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North Carolina Culinary Travel

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.


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Asheville Culinary Getaway & Biltmore Tour
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!
Wynton’s World Cooking School
Cary (919) 694-5188
Wynton’s World cooking school features some of the most recognizable and successful culinary educational classes for adult and teen in the triangle area. Our general cooking classes, private events and tours are built on years of learning from the best. Our inspiration comes from the experts within the triangle.

Taste What's Happening!

Livermush Festival

Celebrates the omnipresent North Carolina food staple livermush, which is traditionally made from pig liver, head parts, cornmeal, pepper and sage.
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Lincolnton Hog Happenin

6/3/2016 - 6/4/2016
Brings motorcycle and barbeque lovers together in downtown Lincolnton.
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Salute! NC Wine Celebration

Over 30 wineries, delicious food, musical entertainment, & the "North Carolina Food  & Wine University," an interactive and fun educational area.
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Texas Pete Twin CIty RibFest

6/10/2016 - 6/12/2016
Hot Ribs, Cool Music.  A combination of national BBQ purveyors competing for awards and customers, and quality entertainment.
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Taste of Charlotte

6/10/2016 - 6/12/2016
Enjoy delicious food and entertainment that is enjoyable for all ages.
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Blue Ridge BBQ Festival

6/10/2016 - 6/11/2016
Come enjoy one of the best barbecue festivals of 2013 with plenty of food, music and fun!
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Taste of Scotland Festival

6/16/2016 - 6/19/2016
Scottish Fun, Food, Fashion, Music, Dancers, Games, Clans, Border Collie Demos, Crafters, Entertainment and Culture for the whole family!
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NC Blueberry Festival

6/17/2016 - 6/18/2016
Enjoy the area's finest entertainment, artisans, antique cars, food vendors and of course the Festival's main attraction Blueberries!
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Peak City Pig Fest

6/17/2016 - 6/18/2016
KCBS sactioned BBQ competition. Teams from all over the country will compete for prize money cooking chicken, ribs, beef brisket and pork.
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Knotts Island Peach Festival

Knotts Island
6/25/2016 - 6/26/2016
An annual celebration of the agricultural community on Knotts Island with food & craft vendors, entertainers, displays, peaches and more peaches!
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North Carolina Blackberry Festival

Summer fun for all visitors--music, pageant, blackberry eating & recipe contests and children's activities.
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Spruce Pine BBQ & Bluegrass

Spruce Pine
7/15/2016 - 7/16/2016
Come chill with the most sizzling BBQ competition teams in the southeast and the hottest bluegrass in the nation!
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Peach Festival

The Peach Festival is a celebration of the peach growing heritage prevalent in the Candor and Sandhills area.
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Smokin' in the Valley - WNC BBQ Festival

Maggie Valley
7/22/2016 - 7/23/2016
Local restaurant competition, “Tastin” Tent" to sample competitors' entries, arts & crafts, entertainment, beer and wine.
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Watermelon Festival

Nags Head
A big outdoor summer bash with a homegrown backyard feel.
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Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival

8/5/2016 - 8/6/2016
A great day of beer sippin', bourbon tastin', music listenin', cigar smokin', and barbeque eatin'.
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Sugar Mountain
Sample craft, import and domestic beer and wines, listen to live music, satisfy your appetite with good ‘ole American style summer-time food.
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Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival

Sneads Ferry
Music, Shrimp Dinner, Food, Arts & Crafts, Beverage Tent, Shrimp Heading Contest, Entertainment, Fireworks
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Sourwood Festival

Black Mountain
8/13/2016 - 8/14/2016
Browse the arts and crafts of hundreds of vendors, see honey bee demonstrations, sample festival food and participate in a 5K run.
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Asheville Wine & Food Festival

The finest regional, national and international wines with exceptional local restaurants, craft beer and spirits and handcrafted artisanal foods.
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