OCT. 15, VIP EXPERIENCE, 3:30 P.M.;
GENERAL ADMISSION, 4 P.M.
This wine and food experience takes over Durham Performing Arts Center’s three floors with North Carolina’s finest restaurants and culinary talents like Jujube’s Charlie Deal, Crossroads Chapel Hill’s Brandon Sharp and Acme’s Kevin Callaghan. Become a connoisseur with the help of sommeliers, sample wine from around the globe and learn why a certain wine pairs well with a particular dish. A portion of the proceeds go to nonprofit Keep Durham Beautiful. Tickets: $75-125.
Don’t miss this two-day festival in its 35th year hosted at Hillsborough’s River Park, including live music, handmade jewelry, contests, games and – of course – barbecue. Free admission
SEPT. 17, 1 P.M. & 4 P.M.
Expect all-you-can-eat artisanal cheese paired with the perfect craft beer at Weaver Street Market’s third annual festival at The Cloth Mill at Eno River celebrating southern cheesemakers, North Carolina craft brewers and Pittsboro’s Rural Advancement Foundation International – proceeds from ticket sales benefit that organization. Tickets: $35.
SEPT. 22, 6:30 P.M.
Celebrate all things pork at The Root Cellar’s 6th annual event. From country-fried to country ham and everything in between, this evening will be sure to invigorate your taste buds. Tickets: $50-$55.
SEPT. 24, 3 P.M.
Support local farmers at Abundance NC’s 10th annual Pepperfest at The Great Meadow Park at Briar Chapel. Sample a wide variety of pepper-centric dishes and beverages, celebrating the beauty of peppers in their red, yellow and green glory. Tickets: $30; children ages 7-12: $5; children 6 and under: free.
OCT. 1, 2 P.M.
North Carolina Botanical Garden plays host to Crook’s Corner chef Bill Smith and gardener Betsey Elliot as they walk you through heirloom seed selection, the growing process and how Bill utilizes these vegetables on Crook’s menu. Cooking demonstrations and a tasting are included. Tickets: $20-$22.
OCT. 15, 3:30 P.M.
TABLE, a nonprofit organization dedicated to feeding local hungry kids, hosts its annual fundraising dinner again this year at Carrboro’s Weaver Street Market, featuring live music and a hearty meal of soup, bread and dessert. Guests who purchase a $30 ticket will also take home a locally made pottery bowl. Tickets: $15-$50.
OCT. 21, 1 P.M.
Featuring more than 40 chefs and artisans from across the state and over 80 sustainably produced beverages, this event at The Village Green at Southern Village closes out TerraVita Food & Drink Festival for the eighth year in a row. Tickets: $65-80.
NOV. 5, 5 P.M.
The 27th annual A Tasteful Affair will be held at The Blue Zone at Kenan Stadium. Enjoy bites and sips from 26 of the Triangle’s best restaurants and bid at the silent auction, all to benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill. Tickets: $50-100.
Bonus Event – Salt & Smoke