This might be the 25th anniversary of the Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend. But they’re not looking backward.
Even the hip transportation service Uber Charlotte is a part of the April 22-26 festival this year. If you download the Uber app and use the code “CWFW14,” the ride-request service will donate $5 to the charity event.
What else is new this year? There’s a Weekend Friend package that gets you things like a concierge hotline and invitations to special events, a cooking demonstration at The Design Center in South End with chef Chris Hall of Local Three Kitchen & Bar in Atlanta, and a Dream Team Tasting at the Ritz-Carlton led by nationally renowned wine master Doug Frost.
And there are the other events that wine fans have come to know from previous years: Wine dinners, wine classes, Big Bottles & Blues, the 1,000 Point Tasting, and the Grand Gala and Live Auction at the Ritz-Carlton.
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This year’s Vintner’s Tasting, a popular event that allows you to sample a number of the wines featured throughout the weekend, will be held at a slightly different time and place this year: 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, at the Atherton Market.
Tickets to the events range from $35 to $375, and are only available at the website, www.charlottewineandfood.org. Some events and dinners already have sold out, but a few $150 tickets are still available to the Thursday night dinner at Fahrenheit, one of Charlotte’s newest restaurants, with chef Rocco Whalen and Bure Family Wines.
All of the events support charities that benefit children. This year, the money raised goes to the Council for Children’s Rights, Pat’s Place Child Advocacy Center, the Second Harvest of Metrolina Backpack Project for Kids, and Charlotte Concerts, which supports arts education.