food pantry gives out food every day to underserved families and individuals in the community. Midway Community Kitchen is accepting donations of kitchen goods to give to these individuals. Free coffee and biscuits will be handed out to donors. 10 a.m.-noon. July 16-17. Midway Community Kitchen, 505 W. Rosemary St., Chapel Hill. 919-280-0895, midwaycommunitykitchen.com.
Takeover Tuesday at the Berkeley
Takeover Tuesdays give local food truck chefs the opportunity to operate as a brick-and-mortar restaurant without all of the usual commitment. Each chef will have full access to the kitchen along with the freedom to create the food of their choosing. 5:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays. $5-$25. Berkeley Cafe, 217 W. Martin St., Raleigh. 919-828-9190.
Black Twig Cider Classes with Mattie Beason
Cider Expert Mattie Beason will introduce four different cider producing regions with 2-4 ounce pours, concluding with the Basque region and drinking from the Txotx, their Spanish cider barrel. The class includes a Black Twig Cider glass to take home. 3-4 p.m. July 23. $20. Black Twig Cider House, 2812 Erwin Road, Durham. 919-321-0203, blacktwigciderhouse.com.
Annual NeighBREWhood Party
All craft beer lovers are welcome to come enjoy a summer party in the NeighBREWHood. Raleigh Brewing Company will be realizing its seasonal Dear Ol’ Dixie Pale Ale before it hits city taps. Enjoy giveaways, live bluegrass, beer tents, food trucks and much more. Noon-11:59 p.m. July 23. Free. Raleigh Brewing Co., 3709 Neil St., Raleigh. 919-400-9086, raleighbrewingcompany.com.
Asian Takeout at Home
Explore gluten free restaurant-quality takeout you can make at home. Attendees will learn to make spring rolls and chicken stir-fry with steamed rice and veggies. Dinner and drinks will be provided. 6-9 p.m. July 23. $65. Midway Community Kitchen, 505 W. Rosemary St., Chapel Hill. 919-260-5313, midwaycommunitykitchen.com.
Technology That Cooks
Pressure Fryer. This live chef demo event features Taylor’s 2 Sided Grill, Lainox Naboo Combi Oven and Broaster Pressure Fryer. 6-9 p.m. July 25. $5 or donation of 5 canned goods. The Chef’s Academy, 2001 Carrington Mill Blvd, Morrisville. 919-246-9044, thechefsacademy.com.
Summer Grilling with Chef Amanda Cushman
Summertime is a great time to cook outside, and what better way to entertain than to show your friends what mad grilling skills you have? Chef Amanda Cushman will prepare you for summer entertainment with some divine grill top recipes. 6-8 p.m. July 27. $65. Midway Community Kitchen, 505 W. Rosemary St, Chapel Hill. 919-260-5313, midwaycommunitykitchen.com.
Local 22 Beer Dinner with Mother Earth Brewing
All beer lovers are invited to this beer dinner featuring Mother Earth Brewing from Kinston. Guests will be served four courses, each paired with a unique Mother Earth Brew. 7-9 p.m. July 27. $35. Local 22, 2200 W. Main St., Durham. 919-286-9755, local22kitchenandbar.com.
Garden Gourmet: Sunshine Zoodles
Use fresh zucchini and sungold tomatoes — some from the Museum’s garden — to create a seasonal spin on noodles with tomato sauce. Cook and dine, and take home a recipe to inspire more cooking creations at home. Veggies provided by The Produce Box. 4:30-6 p.m. July 21. Included in admission. Marbles Kids Museum, 201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh. 919-834-4040, marbleskidsmuseum.org.
Wine and beer tastings
Wine Down Wednesday
Wine Down after sunset with five unique wines selected that day for their charming characteristics (*discounted at half price) and paired with light hors d’oeuvres in a romantic and relaxing environment, including outdoor patio seating. 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays. Cafe Helios, 413 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh. 919-838-5177, cafehelios.com.
Bend & Brew
Enjoy hot yoga, cold beer and great shopping at this event. 5-8 p.m. July 20. $10; members free. YoBa Studio, 5003 Falls of Neuse Rd., Raleigh. 919-538-5341, yobastudio.com.
Relax at Chatham Hill Winery with live music and games. 7-10 p.m. Fridays. Chatham Hill Winery, 8245 Chapel Hill Rd, Cary. 919-380-7135.
