No doubt. Southerners like to chow down on some good food. We've been known for our basketball for a long time, but North Carolina is making a name for itself in the culinary world, too. Each year, we have numerous restaurants and chefs that receive James Beard Award Nominations. That's like the Oscars for the food industry for those who may be wondering "James Who?"
North Carolina is a top agriculture state, and our local chefs get down to our amazing roots. They source seasonal, local ingredients. These chefs are creative and innovative with the merging of flavors from ingredients. As a tourism state with both the mountains and the coast, dining is not about just getting something to eat. Instead, it's a tasting and cultural experience.
Each year, North Carolina celebrates the food experience through a four-day food festival in Durham, N.C with portions of the ticket sales going to charity. It's now in its fourth year and TASTE 2017 will be the biggest yet with the Regional Taste event that will include Southern chefs, food and beverage outside of the Raleigh-Durham and Chapel Hill area.
This new tasting event will be held Saturday, April 22 from 12 pm to 2:30 at the Durham Armory and will put more than 30 chefs under one roof for the regional grand tasting experience.
In a media partnership with Durham Magazine, Chapel-Hill Magazine, and Chatham Magazine, I am giving away two tickets to this April 22 event. Two tickets are valued at $140. Single tickets are $75.
Good luck. This is a four-day foodie weekend with many of attractions and events from April 20-April 23. Here are a few highlights and you can see all the events and purchase tickets on the TASTE2017 website.
Grant Taste Event with Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill Chefs
Whole Hog Demonstration
Cider Class and Tasting
The Ultimate Gluten-Free Dinner
The Seasonal Chef Class
Regional Grand Taste Chef Experience (Enter our Giveaway for two tickets below)
Wine vs. Beer
Tacos Y Tequila Night at Dos Perros
JazzBrunch at NanaSteak (Six Seatings)
Salt and Smoke: Taste2017 Style at the Rickhouse
To learn more about the event and purchase tickets, visit TASTE2017 official website.