Food & Drink

Food Notes

Blue Ridge BBQ festival in Top 10

The Blue Ridge BBQ & Music Festival in Tryon, coming up June 13-14, got a boost from the website this month.

Thrillist sends out daily lists like “The 33 Best BBQ Joints” or “The 21 Best Ice Cream Shops.” May 7’s list was “The Top 10 BBQ Festivals and Competitions.” Blue Ridge made the list, along with Memphis in May, the Jack Daniels Invitational and the Big Apple Block Party in New York. Find the list on, and get details of this year’s Blue Ridge festival at Kathleen Purvis

Learn to preserve food

The N.C. Cooperative Extension has a series of hands-on workshops on preserving food in Cabarrus County this summer, all at the Kitchen Learning Center, 715 Cabarrus Ave. W. in Concord. Classes will cover home canning, home freezing and dehydrating, tomatoes and salsa, and home pickling. Dates vary, and prices range from $12 to $20. Details and registration: 704-920-3315 or


High tea in Ballantyne

The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge will offer a series of afternoon teas 1-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday this summer. Events include teas to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s birthday June 5-8, and Summer in the Carolinas June 19-22. Cost is $32 for adults, $16 for younger than 18. Reservations required: 704-248-4100. KP