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North CarolinaCooking Vacations, Foodie Tours, Culinary Getaways

Treat your taste buds to a delicious trip through North Carolina. Try Calabash-style seafood or voice your opinion on a long-running feud over Eastern or Lexington-style barbecue. Dine out at savory farm-to-table restaurants across the state, or visit local farms, roadside stands and farmers markets to prepare your own homegrown feast. Thirsty? Drink a Pepsi or Cheerwine in the state where they were born, or raise a glass to more than 100 wineries, 80-plus breweries and even a dozen microdistilleries where you can sample legal moonshine and more. Foodies can savor homegrown culinary creations all across North Carolina.

 

Choose one of our Pre-Packaged Vacations to North Carolina

Asheville Culinary Getaway & Biltmore Tour
Asheville is truly a destination for food, art and history lovers and anyone who appreciates the grandeur of a mountain setting. This culinary getaway centers on the Biltmore Village and includes a gourmet chef's table dinner, tour of the grandiose Biltmore Estate and special reserve wine tasting.
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Location: Asheville, North Carolina

— North Carolina Cooking Schools —

C’est si Bon Cooking School
Chapel Hill 919-942-6550
Whether you have just retired from a stressful executive position, are getting married, or are a 10-year-old who watches Alton brown on the food network, we are interested in you being the star, not us…
Capri Flavors
Morrisville 919-462-9255
Titina, a celebrated chef in her native Capri and author of two wonderful authentic Italian cookbooks, brings her unique culinary talents to Morrisville, North Carolina. Cooking classes are conducted three times weekly in her expansive, professionally equipped, modern kitchen.
Chef Alyssa's Kitchen
Charlotte 704-817-7568 website »
We run Hands-On Cooking Classes, inside a farmer’s market, focusing on local, healthy, and sustainable ingredients. Bring a friend and some wine, roll up your sleeves and learn to cook healthy! Chef Alyssa is a former executive chef while having twice cooked at James Beard House in NYC.
Chef in Motion
Asheville 828-350-8999
Come and enjoy our love of cooking. Watch it all come together while learning some of the industry’s trade secrets. You’ll learn new recipes that you can take back to your own kitchen, while enjoying the fruits of your labor along the way.
Chef Mario’s
Raleigh 919-781-4141
Forget all you know about cooking classes and welcome to our version of “Hell’s Kitchen.” There will be mistakes, there may be tears, and you will eat what you cook.
DOUGH
Asheville 828-575-944
We want you to love to cook, and our intimate, approachable classroom is the perfect place to make that happen. We have classes to match all skill levels and interests, from sharpening your knife skills to trying your hand at handmade pasta.
John C. Campbell Folk School
Brasstown 800-365-5724
In the cooking program at the Folk School you’ll experience the pleasure of preparing heart-warming foods that yield both sustenance for the body and nourishment for the soul. There’s an art to cooking and you can explore it in our many week-long and weekend classes. Breads, soups, pastries and sweets, hearth cooking, cooking from the garden, traditional foods of various nationalities. They’re all here in our beautiful and functional cooking studio.
Lenore’s Natural Cuisine
Weaverville 828-645-1412
When you take a class at Lenore’s, you will learn how to prepare traditional and fermented foods, grains and conscious protein choices. Recognize how foods affect your moods, appeal to the senses and how to use them to achieve greater balance.
Madelyn’s in the Grove
Union Grove 800-948-4473
Come join the fun. Experience Madelyn's expert skills, knowledgeable hints and tasty treats at her “Cooking in the Grove” cooking classes. Classes include instruction, food tastings and a gift.
Nana’s
Durham 919-493-8545
Once a month, Scott Howell will do a cooking class at Nana’s. The classes will be a mix of instructional lecture and hands-on participation. At the end of each class, we’ll sit down to enjoy the fruits of our labor.
Outer Banks Epicurean
Southern Shores 252-305-0952
Cookin' Outer Banks Style will feature cooking tips, techniques and tastes of the Outer Banks. Learn how to prepare local watermen's freshest catches. Classes emphasize the Slow Food philosophy and use the best seasonal, local produce.
Premiere Catering & Entertainment
Raleigh 919-388-9875
My cooking classes are about eating in a healthy way and enjoying yourself in the kitchen. Pure and simple, I love to cook. I love the flavors and gifts of natural ingredients, and the magical experience of tastes created when they are combined in innovative and imaginative ways.
Queens University of Charlotte
Charlotte 704-337-2537
Our popular cooking classes are taught in a fun and relaxed atmosphere and you will come away with great ideas and recipes for your own special meals and parties. Generous food samples are also served.
Reid’s Fine Food
Charlotte 704-377-1312
Saturday classes take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Sunday classes from 1 to 4 p.m. All Demonstration Classes are $35, Hands-On Classes are $90, unless otherwise noted. We look forward to seeing you at one of this summer’s Cooking Classes soon.
Rocky Top Hospitality
Raleigh 919-829-3771
Attend one of our popular cooking classes and get in touch with your inner chef. Each class will center around a themed menu. You’ll watch one of our executive chefs prepare it as you observe and take notes on how to make it yourself at home.
Southern Season
Chapel Hill 919-929-7133
Culinary lessons at A Southern Season provides an epicurean education dished up with a heaping serving of expertise and style. Learn from regional notables and internationally renowned celebrity chefs as they share secrets, techniques and recipes in a cooking classroom that redefines the concept.
Swannanoa School of Culinary Arts
Asheville 828-771-3018
The Swannanoa School of Culinary Arts offers week-long hands-on immersion in a variety of culinary experiences designed to awaken and broaden the palate, and lead you closer to the source of the food you prepare.
The Inn of the Patriots and Presidential Culinary Museum
Grover 704-937-2940 website »
Tour worldwide with the White House Chefs for an unforgettable culinary cooking experience! Or visit our inn and institute.
The Irregardless Café
Raleigh 919-833-8898
An Intimate Evening Cooking with Chef Arthur. Join Arthur Gordon in the Irregardless kitchen and experience the Irregardless philosophy, learn cooking techniques and be nourished in many ways.
The Tiny Chef
Charlotte 704-241-1944
The Tiny Chef specializes in private dinners, cooking classes, and chef demonstrations in the comfort of your own home!  Please call 704-241-1944 if you would like more detail on our programs, or wish to receive a quote.
Whisking Apprentice
Fayetteville, Pinehurst, Raleigh 314-956-4437
Whisking Apprentice teaches you how to cook tastefully nutritious meals through private lessons, group classes, and cooking parties. Learn a new skill, eat delicious food, and have fun with family and friends in the kitchen!

