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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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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.
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.
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!

Annual NC Muscadine Harvest Festival

9/26/2014 - 9/27/2014
Features wines from over 20 wineries & great music, wine making & cooking contests, farm implement exhibits, seminars, food and craft vendors.

Charlotte Oktoberfest

Enjoy live music, the best BBQ in town and the most interesting craft beer all in one place!

Annual NC Spot Festival

9/27/2014 - 9/28/2014
Celebrating the Spot fish, a staple of Hampstead. Enjoy a spot dinner with all the fixings along with other regional food.

NC Seafood Festival

Morehead City
10/3/2014 - 10/5/2014
Something for everyone including fireworks, music, cooking contests, art & crafts, and delicious seafood prepared in every imaginable way!

Enfield Peanut Festival

10/3/2014 - 10/4/2014
Come celebrate the delicious peanut at the annual Enfield Peanut Festival!

Colorfest, Art and Taste of Appalachia

The streets will be lined with North Carolina artists, food products and arts and crafts booths.

The Great Grapes Wine & Food Festival

Over 220 Wines, Over 20 Wineries, Great Live Music and Wonderful Food and Crafts

Brushy Mountain Apple Jam

North Wilkesboro
Fall is in the air and so is the smell of freshly baked fried apple pies. Large variety of arts & crafts, food and entertainment.

Pittsboro Pepper Festival

Celebrate the food and drinks made from the Piedmont’s sustainable farmers, chefs, brewers and artisans!  Live music.

Swansboro Mullet Festival

10/11/2014 - 10/12/2014
Fried Mullet, arts and crafts, local performers and take a sit and listen to the line of beach music bands filling the salt air.

Outer Banks Seafood Festival

Nags Head
10/17/2014 - 10/18/2014
Top entertainment with fresh, local seafood, storytelling of the region’s fishing heritage, cooking demos, local crafts & family fun.

Taylorsville Apple Festival

Apple peeling contest, apple dessert contest, apple theme booth decorating, and vendors selling cider, a large variety of bagged apples, etc.

Apple Harvest Festival

Celebrates the beauty of the harvest season, featuring handmade arts & crafts, locally-grown apples and apple products.

North Carolina Oyster Festival

Ocean Isle Beach
10/18/2014 - 10/19/2014
There’s live entertainment, arts & crafts, a road race, North Carolina Oyster Shucking Championships and an Oyster Stew Cook-off.

NC Yam Festival

Tabor City
10/21/2014 - 10/25/2014
Yam cook-off, yam exhibits, parade, Taste of Tabor, fire fighter competition, sweet potato auction, arts & crafts and many more activities.

Barbecue Festival

Throughout Historic Lexington, craft & food vendors, and of course, lots of famous Lexington Barbecue.

Hog Happnin'

10/31/2014 - 11/1/2014
Many activities including BBQ competition, entertainment, arts & crafts and car & cycle show.

North Carolina Pecan Harvest Festival

10/31/2014 - 11/1/2014
Celebrates the annual harvest of the pecan crop as well as showcasing arts & entertainment both local and regional.

Taste of Asheville

Features food from 40 restaurants as well as wine tasting and beer tasting from local breweries.

Blue Ridge Wine & Food Festival

Blowing Rock
4/16/2015 - 4/19/2015
Featuring wineries from throughout NC, and fine cuisine created by Blowing Rock chefs, music, and downtown activities.
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