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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Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week
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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. 20-24. $20 menu, $30 menu, $10 beer and wine pairing option, $65 Elite menu. Downtown Raleigh. 919-821-6972. DineDowntownRaleigh.com.
A four-day national barbecue 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. raleighribfest.info.
Pittsboro Food Truck Rodeo
6 p.m. Aug. 23. Pittsboro Roadhouse & General Store, 39 West St., Pittsboro. 919-542-2432. pittsbororoadhouse.com/pittsboro-food-truck-rodeos/.
Sierra Nevada Beer Tasting Event and Seminar
Join us for an exciting beer seminar and tasting featuring led by Sierra Nevada expert Aubrey Herbert. Featured selections include the following beers: Pale Ale, Flipside Red IPA, Tumbler Brown Ale, Vienna Lager and Oktoberfest 6 p.m. Aug. 28. Total Wine and More – 4421 Six Forks Rd., Raleigh. 919-232-2580.
Raleigh Beer Week Dinner
We’re gathering five incredible beers from five of our favorite friends in beer: Bell’s Oracle, Allagash Neddles, Terrapin Pumpkin Pie Porter, Victory NATO Ipa & 2012 Dogfish Sah’tea! Menu will be announced soon, but trust that Chef Dave will be pulling out all the stops for this one! 7 p.m. Aug. 28. Busy Bee Cafe, 225 S. Wilmington St., Raleigh. 919-424-7817.
Latin American Street Food
This class is based on the book “Latin American Street Food: The Best Flavors of Markets, Beaches, and Roadside Stands from Mexico to Argentina” by Cary author Sandra Gutierrez. From tamales to tacos, and empanadas to desserts, Gutierrez 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. southernseason.com.
Paella with Spanish Wine Pairings
Paella is the perfect party food. In this class you will master paella 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. whiskcarolina.com.
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. southernseason.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. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays. none. Apex Farmers’ Market, 220 North Salem Street, Apex. 919-372-9798. apexfarmersmarket.com.
Carrboro Farmers’ Market
Carrboro 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. Aug. 23. , 8 a.m. Aug. 30, 8 a.m. Sep. 6, 8 a.m. Sep. 13, 8 a.m. Sep. 20, 8 a.m. Sep. 27, 8 a.m. Oct. 4. Eno RIver Farmers Market, 144 E. Margaret Ln., Hillsborough. 812-322-2582. enoriverfarmersmarket.com.
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 southwestern Wake County has to offer. 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. 3-6 p.m. Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. Cenntenial 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 Saturdays. 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 (Pittsboro Farmers’ Market), 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. 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.
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. 3:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays. Greenwood Commons Shopping Ctr, 5410 Hwy 55, Durham. southdurhamfarmersmarket.org.
Southern Village Farmer’s Market
This year Chapel Hill’s old new neighborhood, Southern Village, hosts its 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.
The Saturday Market
Every Saturday, Rebus Works hosts 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.-1 p.m. Saturdays. Rebus Works, 301 Kinsey St., Raleigh. 919-754-8452. thesaturdaymarket.us.
Wake Forest Farmers Market
Seasonal produce, pasture raise meats, bake goods, honey, flowers.....visit our website! Come visit us soon! 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays. Wake Forest Farmers Market, 150 N. White St., Wake Forest. 919-671-9269. wakeforestfarmersmarket.org.
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. 26. WakeMed, 3000 New Bern Ave., Raleigh. 919-350-8000. wakemed.org.
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. 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays. Wendell Farmers Market, 3700 Wendell Blvd., Wendell. 919-375-8115. wendellfarmersmarket.org.
Western Wake Farmers’ Market
8 a.m.-noon Saturdays. Western Wake Farmers’ Market, 1225 Morrisville Carpenter Rd., Cary. 540-230-6697. westernwakefarmersmarket.org.
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.We offer two tours of Chapel Hill/Carrboro on Saturdays, a Culinary Tour starting at 11am and a Dinner and Drinks Tour starting at 3pm. 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturdays. $50-$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.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. and 3:45 p.m. Saturdays. $50-$65. Meet at The Pinhook, 117 W. Main St., Durham. 919-237-2254. tastecarolina.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. Saturdays. $50. Saratoga Grill, 108 S. Churton St., Hillsborough. 919-237-2254. tastecarolina.com
Downtown Raleigh Walking Tour with Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tours
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. and 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Check website for full schedule. $50-$65. Raleigh City Museum, 220 Fayetteville St., Raleigh. 919-237-2254. tastecarolina.com
A 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 bus as we make our way through each district. It’s fun, informative and delicious. 2:30 p.m. Saturdays. $38.99. Videri Chocolate Factory, 327 W. Davie Street, Raleigh. 919-319-5674. trianglefoodtour.com.
Beer and Wine Tastings
Wine Down Wednesday
Come on out to UnVined and create your own customized wine flight for $12 or pick your favorite wine and then order a bottle at half price. 4 p.m. Wednesdays. 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!7 p.m. Aug. 20. 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. Thursdays. UnVined Wine Bar, 201 W. Chatham St., Cary. 919-481-0881. UnVinedCary.com.
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, 4421 Six Forks Rd., Raleigh. 919-232-2580.
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. Fridays. $5 or free with purchase of a bottle or pre-order. Veritas In Vino at Brandywine Cellars, 6905 Fayetteville Rd., Durham. 919-405-3838. Veritas-In-Vino.com.
Open Deck Tuesdays
Visit Mosaic on for Open Deck Tuesdays hosted by DJ 40oz. First come, first serve, any style, vinyl, cd, or digital! Come see some of the best underground talent in the area. Drink & Hookah specials all night.9 p.m. Tuesdays. Mosaic Wine et Lounge, 517 W. Jones St., Raleigh. 919-412-4260.
Wine tastings available from 12 noon to 5 pm. Noon-5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. $5 per person. Cloer Family Vineyards, 8624 Castleberry Rd., Apex. 919-387-5760. cloerfamilyvineyards.com.