It’s only natural that the “City of Arts and Innovation” would elect to toast its agricultural underpinnings and celebrate the food and drink of the South as an art and with innovation. Winston-Salem ( www.visitwinstonsalem.com) offers everything culinary travelers dream about and savory restaurants and events you won’t find anywhere else in the country.
The new Moravian Cookie Trail ( http://bit.ly/1eWYK4A) invites you to nibble your way through Winston-Salem for tasting, tours and purchases.
At The Tavern at Old Salem ( www.thetaverninoldsalem.ws) this spring, keep an eye out for fruits and veggies harvested from the Old Salem Museum & Gardens on Chef Jared Keiper’s tables.
Winston-Salem is the gateway to more than 35 wines of the Yadkin Valley ( www.visitwinstonsalem.com/wine). Winston-Salem is the perfect place to base your wine travel, with hotel packages and tour services waiting to whisk you to the vineyards.
Last fall, Small Batch Beer Co. ( www.smallbatchws.com) arrived on West Fifth Street downtown, serving microbrews made one barrel at a time using ingredients from the local farmers market. They also serve carefully selected wines, craft cocktails and pizzas made to drink with beer.
The 4th Annual Pottery Fair on the Square (May 17; www.oldsalem.org) at Old Salem Museums & Gardens features more than 30 North Carolina potters presenting handmade stoneware, earthenware and folk art in a variety of styles. The event is in Salem Square in the heart of the historic Old Salem district.
The 10th annual Texas Pete Twin City RibFest (June 5-8; www.twincityribfest.com) fills the air with the scent of smoke and barbecue. The festival hosts a fierce rib cook-off, more than 20 music acts on three stages, and fun for the entire family. Don’t miss the serious karaoke and the popular Songwriters Stage.
The top names in world tennis in hit the courts at the Winston-Salem Open (Aug. 16-23; www.winstonsalemopen.com), an ATP World Tour 250 event with a total purse of $625,000. Held at Wake Forest University, it’s the final men’s event of the Emirates Airline US Open Series. Lynn Seldon