Dos and Don’ts for this weekend’s Taste of Charlotte festival

It’s that time again. One of Charlotte’s biggest festivals is back, celebrating food and wine from area restaurants. Taste of Charlotte is June 10-12 and is located in the heart of uptown, along Tryon Street from Stonewall to 5th.

Here are some “Dos and Don’ts” so you can make the most out of your weekend.


(1) Do have a plan

Taste of Charlotte is huge and you could become a bit overwhelmed with the vendors, food items and more. Take a look at the Taste of Charlotte map  to figure out where you want to start, and what restaurants and businesses you want to try.

You can also find a list of all the participating restaurants here.

(2) Do check the weather

As of yesterday, the weather forecast predicts a hot and sunny weekend with highs in the mid-to-high 90s. But if you’ve lived here for more than a few weeks you already know the weather can change quickly. So keep watching it, and plan your clothes, sunscreen usage and hydration accordingly.

(3) Do have a designated driver — or Uber. 

There will be plenty of delicious beers and wines to sample at the event, so if you plan on drinking at this year’s festival make sure to have a buddy on hand who will be remaining sober to be your designated driver. Or if everyone plans on having some fun just make sure you catch a taxi or an Uber.

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(1) Don’t over buy coins

Taste of Charlotte is free to attend, but if you want to sample food and beverages you have to buy coins. You can buy a large cup of 15 coins online for $20 (you can also buy coins at the event). Restaurant samples typically cost 1-3 coins per item and beverages from 2-4 coins.

Click here to check out menus and see how many coins you will need for each item you want to try.

It’s Tuesday so we’re thinking about tacos! The brisket taco from @queencityq has us counting down the days until Taste of Charlotte where they will be serving them all weekend long! June 10-12 #tasteclt #cltfood

A photo posted by Taste of Charlotte (@tasteofcharlotte) on May 31, 2016 at 10:51am PDT

(2) Don’t overpay for parking

To avoid paying an arm and a leg around uptown, plan ahead on your parking destinations. Charlotte has cheaper options to get you where you need to be. Taking the light rail, Gold Rush or streetcar will help you avoid traffic and is cheaper than parking you’ll find near uptown during the festival. It will also save you from getting a ticket or, even worse, your car towed.


Taste of Charlotte

Dates: June 10-12.

Time: Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Location: Tryon Street between Stonewall and 5th streets.

Cost: Free, but coins can be purchased for food and drink samples.

Photo: Davie Hinshaw