Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week, RibFest & more

The 42nd Street Oyster Bar is part of Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week.
The 42nd Street Oyster Bar is part of Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week. Keith Greene

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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Left Hand Brewing Dinner

Five courses from Chef David Mitchell paired with 5 special beers from Left Hand Brewing! What better way to celebrate National Left Hander’s Day!? First Course: Raleigh City Farm Salad - heirloom tomatoes, orange vinaigrette with Polestar Pilsner; Second Course: Roasted Skate Wing - fig, brown butter, almond with Haystack; Third Course: Duck Cannelloni- swiss, aged gouda, rosemary dough with Homefront IPA; Fourth Course: Pork Chop -sweet potato gratin, brussels spouts with Chainsaw; Fifth Course: Balsamic & Berries - pound cake, local berries, aged balsamic with 2009 Barrel Aged Imperial Stout. 7 p.m. Aug. 13. Busy Bee Cafe, 225 S. Wilmington St., Raleigh. 919-424-7817.

Fundraiser for Camp S.W.A.G. (Students With Ambitions & Goals)

PURCHASE TICKETS IN ADVANCE FOR ENTRY TO WIN A TARGET GIFT CARD! Proceeds for this fundraiser go to providing camp tuition subsidies in the form of scholarships and/or grants to qualified applicants that otherwise would not be able to afford this fun residential summer camp experience that empowers and cultivates educational, professional and personal development. 7:30 a.m. Aug. 16. 7.50. Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill, 8701 Brier Creek Pkwy., Raleigh.

OneHarvest Food Distribution

11 a.m. Aug. 16. Hillyer Community Church, 718 Hillsborough St., Raleigh. 919-832-7112.

Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week

Enjoy a weeklong dining extravaganza showcasing the culinary talent in the heart of the capital city!Participating restaurants will offer tantalizing, three-course prix fixe dinners for either $20 or $30 per person, depending on the venue (tax and tip not included). This year, select venues will also offer a new and exciting "Elite Experience" option, an exclusive multi-course culinary dinner including drink pairings, an appetizer, and dessert for $65. 5 p.m. Aug. 18-24. Downtown Raleigh. 919-821-6972.

Raleigh RibFest

A 4-day national BBQ and music festival featuring pitmasters from seven states, a full music line-up and much more! 11 a.m. Aug. 21-23, 12 p.m. Aug. 24. $1 - $7. Downtown Raleigh, 203 W. Lenoir St., Raleigh. 336-707-9188.


Latin American Street Food

Cooking Class based on new book "Latin American Street Food: The Best Flavors of Markets, Beaches, and Roadside Stands from Mexico to Argentina"From tamales to tacos, and empanadas to desserts, Sandra A. Gutierrez’s Latin American Street Food takes cooks on a tasting tour of the most popular and delicious culinary finds of twenty Latin American countries, translating them into 150 easy recipes for the home kitchen. These exciting, delectable, and accessible foods are sure to satisfy everyone. 6 p.m. Aug. 21. $50. A Southern Season, University Mall, Estes Drive, Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133.

Paella with Spanish Wine Pairings

Paella is the perfect party food. In this class you will master Paella Mixta with Nohemi. Learn the secrets to making this authentic and flavorful dish with a variety of fresh seafood, chicken and chorizo. The color, texture and tantalizing aroma will transport you to Espana! 6:30 p.m. Aug. 22. $69. Whisk, Waverly Place shopping center, Cary. 919-322-2458.

Vegetarian Grilling

Carnivorous crowd, be warned, this grilling class may turn you into veggie lovers. Learn how to get the most out of your grill this summer with a hands-on experience guided by Brian Adornetto, a personal chef, food writer and owner of Love at First Bite. Menu: Grilled Eggplant with Tahini Sauce; Grilled Zucchini Greek Salad; Grilled Portobello "Steaks"; Grilled Balsamic Plums 2 p.m. Aug. 24. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 866-253-5317.

Farmers Markets

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.9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays. 220 North Salem Street, Apex. 919-372-9798.

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. Saturdays. Horne Square, Lombard and Main, Clayton. 919-612-3139.

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 p.m. Aug. 13, 8 a.m. Aug. 16. 501 Foster St., Durham. 919-667-3099.

Growers Market of Fuquay Varina

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. Saturdays. Cenntenial Park, 102 N. Main St., Fuquay-Varina. 305-989-7567.

Western Wake Farmers’ Market

The Western Wake Farmers’ Market will host MELON DAY @ the Market on Saturday. In addition to our regular market offerings, we will highlight the variety of melons available at the market with samples, market recipes, chef demonstrations by Herons Restaurant, and children activities. 8 a.m.- Noon, Saturdays. 1225 Morrisville Carpenter Rd., Cary. 540-230-6697.

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.

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 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 p.m. Aug. 13, 8 a.m. Aug. 16. Greenwood Commons Shopping Center, 5410 Hwy. 55, Durham.

