Lafayette Village barbecue contest, tasting tours and more food events

Meet barbecue champion Chris Prieto at the Lafayette Village BBQ contest on July 18.
Meet barbecue champion Chris Prieto at the Lafayette Village BBQ contest on July 18. Courtesy of Chris Prieto

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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Healthy Lifestyle Changes for a Better You

This two-part series will focus on how to eat healthy for life and how to stay active. 5:30 p.m., 7 p.m. July 15. Free. Durham County Human Services, 414 E. Main St, Durham. 919-560-7648.

Garden-Fresh Southwestern Feast

Join cookbook author and food writer Sheri Castle to gain some new techniques and menu ideas to enjoy and impress family and friends. 6 p.m. July 16. $50. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133,

Raleigh Food Tours

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. July 17-18, July 24; $50-$

Trivia Night at the Winery

Join us for our First Trivia Night. We also have two beers on tap and Big John’s Wings and Things Food Truck. 7-10 p.m. July 17. Chatham Hill Winery, 8245 Chapel Hill Rd, Cary. 919-380-7135.

Chapel Hill-Carrboro Food Tours

Go behind the scenes of Chapel Hill and Carrboro restaurants and the Carrboro Farmers’ Market, where traditional and modern farm-to-table cuisine comes to life. The 11 a.m. tour includes food at three restaurants, tastings at the market, and beer and coffee tastings and demos. The 3:15 p.m. tour includes visits to up to five restaurants with wine or beer pairings, coffee and dessert. 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 3-6:30 p.m. July 18; $50-$65.

DIY Kombucha and Fermented Beverages

Ideal for those wanting to brew kombucha at home, this hands-on class is an introduction to making ancient fermented tea and other fermented beverages such as kvass, kefir and more. 1:30-3:30 p.m. July 18. $59. Whisk, 316 Colonades Way, Cary. 919-322-2458,

Lafayette Village Annual BBQ Competition

Enjoy up to 20 teams’ BBQ as they compete for People’s Choice award. Be sure to enjoy the other great food, shopping, live music, and the chance to meet barbecue champion and cookbook author Christopher Prieto. Sales to vote for the “People’s Choice BBQ Contest” will start at 11 outside Savory Spice Shop. Tickets to cast your vote are $10 per set of five tickets and one voting card; max of four sets of tickets per person. All proceeds from the contest will go to support Raleigh Rescue Mission. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. July 18. Lafayette Village, 8450 Honeycutt Rd., Raleigh. 866-691-6560,

Class: Lamb on the Grill

Do you love lamb, but are unsure how to cook it? Join Craig Rogers, owner and shepherd of Border Springs Farm in Virginia, and discover the unforgettable flavor of lean and mild farm-raised lamb. 6 p.m. July 18. $45. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133,

Kids in the Kitchen: Parisian Bistro Cooking Class

During this 2-hour hands-on class, kids will prepare French-inspired recipes such as gougeres (fancy little cheese puffs), chicken Paillard with pan sauce, Nutella and banana crepes and strawberry mascarpone crepes. Ages 7-12 preferred. Parents are not required to stay during class. 2-4 p.m. July 19. $59. Whisk, 316 Colonades Way, Cary. 919-322-2458,

The Sicilian Table Cooking Class

Sicilian food has Greek, Spanish, French and Arab influences. Discover the bold and contrasting flavors that balance each other on the plate. 6 p.m. July 20. $40. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133,

Kids Cooking Camp

Is your child a budding baker or chef? Send them to the Southern Season Kids Cooking Camp. During this week-long camp kids ages 7-11 will learn the basics of baking and cooking. Each day has a different theme. Students can attend the entire week or one or two days based on their interest. 11 a.m. July 20-24. $35 per day. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133,

Class: Do-Ahead Delights

Learn tips and easy recipes that can be prepared in advance so all you have to do on the day of your dinner is relax. Raleigh food writer Debbie Moose will offer ideas from her six cookbooks and years of entertaining experience. 6 p.m. July 21. $40. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133,

