Peak City Pig Fest, Aviator Brewing food truck event and more

The Peak City Pig Fest, a barbecue competition and festival, is this weekend in Apex.
The Peak City Pig Fest, a barbecue competition and festival, is this weekend in Apex. Courtesy of Peak City Pig Fest

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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Events and Classes

BBQ Festival

Despite its many styles, everyone knows barbecue is king in the South. Southern Season will /host be hosting a two-week celebration of this culinary art form, featuring in-store demonstrations and samplings, barbecue in the deli, and tastings from the a great selection of sauces. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. June 17-18; Wednesday-Thursday; 8 a.m.-9 p.m. June 19-20; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. June 21; 8 a.m.-8 p.m. June 22; free. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Drive, Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133,

Beer Basics

Join Kathlene, Wine Department staff member and beer aficionado for this fun and educational A class covering classic beer styles, beer terminology and foods that pair well with various kinds. Attendees will go home with a beer glass set from Spiegelau ($50 value). 6 p.m. June 17 Wednesday; $45. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Drive, Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133,

Annual Peak City Pig Fest

The Triangle’s only KCBS-sanctioned BBQ competition and family festival. Featuring 48 BBQ cook teams, beer garden, music, kids area, food and of course BBQ. Presented by the Apex Sunrise Rotary Club Foundation. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. June 20 Saturday; free. Downtown Apex, 200 N. Salem St., Apex.

Food Truck Rodeo

Aviator Brewing Co.mpany Food Truck Rodeo includes AmigoSan, Stuft, Rolling Bistro and Stand By Me Ice Cream trucks plus release of Double Ugly Rye IPA and Barrel Flights. Live Music 4-9. Noon-10 p.m. June 20; free. Aviator Brewing Co.mpany, 209 Technology Park Lane, Fuquay-Varina.

Annual Fresh Catch Raleigh Festival

Experience fresh cooked seafood and music from The Chit Nasty Band, Ironing Board Sam, Dark Water Rising, Crucial Fiya and more. Local craft beer and art created by a steam roller printing press. Partial proceeds benefit Learning Together, a Raleigh-based nonprofit.1-9 p.m. June 20; $8-$10. Moore Square Park, 200 S. Biscuit, Raleigh. 919-832-1231,

Blueberry Music Festival

Join us at Vollmer Farm for a great Father’s Day weekend event: Live mbluegrass & Blues Music, Back 40 country playground open (fun for all ages), food trucks, beer, cooking demonstrations, pie Eating contests and more! Info and ticketsMore information here: Get your tickets today and SAVE 25% 4-9 p.m. June 20; $9-$12. Vollmer Farm, 677 NC Hwy. 98E, Bunn. 919-496-3076,

Main Dish Salads

As the weather gets warmer, a fresh crisp dinner salad can be the answer for a weeknight meal or easy entertaining. Join Cooking School Manager cooking school manager/ Ellen Clevenger-Firley for some new ideas to keep your dinner fresh and healthy. 6 p.m. June 22; $40. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Drive, Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133,

Chef’s Table at Home Healthy Cooking Classes

Healthy solution to “What’s for dinner tonight?” Join chef Sharon Morf in her hands-on interactive cooking class. 6-8 p.m. June 23, June 30, $50. 1129 Rolling Farm Drive, Raleigh, 919-523-1221.

The Art of Blending

Instead of just tasting great wine, why not try to make your own? In this class you’ll get to see a little of what it’s like to be an actual winemaker. Sommelier Jason from Barboursville Vineyards , Virginia’s most honored winery, brings his laboratory to class to let attendees blend, bottle and imbibe their own personal variety. You’ll get to taste a Wine Spectator 90+ point blend and play with beakers, pipettes and graduated cylinders as you attempt to assemble your own meritage. Jason promises laughs and great wine, and eEach student will leave with /a their own Bordeaux-style blend. 6 p.m. June 24; $50. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Drive, Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133,

Cool Dishes for Hot Summer Days

Beat the heat with some refreshing and fun culinary creations. Join popular chef and cookbook author Sheri Castle as she teaches some perfect recipes for summer that use the best of what the season has to offer. 5 p.m. June 25; $50. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Drive, Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133,