Taste What's Happening!

Beaufort Wine & Food Weekend

Beaufort
4/21/2014 - 4/27/2014
Blends the best of Beaufort with the expertise of celebrity chefs and some of the best wines from across the globe.

Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend

Charlotte
4/22/2014 - 4/26/2014
Guest winemakers and winery owners from all over the world

North Carolina Pickle Festival

Mount Olive
4/25/2014 - 4/27/2014
Eat some pickles. Have fun. Eat some pickles. Buy a book. Eat some pickles. Browse the crafts vendors. And did we mention - eat some pickles?

Hickory Hops Brew Festival

Hickory
4/26/2014
The annual festival will feature the handcrafted beers of over 40 microbreweries.

Smithfield Ham & Yam Festival

Smithfield
5/2/2014 - 5/3/2014
With a barbecue cook-off, “What’s That Yam Thing?” contest, and food vendors, both ham and yams abound.

BBQ Festival on the Neuse

Kinston
5/2/2014 - 5/3/2014
Non-stop activities, entertainment and the best BBQ in North Carolina.  The Largest BBQ Cookoff Festival in North Carolina.

Vanceboro Strawberry Festival & Rescue Day

Vanceboro
5/2/2014 - 5/3/2014
Truck loads of strawberries will be available and there will be a fruit-filled menu--from strawberry funnel cakes to strawberry pies.

Gastonia Grizzlies Ballpark Beer Fest

Gastonia
5/3/2014
Over 125 beers, unlimited sampling, cornhole tournament and live music.

North Carolina Strawberry Festival

Chadbourne
5/3/2014
Celebrate Chadbourne's claim as the "Strawberry Capital of the World"--a traditional family event for over 75 years.

North Carolina Brewers & Music Fest

Huntersville
5/10/2014
NC's finest craft beers, a day packed full of great music, food, beer education, and a chance to learn about area non-profits.

Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival

Charlotte
5/10/2014
A great day of beer sippin', bourbon tastin', music listenin', cigar smokin', and barbeque eatin'.

Annual Ribfest

Eden
5/11/2014
Ribfest will host lots of food vendors selling BBQ ribs along with other delicious foods. There will be arts and crafts vendors

Dairy Goat Festival & Parade

Spindale
5/16/2014 - 5/17/2014
Plenty of games, music, good food, goat art and vendors. Try some goat's milk ice cream and many delicious goats' milk and goat cheese dishes.

North Carolina Potato Festival

Elizabeth City
5/16/2014 - 5/18/2014
National Potato Peeling Contest, Food, Street Fair, Live Entertainment, Rides, Games and Much More.

Got To Be NC Festival

Raleigh
5/16/2014 - 5/18/2014
Dozens of North Carolina food companies and wineries will be sampling and selling some of the most delightful flavors NC has to offer.

Annual Roanoke-Chowan Pork Fest

Murfreesboro
5/17/2014
Judging of the 20 Cooking Teams. Licensed by North Carolina Pork Council. BBQ Meal under the Big Top, Strawberry Shortcake.

Yadkin Valley Wine Festival

Elkin
5/17/2014
North Carolina's Best Wine All In One Place. It's wine, food, crafts, great music and more!

NC Hops and Roots Fest

Pittsboro
5/24/2014
A festival celebrating our local craft breweries, vineyards, food, farms, and music!

Salute! NC Wine Celebration

Winston-Salem
5/31/2014
Over 30 wineries, delicious food, musical entertainment, & the "North Carolina Food  & Wine University," an interactive and fun educational area.

Texas Pete Twin CIty RibFest

Winston-Salem
6/5/2014 - 6/8/2014
Hot Ribs, Cool Music.  A combination of national BBQ purveyors competing for awards and customers, and quality entertainment.
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