Free tastings take place at both Durham and Raleigh stores. Check the website for classes that provide more in-depth wine study. Noon-3 p.m. Saturdays; 5-7 p.m. Tuesdays; free. Wine Authorities, 211 E. Franklin St., Raleigh; 2501 University Drive, Durham. wineauthorities.com
Toasts & Tunes Concert Series
Come enjoy an afternoon of music in the vineyard at Cloer Family Vineyards. All you need is a lawn chair and/or a picnic lunch. Wine will be sold by the glass and by the bottle.If it is raining, please call the winery at 919-387-5760 to see if this event will be held. 2 p.m. July 23. Free. Cloer Family Vineyards, 8624 Castleberry Rd., Apex. 919-387-5760, cloerfamilyvineyards.com.
Triangle Food Tour: Downtown Durham
On this guided journey through the streets of downtown Durham, we’ll visit some of the area’s most unique, hidden culinary gems. 2:30-5:30 p.m. Saturdays. $45. Fishmonger’s Restaurant & Oyster Bar, 806 W. Main St., Durham. 919-682-0128, trianglefoodtour.com
Triangle Food Tour: Downtown Chapel Hill & Carrboro
On this leisurely walk through the downtown streets of Chapel Hill & Carrboro the group will pause at up to six locations among the area’s finest and most unique establishments. Along the way, the streetscapes and local character will combine to reveal how unique and different each are despite their close proximity. 2:15-5:30 p.m. Saturdays. $45. Downtown Chapel Hill, Franklin St, Chapel Hill. 919-967-9440, trianglefoodtour.com
Triangle Food Tour: Downtown Cary
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. 2-5 p.m. Saturdays. $45. Ashworth Village, 200 S. Academy St., Cary. 919-388-8639, trianglefoodtour.com
Triangle Food Tour: Downtown Raleigh
Experience a guided culinary journey of sight and taste that spans all five 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. 2-5:30 p.m. Saturdays, $45. Fayetteville St, Raleigh, trianglefoodtour.com
Taste Carolina: Raleigh Saturday Afternoon Tasting Tour
This tour is a fantastic way to get to know the heart of downtown. Included is food tastings at four unique, local restaurants plus dessert and a wine tasting. Tours begin at historic Fayetteville Street. 2 p.m. Saturdays. $55. Downtown Raleigh, Fayetteville St, Raleigh. tastecarolina.net
Taste Carolina: Raleigh Friday Afternoon Tasting Tour
The Friday Afternoon Tasting Tour begins on historic Fayetteville Street near the Capitol and heads over to the Seaboard Station/ Oakwood districts via the R Line, with a 20 minute history walk back downtown at the end of the tour. Food tastings at three restaurants that source ingredients locally, a beer and/ or wine tasting and dessert are included. 1:30 p.m. Fridays. $55. Downtown Raleigh, Fayetteville St, Raleigh. tastecarolina.net
Taste Carolina: Raleigh Dinner & Drinks Tours
The Friday and Saturday Dinner & Drinks Tours stay mostly close to historic Fayetteville Street and the Capitol but may walk to the Warehouse/ Gallery or Glenwood Avenue South Districts. These high-spirited tours include enough food to be considered dinner by most people, and include a number of drink pairings. Stops are subject to change based on restaurant availability. Tours include five stops: three varied restaurants for savory food paired with wine, beer or a cocktail, a speakeasy cocktail bar, and a sweet bite for dessert. 4 p.m. Fridays, 3:30 p.m. Saturdays. $69.50. Downtown Raleigh, Fayetteville St, Raleigh. tastecarolina.net
Taste Carolina: Raleigh Roots Tour
Raleigh Roots Tour explores the areas of Seaboard Station, Mordecai, and Oakwood neighborhoods. The tour includes savory food at three restaurants plus a beer or wine tasting and dessert. Stops are subject to change on a week to week basis. Eating a light lunch beforehand is recommended. 2 p.m. Saturdays. $55. Downtown Raleigh, Fayetteville St, Raleigh. tastecarolina.net
Taste Carolina: Durham Afternoon Tasting Tour
The Afternoon Tasting Tour is a fantastic way to experience six different Durham gems in one afternoon. The restaurants featured on this tour have lines out the door every day, but the delicious tastings are prepared and ready for the tour to just walk in and enjoy. 1:45 p.m. Saturdays. $50. Downtown Durham, Main St., Durham. tastecarolina.net