Kid’s Nutrition Workshop

This workshop will /teachbe a unique take on educating children how to eat healthy and make smart choices when it comes to food. It is FREE and designed to teach children who live in and around Raleigh about organic farm life, vegetables, and where food comes from in case they do not have access to this information. The workshop will be taught by three children because kids teaching other kids is effective and fun! It will be a really engaging and fun interactive workshop for kids by kids. 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. June 27; free. Well Fed Community Garden, 1321 Athens Dr., Raleigh. 919-833-8898,

Chefs of the Coast

Page After Page bookstore will be hosting an event with author John E. Batchelor and his new cookbook, “Chef’s of the Coast” which highlights chefs and their recipes all over coastal North Carolina. Elizabeth City’s own Andy Montero is featured in the book, and will be present along with the author, cooking and providing a taste testing. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. June 27; free. Page After Page Bookstore, 111 S. Water St., Elizabeth City. 252-335-7243,

Spirited Pig - Summer Shindig

The all-inclusive ticket will offer three food and bourbon stations and a souvenir tasting glass. Guests will sample bourbon and local brews from Lonerider Brewery, Raleigh Brewing Co., Deep River Brewing Co. and Double Barley Brewing. The event will also feature live music by 40 Love on Carolina Ale House’s open-air patio.Tickets will be pre-sold at the Carolina Ale House, 500 Glenwood Ave. Ten percent of ticket sales will be donated to Helping Hand Mission. Noon-4 p.m. June 27; $30. Carolina Ale House, 512 Creekside Dr., Raleigh. 919-835-2222.

Lamb Butchery Demonstration

Join the Rose’s Meat Market & Sweet Shop team as we break down a whole lamb carcass. Due to its size and tenderness, Lamb is a great introductory animal into the world of butchery. We will go over how to break down the animal to utilize it the best way possible. This means harvesting the chops and steaks as well as all the stew, grind, roasts, fat and bones. What we will cover are: How to cut the shoulder and leg into some great steaks. Grinding techniques. Cutting chops and cleaning up the racks. Cutting and tying roasts. Participants will leave with approximately 5 pounds of meat. 6-9 p.m. June 28; $132.87. Rose’s Meat Market and Sweet Shop, 121 N. Gregson St., Durham.

Sizzle & Saute in the Gardens: 3-Day Workshop (Ages 12-16)

Gain independence by learn how to turn fresh vegetables into delicious food that’s good, and good for you. Mince, saute and bake from seasonal produce and fresh herbs and get in some gardening know-how while you’re at it. This workshop is for teens ages 12-16. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. June 30-July 2; $200. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Anderson St. and Erwin Rd., Durham. 919-684-3698,

Wine tastings

Wine Wednesday at Mosaic Wine Lounge

8 p.m. Wednesdays, Mosaic Wine Lounge, 517 W. Jones St., Raleigh. 919-829-5886,

Wine Down Wednesday at Unvined Wine Bar

4 p.m. Wednesdays, Unvined Wine Bar, 201 W. Chatham St., Cary. 919-481-0881,

Cloer Family Vineyards

11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays, $5. Cloer Family Vineyards, 8624 Castleberry Road, Apex. 919-387-5760,

Wine Authorities’ Saturday Tasting

Education, as well as fun, is at the core of Wine Authorities’ mission. Free tastings take place at both Durham and Raleigh stores on Saturdays. from noon to 3 pm. Check the web site for classes which provide more in-depth wine study. Noon-3 p.m. Saturdays; free. Wine Authorities, 211 E. Franklin St. and 2501 University Drive, Raleigh. 919-831-9463,

Next Glass at Total Wine & More

Next Glass will host a wine and beer tasting event at three Total Wine & More locations: Triangle Plaza, 6105 Capital Blvd, Raleigh; Patterson Place, 3615 Witherspoon Blvd, Durham; North Hills, 4421 Six Forks Rd. Suite 111, Raleigh. 1-5 p.m. June 20; free.

