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Summertime backyard barbecues are not just for the meat lovers. Local nonprofit Vegan Action presents Richmond’s annual celebration of the plant-based lifestyle in an effort to encourage human health, reduce animal cruelty, and cultivate a more conscientious environmental footprint. Expect food from area eateries and guest speakers.
Experience the flavors of both Carolinas when Scott Crawford of Crawford and Son in Raleigh hosts fellow chef Mike Lata of Charleston, South Carolina’s FIG and the Ordinary for the second installment of his collaborative dinner series. To stay posted on all the event details, head to Crawford and Son’s website to subscribe to the restaurant’s newsletter.
While hot chicken’s ingredients may be simple — chicken, throat-searing spice, white bread, and pickles — the iconic dish has amassed a following. This free festival celebrates it all with fire truck parades, live music, and a competition for Hot Chicken King and Queen.
At Poole’s Diner in Raleigh, North Carolina, chef Ashley Christensen serves up plates of reimagined comfort food anchored by fresh flavors and seasonal ingredients. She roadtrips to Pinehurst Resort to prepare dinners and sign cookbooks during its Chef & Maker Series, a celebration of the state’s culinarians. pinehurst.com
From hands-on demonstrations to workshops that range from the science of taste and flavor to cultivating a more sustainable seafood culture in the kitchen, this national convention and conference covers all the bases for culinary professionals.http://acfchefs.org
An official Barbecue Competitors Alliance event, last year’s bash brought some sixty cooking teams together to vie for the top ’cue. The event also includes live music, a Run for the Ribs 5K, and a youth barbecue competition.
Peanut butter and jelly, biscuits and gravy—some things just go together. A summer afternoon and cold beer is one of them. This event includes 500 different brews, live music, and a Brewers Palate Award competition.
Grapes or hops? At this festival, you don’t have to choose. Listen to live music while sipping the afternoon away against the mountain backdrop of Snowshoe, West Virginia.
Under the guidance of Executive Chef Cassidee Dabney, this two-part, hands-on workshop gives attendees an insider’s view into the art of crafting a dish at the Barn, one of Blackberry Farm’s award- winning restaurants.
Head to the Big Easy for five cocktail-filled days. Attendees participate in seminars, tastings, and competitions. Plus, you’ll get the skills you need to raise the bar on your cocktail-crafting game.http://talesofthecocktail.com
America’s longest-running charity wine auction, Nashville’s l’Eté du Vin spans three days. The festivities kick off Thursday with a vintner’s tasting, but Saturday brings the main events—a silent and live auction. And the bidding is for a good cause: both events raise money to support the fight against cancer in Middle Tennessee.
This event combines a few classic components of summer: outdoor concerts, barbecue, beer, and festival foods. Take in New Orleans- and Memphis-style blues under the sun at the historic Water Tower Park.http://louisvillebluesandbbqfestival.com