Charlotte’s Hottest Food Festivals of 2024

Hey there, fellow food festival enthusiasts! Are you ready to embark on a culinary adventure that will tantalize your taste buds and leave you craving more? Well, get ready to feast your eyes (and your stomachs) on the hottest Charlotte festivals of the year!

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From mouthwatering BBQ to tantalizing tacos, and everything in between, these four events are guaranteed to satisfy your cravings and leave you hungry for more. So grab your friends, bring your appetite, and let's dive into the delicious details of each festival!

Friends enjoying their day at the Wine and Food Festival in Ballantyne, Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Wine and Food Festival

First up, let's talk about the Wine + Food Festival. Held on April 20th (with an encore gathering on September 28 – read about it here: Charlotte Wine + Food Festival) at the picturesque Ballantyne’s Backyard, this event is a celebration of all things delicious. Imagine spending a beautiful afternoon surrounded by over thousands of fellow foodies, enjoying chef demos, and sampling hundreds of wines, beers, and spirits. From bold reds to crisp whites, there's something here to please every palate. And with live music from ‘Trial By Fire' and ‘Mallow Hill', the atmosphere is sure to be electric. For those looking to take their experience to the next level, the VIP Experience offers exclusive perks including access to the VIP Champagne Lounge and an extra hour of sampling. Early purchase general admission is $39. Carolina Traveler VIPs get FREE tickets.

Dressed to impress at the Charlotte Beer Bourbon and BBQ Festival.

Charlotte Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival, where that old saying is reality… You can take the girl out of the country, but you can't take the country out of the girl!

Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival

Next on the lineup is the Charlotte Beer Bourbon & BBQ Festival, taking place on May 18th at the same fantastic location. Get ready for a day filled with beer sippin', bourbon tastin', and BBQ eatin'. With over 60 beers and 40 bourbons to sample, as well as mouthwatering BBQ delights, this festival is a true Southern extravaganza. Don't miss the Shrine of Swine, where whole hogs are smoked to perfection, or the VIP Lounge for an extra special experience. Plus, enjoy live music, seminars with master distillers and pit masters, and plenty of yard games to keep the fun going all day long. Early purchase general admission is $45. Carolina Traveler VIPs get FREE tickets.

Three woman at the margarita stand

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Tacos ‘N Taps Festival

In August, it's time to spice things up at Tacos ‘N Taps. Held on August 24th, this festival is a celebration of all things taco-related. Picture yourself surrounded by over 15 taco trucks, taquerias, and Mexican restaurants, each serving up their own unique twist on this beloved dish. From traditional street tacos to inventive fusion creations, the options are endless. And with dueling margarita bars, live music, and contests, this festival is guaranteed to be a fiesta to remember. Whether you're a die-hard taco fan or just looking for a good time, Tacos ‘N Taps has something for everyone. Early purchase general admission is $39. Carolina Traveler VIPs get FREE tickets.

Whiskey, Wine and Fire Festival in Charlotte.

Campfires, great food, and all you can sample wines – it's a prefect combination!

Whiskey, Wine and Fire Festival

Last but certainly not least, we have the Charlotte Whiskey Wine & Fire Festival, happening on November 2nd. This elegant foodie celebration is the perfect way to close out the festival season. Picture yourself surrounded by whiskey bars, elegant wines & cocktails, and fire-kissed BBQ delights. Relax around the Fire Gardens and enjoy live music, fire-breathers, and artists as they set the night ablaze. With VIP and General Admission tickets available, there's no excuse not to join in the fun. Early purchase general admission is $59. Carolina Traveler VIPs get FREE tickets.

So what are you waiting for? Indulge your senses and join us at these epic festivals. Whether you're a foodie, a beer enthusiast, or just looking for a good time, there's something for everyone at these unforgettable events. Cheers to a year filled with flavor, fun, and fantastic festivals!

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