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. Rebus Works, 301 Kinsey St., Raleigh. 919-754-8452.

Wake Forest Farmers Market

Seasonal produce, pasture raise meats, bake goods, honey, flowers.....visit our website! Come visit us soon! 8 a.m. Saturdays. 150 N. White St., Wake Forest. 919-671-9269.

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. Aug. 19, 10 a.m. Aug. 26. WakeMed, 3000 New Bern Ave., Raleigh. 919-350-8000.

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. Saturdays. Waverly Place Shopping Center, 302 Colonades Way, Cary.

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, 3700 Wendell Blvd., Wendell. 919-375-8115.

Food Tours


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. Aug. 16, 2 p.m. Sept. 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.


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.We offer two tours in Durham. An Afternoon Tasting Tour beginning at 1:45pm and a Evening Tasting Tour beginning at 3:15pm. 1:45 p.m. Aug. 16, 3:15 p.m. Aug. 16, 1:45 p.m. Aug. 23, 3:15 p.m. Aug. 23, 1:45 p.m. Aug. 30, 3:15 p.m. Aug. 30, 1:45 p.m. Sept. 6. $50-$65. The Pinhook, 117 W. Main St., Durham. 919-237-2254.


The capital of North Carolina is home to some of the most dynamic restaurants in the country. Known for effortlessly blending modern architecture with historic buildings and monuments, Raleigh showcases fine dining and eclectic eateries. Whether you’re a resident or a visitor, you will enjoy innovative ethnic and southern cuisine, scratch-made desserts, local beer, wine, and more at multiple restaurants! There’s something for everyone in Raleigh.We offer several Raleigh tours! -Tasting tours take place on Fridays at 1:45 and 4 and on Saturdays at 1, 3:15, and 4.-The Raleigh Roots Tour in the historic Seaboard Station/ Mordecai/ Oakwood areas of downtown takes place at 2:30 on Saturdays. -The Speakeasies Cocktail Tour takes place downtown on Saturdays at 5. 1:45 p.m. Aug. 15, 4 p.m. Aug. 15, 1 p.m. Aug. 16, 3:15 p.m. Aug. 16, 1:45 p.m. Aug. 22, 4 p.m. Aug. 22, 1 p.m. Aug. 23. $50-$65. Raleigh City Museum, 220 Fayetteville St., Raleigh. 919-237-2254.


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. Aug. 16, 2:30 p.m. Aug. 23, 2:30 p.m. Aug. 30, 2:30 p.m. Sep. 6, 2:30 p.m. Sep. 13, 2:30 p.m. Sep. 20, 2:30 p.m. Sep. 27. $38.99. Videri Chocolate Factory, 327 W. Davie Street, Raleigh. 919-319-5674.

Wine and Beer Tastings

Wine Down Wednesday

Come on out to UnVined for $12 Flights and 1/2 Price Bottles. 4 p.m. Wednesdays. UnVined Wine Bar, 201 W. Chatham St., Cary. 919-481-0881.

Wine Tasting

Wine tastings available from 12 noon to 5 pm. 12 p.m. Aug. 15, 12 p.m. Aug. 22, 12 p.m. Aug. 29, 12 p.m. Sep. 5, 12 p.m. Sep. 12, 12 p.m. Sep. 19, 12 p.m. Sep. 26. $5/person. Cloer Family Vineyards, 8624 Castleberry Road, Apex. 919-387-5760.

Wine Wednesday

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! 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Free. Mosaic Wine et Lounge, 517 W. Jones St., Raleigh. 919-412-4260.

Thirsty Thursdays

Come on out to UnVined for $5 Wine Tastings and Entertainment by DJ Smooth Jazz.4 p.m. Thursdays. UnVined Wine Bar, 201 W. Chatham St., Cary. 919-481-0881.

Wine Tasting

Start the evening with great wine and passed hors d’oeuvres by the Nasher Museum Cafe, then enjoy the galleries at your own pace! The $10 pass covers tastings of four selections from the Tryon Beverage and Haw River Wine Man portfolio. Must be 21 or older with proper ID. 6 p.m. Aug. 14. Nasher Museum of Art, 2001 Campus Dr., Durham. 919-684-3314.

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. Aug. 15. , 6 p.m. Aug. 22, 6 p.m. Aug. 29. $5 or free with purchase of a bottle or pre-order. Veritas In Vino at Brandywine Cellars, 6905 Fayetteville Road, Durham. 919-405-3838.

Beer Class

Our store teams are passionate about beer and everybody has some favorites. Be it a favorite brewery or style of choice, your local beer expert will guide you through his or her top picks. Feel free to check in with your local store for specific product selections, or keep it a surprise for the night of the event! Either way, come prepared to be impressed by your local beer expert’s knowledge and passion for the product. 6:30 p.m. Aug. 21. Total Wine and More. North Hills, 4421 Six Forks Road, Raleigh. 919-232-2580.