Taste Carolina: Durham Evening Tasting Tour
The Evening Tasting Tour includes food and drink tastings at five different restaurants and bars. The three restaurants featured on this tour are as farm-to-table as you will find and are all located in funky, rehabbed historic buildings. Chefs prepare substantial tour tastings all paired with small drinks. Also included on this tour is a craft cocktail demonstration and tasting, as well as dessert made from locally-milled flour and local dairy. 3:15 p.m. Saturdays. $65. Downtown Durham, Main St., Durham. tastecarolina.net
Taste Carolina: Historic Hillsborough Tasting Tour
Talk with chefs, owners, and farmers while exploring Hillsborough’s history and architecture. Enjoy the warmth and friendliness of the town and, of course, plenty of food, including handmade chocolates, famous scones, local beer, organic wine, and a stop at one of the most esteemed restaurants in the Southeast. 11 a.m. Saturdays. $50. Downtown Hillsborough, 100 Churton St., Hillsborough. tastecarolina.net
Taste Carolina: Culinary Carrboro & Chapel Hill Tour
This tour ties local ingredients to the restaurants that use them and typically includes food at four different restaurants, substantial tastings with farmers and vendors at the Carrboro Farmers’ Market, and a beer tasting. 11 a.m. Saturdays. $55. Downtown Carrboro, Greensboro St, Carrboro. tastecarolina.net
Taste Carolina: Chapel Hill & Carrboro Dinner & Drinks Tour
The Chapel Hill/ Carrboro Dinner & Drinks Tour includes visits to four to five different restaurants with a few drink pairings, plus beer and coffee tastings. 3:15 p.m. Saturdays. $65. Downtown Carrboro, Greensboro St, Carrboro. tastecarolina.net
Tobacco Road Tour: Durham Pub Crawl
The tour is designed for all types of guests seeking a unique and different downtown Durham experience. Join us for this fun 2 1/2-hour, 1-mile tour where you obtain special treatment at four of downtown Durham’s latest, hip and clever bars, restaurants and pubs! 7:30-9:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays. $19. Tyler’s Restaurant & Taproom, 324 Blackwell St. Suite 400, Durham. 919-433-0345, tobaccoroadtours.com
Tobacco Road Tour: Durham Dark & Mysterious Ghost Walk
The Durham Dark and Mysterious Ghost Walk is a family friendly 1.5-mile walking tour designed for adults and children, ages 8 years & older. The tour combines local ghost stories, folklore and local history. 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays. $15. Tyler’s Restaurant & Taproom, 324 Blackwell St. Suite 400, Durham. 919-433-0345, tylerstaproom.com.
Tobacco Road Tour: Raleigh Craft Cocktails
On the Raleigh Craft Cocktail & Cultural Walking Tour, meet bar owners, bartenders and industry experts at four downtown Raleigh cocktail havens. 4-7 p.m. Saturdays. $48.98 plus $2 service fee (includes 4 cocktails). Rye Bar and Southern Kitchen, 500 Fayetteville St., Raleigh. 919-227-3370, tobaccoroadtours.com
Tobacco Road Tour: Raleigh Pub Crawl
Learn about Raleigh’s ghosts and visit three of the city’s hottest bars and pubs. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays. $19. Mecca Restaurant, 13 E. Martin St., Raleigh. 919-832-5714. tobaccoroadtours.com
Tobacco Road Tour: Raleigh Local Brewery Tasting
Buzz ’n Go: Raleigh Guided City Tour & Local Brewery Tasting is the best way to discover Raleigh’s incredible sights and historical attractions 1-4 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays. $59. Downtown Raleigh, Fayetteville St, Raleigh. tobaccoroadtours.com
Farmers Markets by County
Apex Farmers Market
8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays, 220 N. Salem St., Apex, apexfarmersmarket.com
Cary Downtown Farmers’ Market
8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays, 135 W. Chatham St., Cary, caryfarmersmarket.com
Growers Market of Fuquay-Varina
10 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays, 8 a.m.-noon. Saturdays, Fuquay-Varina Chamber of Commerce, 121 N. Main St., Fuquay-Varina, growers-market.org
