Shout's Culinary Arts festival washed out

Charlotte Shout's Culinary Arts Experience was washed out Friday night, when persistent rain forced organizers to change the schedule for the outdoor cooking festival. But chef Cat Cora of “Iron Chef America” was able to stay and will appear at 2 p.m.

“We're trying to avoid the word ‘canceled,'” said Moira Quinn of Charlotte Center City Partners, which puts on the Culinary Arts Experience. “Nothing is canceled. We'll have all the activities we planned.”

All of the activities are held outdoors or under tents.

Shout officials scrambled to change the lineup Friday. Cora was rescheduled, but Chinese chef Martin Yan, a Shout regular, wasn't able to change his travel arrangements and had to leave. The Saturday schedule was shifted slightly to accommodate the changes, and the cooking show will go on as planned from noon to 9 p.m. with all the other chefs, including Billy Strynkowski of Cooking Light and Curtis Stone of the TV program “Take Home Chef.”

Shout's Culinary Arts Experience has moved across the street this year, from the Gateway Atrium to the grounds of Johnson & Wales University at 800 W. Trade St. All the activities planned there today will go on, including the three cooking schools, the main stage, the Mondavi Discover Wine program and the booths featuring food from local restaurants.

For a complete schedule, parking information and other details, go to www.charlotteshout.com.

And if you are worried about gas availability, Quinn said there also are directions for taking the Lynx light rail to uptown and then transferring to a bus for the trip down West Trade Street.