Food trucks, cooking classes and more

There are two upcoming food truck events in Cary. Chela Tu, part owner of Chirba Chirba, serves up dumplings during a food truck event in Durham in 2012.
There are two upcoming food truck events in Cary. Chela Tu, part owner of Chirba Chirba, serves up dumplings during a food truck event in Durham in 2012.

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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Chatham Street Chowdown - Food Truck Rally

There will be 15 local food trucks and a beer and wine garden. There will be plenty of seating and live music throughout the event. 4/19, noon-4:30 p.m. Downtown Cary.

Class: Saigon Street Food

We are traveling to Vietnam to experience some of the most flavorful street food in the world. We will discuss Vietnamese ingredients and cooking techniques, showing you just how easy it is to make these fresh dishes bold flavors. Menu includes: Traditional Banh Mi with daikon and carrot pickle and sriracha aioli; Char Siu Pork; Chicken Sate; Spring Rolls with Nuoc Cham Dipping Sauce; Banh Xeo Rice Crepes. 4/12, 1-3 p.m. $59. Durham Spirits Co., 311 E. Trinity Ave. 425-463-5430,

Class: Korean

Today we are going to make some traditional SEOUL Food! Join us on this culinary adventure to Korea. We will discuss common ingredients, how to prepare them, and make a traditional Korean meal. Menu includes: Bulgogi; Bibimbap; Whole Fried Fish with Glass Noodles; Korean Fried Chicken; Sweet Rice with Jujubes. 4/15, 6-8 p.m. $59. Durham Spirits Co., 311 E. Trinity Ave. 425-463-5430,

Counter Culture Coffee Event

This is a 20th anniversary celebration for Counter Culture Coffee, which is headquartered in Durham NC. Enjoy rocking music, a bunch of tasty coffee, food, hangs in the park, and plenty of activities for the kids. 4/18, 3-7 p.m. Durham Central Park, 501 Foster St. 919-794-8194,

Flora and Food Trucks

Enjoy gourmet, local food while surrounded by beautiful blooms. The third annual Fairview Garden Center Flora and Food Trucks series will feature the Triangle’s most popular and delicious food trucks. "From dumplings to ice cream, gourmet cakes and unique deli creations, Flora and Food Trucks will have something to satisfy everyone’s taste buds," says Fairview Marketing Director, Heather Rollins. "Our acres of tropical greenhouses and nursery filled with bright blooms create the perfect atmosphere for a weekend indulgence of flowers and food."The events are family friendly and admission is free. The food trucks will charge their regular prices for the food offered. Each event day will feature one savory and one sweet food truck. Participating food trucks include Chirba Chirba Dumpling, Sweet Traditions, CockADoodleMoo, JAM Ice Cream, The All American, Chez Moi, Porchetta, The Parlour, Deliicious, Baguetteaboutit, and Bulkogi. 4/11, 4/18, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Fairview Greenhouses and Garden Center, 8224 Holly Springs Road, Raleigh. 919-851-6821,

Japanese Tea Gathering

Join us for a moment of respite in the Duke Gardens teahouse, where, as a guest to tea, you will experience the warmth of a traditional Japanese tea gathering. Enjoy the aesthetics, poetry and serenity of this rich tradition over an enticing bowl of whisked green tea and a Japanese confection. Guests will meet at the Doris Duke Center to be escorted on a 10-minute walk to the teahouse. Daytime teas are open for children age 6 and older with an accompanying adult, at the family rate. Led by: Chizuko Sueyoshi with members of the Japanese Tea Practitioners of Durham.Participant limit: 10.Location: Meet at the Doris Duke Center.Pre-registration required (parking pass included).Information/registration: 919-668-1707; 4/18, 10:45 a.m.-noon. $30-$40. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Anderson Street and Erwin Road, Durham. 919-684-3698,

Pig Pickin’ & Open House

CPO food pantry invites you to come to its 2nd annual Pig Pickin’ and Open House. There will be chopped pork, potato salad, hushpuppies, brownies and sweet tea as well as music, free face painting and a bake sale. All the proceeds will go toward providing food for clients of the parish. CPO distributes groceries to an average of 10,500 people a month. Come "pig out" to feed more families in Raleigh. 4/18, 3:30-7:30 p.m. $10. Catholic Parish Outreach, 2539 Noblin Road, Raleigh.

