Fall Food and Wine Festival Guide

GREAT GRAPES!

WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL

When: Saturday, Sept. 30, 11am – 7pm

Where: Symphony Park at SouthPark Mall

4400 Sharon Road, Charlotte, NC 28211

This event features 200+ wines from 20+ wineries to choose from, live music, fun festival eats, arts and crafts, gourmet items and free kid’s area.

Kids & parking are free. Tickets: VIP admission – $49 advanced/$55 on-site, adult admission – $33 advanced/$35 on-site and $20 designated driver admission (on-site only). UncorkTheFun.com

RALEIGH’S 3RD ANNUAL NORTH CAROLINA WINE FESTIVAL

When: Saturday, Oct. 28, 12pm – 6pm

Where: Midtown Park at North Hills

4011 Cardinal at North Hills Street,

Raleigh, NC (Park at N Hills St.)

This is the largest wine festival in North Carolina. Enjoy delicious food, the opportunity to shop local businesses, and purchase wines you like by the bottle and case, all while listening to live music. This event supports the local community and benefits the Raleigh Jaycees and the Foundation of Hope.

Tickets: $27-$58.68 Free parking in 7 parking decks surrounding the festival. NCWineFestival.com

CAROLINA ANNUAL RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL AND ARTISAN MARKETPLACE

When: Saturdays & Sundays, Sept. 30 – Nov. 19

Where: 16445 Poplar Tent Road

Huntersville, NC, 28078

This festival is fun for all ages by making history come alive with non-stop entertainment, arts and crafts, games and rides, jousting knights on horseback, feasting and much more. The Artisan Marketplace features over 100 vendors displaying a variety of unique, hand-made wares. The Village’s concessionaires offer a wide assortment of confections, premium meats on sticks, stews, sandwiches and many other menu items. Craft beers, soft drinks and refreshments also available.

Tickets: $14 for children ages 5 -12 (under 5 always free) and $24 for adults ages 13 and up. Season passes – $80 for children and $140 for adults. Carolina.RenfestInfo.com

LAKE CAROLINA’S

WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL

When: Saturday, Oct. 21, 2pm – 5pm

Where: The Lake House at Lake Carolina

1090 Ballard Drive, Columbia, SC 29229

14th annual Lake Carolina’s Wine & Food Festival brings fine wines, dining and entertainment to the shores of Lake Carolina. This event is in support of Children’s Charities of the Midlands. Featured this year: fine wines from Sam’s Fine Wines and Spirits paired with delicious hors d’oeuvres by Scott Hall Catering. Also featured: Mimosa station from Sallie’s Greatest drink syrups, distilled spirits samples from Gorget Distilling Company, and gourmet oil and vinegar tastings with The Crescent Olive. There will be chef demonstrations, a silent auction, ticket raffle and great music.

Tickets: $35-$40 at EventBrite.com

2ND ANNUAL CLT’S MACDOWN MAC-N-CHEESE COMPETITION & CRAFT BEER TASTING

When: Saturday, Nov. 11, 2pm – 6pm

Where: Heights Music Hall

935 South Summit Avenue,

Charlotte, NC 28208

A mac and cheese competition and craft beer tasting that celebrates the dish by featuring variations spanning continents and cultures. Includes all you can eat samples from 20+ of Charlotte BEST restaurants serving their specialty mac and cheese with a side, all paired with your favorite craft beers from around the region and Charlotte. This is an all-inclusive food and beverage event, so it is 21 and over only.

Tickets: $40.00 (some fees may apply) at FreshTix.com

VIRGINIA WINE AND GARLIC FESTIVAL

When: Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 14 & 15

10am – 5pm

Where: Rebec Vineyards

2229 N Amherst Hwy, Amherst, Virginia

This festival is “Always a Stinkin’ Good Time”. This event features Virginia wines, live entertainment, arts, crafts and garlic! Also featured are tastings by guest wineries, multiple stages with live entertainment, over 150 unique arts, crafts and specialty foods.

Tickets: Wine tasting – $30 at the gates, Non-Tasting: $20 at the gates (Tickets may be upgraded to 2-day passes at the gate – $10). Children 12 and under – free. VirginiaGarlicFestival.com

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