Class: Hands-on Grilling 101

In this class we will discuss proper grilling technique, marinades and the timing of cooking on a grill, both charcoal and gas. Menu includes: Grilled Summer Vegetables; Grilled Flank Steak with Basil Mint Vinaigrette; Hickory Smoked Ribs and Tomatoes; Grilled Corn and Avocado Salad; Grilled Flatbread; Grilled Peaches with Buttermilk Ice Cream. 6-8 p.m. July 22. $59. Durham Spirits Co., 311 E. Trinity Ave., Durham. 425-463-5430,

Fifty Shades of Food: A Unique 50-Course Tasting Experience

We invite you to be a part of a culinary event like no other! Welcome to “Fifty Shades of Food: A Unique 50-course Tasting Experience,” created by Chef Camille Christina of 2Girls Chef Services.6:30-8:30 p.m. July 24; $50; $95 couples. Aviator Brewing Company, 209 Technology Park Ln., Fuquay-Varina.

Chocolate for Kids

The kids will have a hands-on mini-lesson and tasting of different chocolates, then make some of their soon-to-be favorite chocolate desserts. This class is for kids age 6 years and up. 10 a.m. July 25. $35. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133,

Last Saturday Food and Wine Pairing

Join the Southern Season Wine Department and Cooking School as they team up for this fun and casual evening of food and wine. Four wines (3-ounce pour of each) will each be paired with one plate of food. Enter any time between 5:30 and 8 p.m. Work your way around the room tasting and enjoying. Participation is limited to 50. Please register in advance. 5:30-8 p.m. July 25. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133,

Afternoon with the Winemaker

Join vineyard owner and winemaker Jay Raffaldini as he guides you on a tour of the winery. Learn how they craft their award-winning wines as well as go step-by-step through the winemaking process. 1 p.m., 3 p.m. July 25; $15. Raffaldini Vineyards, 450 Groce Rd., Ronda. 336-835-9463,

Chatham Street Chowdown - Food Truck Rally

There will be 15 local food trucks and a beer & wine garden. There will be plenty of seating and live music throughout the event. 5 p.m.-9:30 p.m. July 26; free. Downtown Cary, Academy St., Cary,

An Afternoon in Tuscany

Guests will enjoy a meal with panini, followed by a stroll through the vines and an outdoor concert featuring Musica Nostra. Noon-3 p.m. July 26; $65. Raffaldini Vineyards, 450 Groce Rd., Ronda. 336-835-9463,

The Science of Food and Wine

A breakthrough method of food and wine pairing explained using proven, unbiased chemistry. The basic concepts are clear, very fun to learn and much easier than you think! Most importantly, it works. 6 p.m. July 28; $35. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133,

Meatless Monday

Meatless does not mean flavorless! Join Chef Susan Hearn for this hand-on class to learn some new cooking techniques and tasty recipes. Whether you are a vegetarian or just interested in some new menu ideas this class is sure to please. 5 p.m. July 27. $45. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133,

Summer Barbecue

Join Chef Ben Adams, formerly of Durham’s highly acclaimed Piedmont Restaurant, for his up-scale and fun approach to a summer BBQ. Chef Adams will show you the techniques and recipes to kick you next BBQ up a notch. 6 p.m. July 30. $40. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133,

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

Free tastings take place at both Durham and Raleigh stores. Check the website for classes that provide more in-depth wine study. Noon-3 p.m. Saturdays; 5-7 p.m. Tuesdays; free. Wine Authorities, 211 E. Franklin St., Raleigh; 2501 University Dr.,

Fridays Uncorked: Austria

Austria provides us with some of the best offerings for summer fare – lighter style reds and vibrant whites; but it does not end there. 5-8 p.m. July 24. $15. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133,

What is Pinot Grigio?

Pinot Gris or Pinot Grigio? French, yes. Italian, yes. NC, yes. Such a wide range of flavors in one little wine. This weekend, sample three distinctly different styles of Pinot Grigio so you can taste the difference. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. July 25-26; $2. Chatham Hill Winery, 8245 Chapel Hill Rd, Cary. 919-380-7135,

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, durhamfarmersmarket.comSouth 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,