Food & Drink

Food Notes

Want a breakfast cracker?

Instead of Lance in your pants, you may need pockets in your pajamas. The Charlotte-based snack company, now called Snyder’s-Lance after its merger with Snyder’s of Hanover, is releasing a new line of filled crackers with a breakfast aim. Lance Quick Starts are whole-grain “breakfast biscuit sandwiches,” like their sandwich crackers but filled with morning-centric blueberry, maple and cinnamon fillings instead of the familiar cheese or peanut butter. A five-pack of six-biscuit packets is $2.99.

Also new from Lance: Gluten-free versions of the bite-size peanut butter and cheese sandwich crackers and Snack Factory mini pretzel-crisps. The company says the crackers are the first gluten-free snack crackers available.

Get baking for Matthews contest

The Matthews Community Farmers’ Market returns to its summer hours of 8 a.m.-noon on Saturday, followed by the annual baking contest April 25. This year’s category: Healthy Yeast or Sourdough Bread. There’s no registration or fee to enter. Just arrive by 9 a.m. with your entry, including contact information and the recipe. Details:

Vote for your favorite beer

Battle of the Brews returns 3-6 p.m. Saturday at the South End Food Truck Lot, 100 W. Park Ave. Organizer Mark Miller expects 10 breweries, eight food trucks, exhibitors from bottle shops and pour houses and live music. It is a battle, so you get a 5-ounce tasting glass and 3 bottle caps that will let you vote for your favorite beer. Tickets are $40 at or $50 at the gate.

Say cheese in the mountains

The WNC Cheese Trail, which promotes N.C. cheesemakers, will hold its first Carolina Mountain Cheese Fest, noon-4 p.m. April 26 at Highland Brewing Co., 12 Old Charlotte Highway, Asheville. Expect a grilled-cheese cook-off, milking and cheese demonstrations, panel discussions and 19 cheesemakers. Tickets are $12 in advance at or $15 at the door.