Wine classes, tastings and more


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

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 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. Each student will leave with a Bordeaux-style blend. 6 p.m. June 24; $50. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Drive, Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133,

Rosé & Seafood Dinner

Enjoy six high-quality rosés from Spain, France, Germany and Austria. These fresh, vibrant wines are paired with a delicious 5-course seafood menu to include oysters on the half-shell, NC fresh shrimp ceviche and seared wild king salmon. Guest speakers “Johnny Rosato” and Cam Davis will guide guests through the wines, finishing with a sparkling rosé for dessert. $55. 7 p.m. June 24, Guglhupf, 2706 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd., Durham, 919-4012600,

Cool Dishes for Hot Summer Days

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,

Star Spangled Friday: A Patriotic Cooking Class at Whisk

Gather your friends for a patriotic selection of summer recipes that are perfect for your 4th of July celebration. Salute the USA with this tribute to updated all American classics, and discover creative presentation ideas. 6:30-8:30 p.m. June 26; $69. Whisk, 316 Colonades Way, Cary. 919-322-2458,

Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tours

Go behind the scenes of Chapel Hill and Carrboro restaurants and the renowned Carrboro farmers market (11 a.m. tour), where traditional and modern farm-to-table cuisine comes to life. The 11 a.m. tour includes food at three different restaurants, substantial tastings with farmers and vendors at the Carrboro Farmers’ Market, and beer and coffee tastings and demonstrations. The 3:15 p.m. tour includes visits to four to five different restaurants with a number of wine or beer pairings, plus coffee and dessert. Schedules are subject to change on a week-to-week basis based on restaurant availability. Tours run rain or shine. Please dress appropriately for the weather. Wear comfortable shoes; walking distance is 2 to 3 miles. Tour runs 3 to 3.5 hours. 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 3-6:30 p.m. June 27; $50-$65.

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. 1:30-5 p.m., 4-7:30 p.m. June 26-27, July 3; $50-$65.

Kid’s Nutrition Workshop

This workshop will teach 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. The workshop will be taught by three children because kids teaching other kids is effective and fun! 10-11:30 a.m. June 27; free. Well Fed Community Garden, 1321 Athens Drive, Raleigh. 919-833-8898,

Chefs of the Coast

Page After Page bookstore will host 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 Andy Montero is featured in the book, and will be present along with the author, cooking and providing a taste. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. June 27; free. Page After Page Bookstore, 111 S. Water St., Elizabeth City. 252-335-7243,

An Ice Cream and Soda Shop Celebration at Whisk

Summer-like weather has inspired Whisk to host this interactive and tasty ice cream-themed event. Chefs will be doing free demonstrations on topics, such as making ice cream in 10 minutes, N.C. craft root beer floats and homemade sprinkles and sauces. There also will be samples of ice creams, floats, sauces and sprinkles, multiple giveaways of our favorite ice cream scoops, equipment discounts and a drawing for a Whisk gift certificate. Free. 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. June 27, Whisk, 216 Colonades Way, Cary, 919-322-2458,

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, 500 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. 919-835-2222.

Kids in the Kitchen and Art: A Cooking and Color Me Mine Mini Camp

In this class, your children will roll up their sleeves and tackle recipes that will inspire your own 4th of July parties. 1-4 p.m. June 28; $69. Whisk, 316 Colonades Way, Cary. 919-322-2458,

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. We will cover: How to cut the shoulder and leg into steaks. Grinding techniques. Cutting chops, and cleaning up the racks. Cutting and tying roasts. Libations and meat snacks will also be served. 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.

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 30, $50. 1129 Rolling Farm Drive, Raleigh, 919-523-1221.

Sizzle & Saute in the Gardens

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 ages 12-16. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. June 30-July 2; $200. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Anderson Street and Erwin Road, Durham. 919-684-3698,

Portable Summer Feast: Cooking Class

Set up your Wind Down Wednesday chairs, then come on in to prepare fast, fresh, and elegant summer dishes. Enjoy portable, party food that will inspire entertaining on your porch, at the pool, or at a Waverly Place concert. Menu includes: Pressed chicken Paillard with quick pickled summer squash; Quinoa with corn, tomatoes and avocado salad; Arugula, watermelon, and goat cheese salad; Piquant grilled peaches with a balsamic drizzle; And golden salted caramel bars. 6-8:15 p.m. July 1; $59. Whisk, 316 Colonades Way, Cary. 919-322-2458,

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,

Tasty Tuesday

Education, as well as fun, is at the core of Wine Authorities mission. Free tastings take place at both Durham and Raleigh stores on Tuesdays. Check the website for classes which provide more in-depth wine study. 5-7 p.m. June 30; free. Wine Authorities, 211 E. Franklin St., Raleigh. 919-831-9463,

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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