Holly Springs Farmers Market
8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays, 128 S. Main St., Holly Springs, goo.gl/xwK6hh
Inter-Faith Food Shuttle Tryon Road Farm Stand
Noon-6 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, 4505 Tryon Road, Raleigh, nando.com/1bn
Knightdale Farmers Market
10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, Knightdale Station Park, 810 N. First Ave., Knightdale, goo.gl/RXrIEl
Midtown Farmers’ Market
8 a.m.- noon Saturdays, North Hills Raleigh, 4150 Main St., Raleigh, northhillsraleigh.com
Plantation Point Farmers Market
9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, Plantation Point Shopping Center, 6250 Plantation Center Drive, Suite 107, Raleigh, plantationpointfarmersmarket.com
Raleigh Downtown Farmers Market
10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesdays, 400 block Fayetteville St., Raleigh (City Plaza), RaleighEatLocal.com
State Farmers Market
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Sundays, 1240 Farmers Market Drive, Raleigh. statefarmersmarket.org
The Saturday Market at Rebus Works
10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, 301-2 Kinsey St., Raleigh, rebusworks.us/thesaturdaymarket/
Wake Forest Farmers Market
8 a.m.-noon Saturdays, 405 S. Brooks St., Wake Forest, wakeforestfarmersmarket.org
WakeMed Farmers Market
10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays, 3000 New Bern Ave., Raleigh (free parking in the P1 parking deck for market patrons), goo.gl/DpGHtY
Western Wake Farmers’ Market at Carpenter Village
8 a.m.-noon Saturdays, 101 Gathering Park Circle, Cary, wwfm.ag
Western Wake Farmers’ Market at UNC Wellness Center
8 a.m.-noon Saturdays, 350 Stonecroft Lane, Cary, wwfm.ag
Zebulon Farm Fresh Market
9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, Zebulon Municipal Complex, 1003 N. Arendell Ave., Zebulon, goo.gl/4gLjgk
Chatham Mills Farmers’ Market
8 a.m.-noon Saturdays, 480 Hillsboro St., Pittsboro, chathammillsfarmersmarket.com
Fearrington Farmers Market
4-6 p.m. Tuesdays, East Camden, Fearrington Village, fearringtonfarmersmarket.com
Pittsboro Farmers’ Market
3-6 p.m. Thursdays, 287 East St., Pittsboro, pittsborofarmersmarket.org
Siler City Farmers’ Market
1-5:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, 118 W. Second St., Siler City, silercityfarmersmarket.com.
Durham Farmers’ Market
3:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, (3-6 p.m. starting June 1) 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays, Durham Central Park, 501 Foster St., Durham, durhamfarmersmarket.com
Durham Roots Farmers Market
8 a.m.-noon Saturdays, Northgate Mall, 1058 W. Club Blvd., Durham, northgatemall.com/durham-roots-farmers-market/
South Durham Farmers Market
8 a.m.-noon Saturdays, 5410 N.C. 55, Durham, southdurhamfarmersmarket.org
Franklin County Farmers Market
9 a.m.-until sold out, Tuesdays and Fridays, 8 a.m.-until sold out, Saturdays, 103 S. Bickett Blvd., Louisburg, goo.gl/Fj4tEB
Clayton Farm and Community Market
9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, 348 E. Main St., Clayton, (Horne Square), cfcmnc.org
Sanford Farmers’ Market
9 a.m.-noon Saturdays, Depot Park, 106 Charlotte Ave., Sanford, sanfordfarmersmarket.weebly.com
Carrboro Farmers’ Market
3-6 p.m. Wednesdays, 7 a.m.-noon Saturdays, 301 W. Main St., Carrboro, carrborofarmersmarket.com
Chapel Hill Farmers’ Market
3-6 p.m. Tuesdays, 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays, University Mall parking lot, 201 S. Estes Drive, Chapel Hill, thechapelhillfarmersmarket.com
Eno River Farmers’ Market
8 a.m.-noon Saturdays, 144 E. Margaret Lane, Hillsborough, enoriverfarmersmarket.com
Hillsborough Farmers Market
8 a.m.-noon Saturdays, UNC Hospital parking lot, 430 Waterstone Dr., Hillsborough, hillsboroughfarmersmarket.org
Southern Village Farmer’s Market
3:30-6:30 p.m. Thursdays, 400 Market St., Chapel Hill (Southern Village), southernvillage.com/farmers-market/
Vance County Regional Farmers Market
7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays, Saturdays, 210 Southpark Drive, Henderson, vancecounty.org/residents/farmers-market/