Spring Afternoon Tea

Please join us for an Afternoon Tea at Weathervane in our stately Oak Room or Garden Patio on Tuesday, April 14 from 3-5 p.m. We will be serving a selection of artisan finger sandwiches, savory scones and mini desserts along with teas from ou rfamed tea department. Cost is $24 per person and $15 per child. Tax and gratuity will be added to all checks. 4/14, 3-5 p.m. $24; $15 children. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Drive, Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133,

Wine tastings

Eight Things You Need to Know About Rose

A beginner’s guide to thinking and drinking pink. During all wine tastings this weekend, we will taste and talk about the ’wine that goes with everything.4/11, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; 4/12, 1-5 p.m. Chatham Hill Winery, 8245 Chapel Hill Road, Cary. 919-380-7135.

Four Seasons Spring Wine Tasting Dinner

The Four Seasons Wine Tasting Dinners are held Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter and are hosted by Jay Raffaldini. Each dinner features four seasonal food courses and four specially chosen wines to complement the food. Culinary and wine descriptions will be given during the evening to enhance your enjoyment. This is an opportunity to share your food and wine passion with like-minded friends. 4/11, 6-9 p.m. $82.50. Raffaldini Vineyards, 450 Groce Road, Ronda. 336-835-9463,

Take a Hike With Jay Raffaldini

Join Jay Raffaldini on a moderate hike around the Raffaldini property. Wear sensible walking shoes and prepare yourself for a delightful morning out. The hike will be followed by a hearty luncheon of soup and crusty breads--of course accompanied by wine. 4/12, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. $40. Raffaldini Vineyards, 450 Groce Road, Ronda. 336-835-9463,

Vines for Veterans Festival

Enjoy a wine tasting and silent auction in support of The National Veterans Creative Arts Festival hosted by Durham VA Medical Center. Their will be arts and crafts vendors, live music, food and more. 4/11, Noon-5 p.m. $30; $25 advance. Doyle’s Vineyard, 8913 N.C. 751 N., Durham. 919-316-1903.

Wine 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. 4/8, 4/15, 4/22, 8 p.m. Mosaic Wine Lounge, 517 W. Jones St., Raleigh. 919-829-5886,

Wine Down Wednesdays

Come on out to UnVined for $12 Flights and 1/2 Price Bottles.Come on out to UnVined and create your own customized wine flight, pick your favorite wine and then order a bottle at 1/2 price.4/8, 4/15, 4/22, 4 p.m. Unvined Wine Bar, 201 W. Chatham St., Cary. 919-481-0881,

Farmers Markets

Archer Lodge

4/11, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Archer Lodge Farmers Market, 14000 Buffalo Road, Archer Lodge.


4/8, 3-6 p.m.; 4/11, 7 a.m.-noon; 4/15, 3-6 p.m.; 4/18, 7 a.m.-noon; 4/22, 3-6 p.m. Carrboro Farmers’ Market, 301 W. Main St. carrborofarmersmarket .com.


4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 8 a.m.-noon. Durham Central Park, 501 Foster St. 919-794-8194,

Plantation Point

4/11, 4/18, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Plantation Point Shopping Center, 3351 Cypress Plantation Drive, Raleigh.

Wake Forest

4/11, 4/18, 10 a.m.-noon. Wake Forest Farmers Market, 405 S. Brooks St. 919-556-2284,

Western Wake

4/11, 4/18, 8 a.m.-noon. Western Wake Farmers’ Market, 1225 Morrisville Carpenter Road, Cary.