Cibo e Vino: Wine & Food Pairing Event

Sample Italian fare from an area eatery, paired with some of Raffaldini’s excellent Tuscan-style wines. Noon-4 p.m. June 21; free. Raffaldini Vineyards, 450 Groce Rd., Ronda. 336-835-9463,

Farmers Markets

Wake County

Apex Farmers Market

8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays, 220 N. Salem St., Apex,

Cary Downtown Farmers Market

8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays, 135 W. Chatham St., Cary,

Growers Market of Fuquay-Varina

3-6 p.m. Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, Fuquay-Varina Chamber of Commerce, 121 N. Main St., Fuquay-Varina,

Holly Springs Farmers Market

8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays, 128 S. Main St., Holly Springs,

Inter-Faith Food Shuttle Tryon Road Farm Stand

2-6 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, 4505 Tryon Rd, Raleigh,

Knightdale Farmers Market

2-6 p.m. Saturdays (starting May 30), Knightdale Station Park, 810 N. First Ave., Knightdale,

Midtown Farmers Market

8 a.m.- noon Saturdays, North Hills Raleigh, 4150 Main St., Raleigh,

Plantation Point

9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, Plantation Point Shopping Center, 3351 Cypress Plantation Drive, Raleigh,

Quail Corners Farmers Market

8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, Quail Corners Shopping Center, 5003 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh. 919-876-2726,

Raleigh Downtown Farmers Market

10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesdays, 400 block Fayetteville St., Raleigh (City Plaza),

State Farmers Market

5 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays; 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays, 1201 Agriculture St., Raleigh.

The Saturday Market at Rebus Works

10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, 301 Kinsey St., Raleigh,

Wake Forest Farmers Market

8 a.m.-noon Saturdays, 405 S. Brooks St., Wake Forest,

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),

Waverly Place Farmers Market

9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, Waverly Place, Intersection of Tryon and Kildaire Farm Roads, Cary,

Western Wake Farmers Market at Carpenter Village

8 a.m.-noon Saturdays, 101 Gathering Park Circle, Cary,

Western Wake Farmers Market at UNC Wellness Center

7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays, 350 Stonecroft Lane, Cary,

Zebulon Farm Fresh Market

9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, Zebulon Community Center, 310 S. Arendell Ave., Zebulon,

Chatham County

Chatham Mills Farmers Market

8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, 480 Hillsboro St., Pittsboro,

Fearrington Farmers Market

4-6 p.m. Tuesdays, East Camden, Fearrington Village,

Pittsboro Farmers Market

3-6 p.m. Thursdays, 287 East St., Pittsboro,

Siler City

9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, 118 W. Second St., Siler City,

Durham County

Duke Medical Center Farmers Market

11 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays, Searle Center, 10 Searle Drive, Durham (on the green behind the Searle Center and between Nanaline Duke and Bryan Research Buildings),

Durham Farmers Market

3:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays, Durham Central Park, 501 Foster St., Durham,

South Durham Farmers Market

8 a.m.-noon Saturdays, 5410 N.C. 55, Durham,

Franklin County

Franklin County Farmers Market

9 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and Fridays, 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays, 103 S. Bickett Blvd., Louisburg,

Johnston County

Clayton Farm and Community Market

9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, 348 E. Main St., Clayton, (Horne Square),

Lee County

Sanford Farmers Market

9 a.m.-noon Saturdays, Depot Park, 106 Charlotte Ave., Sanford,

Orange County

Carrboro Farmers Market

3-6 p.m. Wednesdays, 7 a.m.-noon Saturdays, 301 W. Main St., Carrboro,

Chapel Hill Farmers Market

3-6 p.m. Tuesdays, 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays, University Mall parking lot, 201 S. Estes Drive, Chapel Hill,

Eno River Farmers Market

8 a.m.-noon Saturdays, 144 E. Margaret Lane, Hillsborough (Farmers Market Pavilion).

Hillsborough Farmers Market

8 a.m.-noon Saturdays, 625 Hampton Point Blvd., Hillsborough (Home Depot parking lot near N.C. 86 and I-85),

Southern Village Farmers Market

3:30-6:30 p.m. Thursdays, 650 Market St., Chapel Hill (Southern Village green),

Vance County

Vance County Regional Farmers Market

7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays, 210 Southpark Drive, Henderson,

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