Aug 3: DARK ROOM
Asheville, NC | blindpigofasheville.com
We can’t tell you what to expect at this Blind Pig dinner because no one quite knows. Will guests be forced to fumble their way through five courses in absolute darkness? Perhaps. Will they love each and every mysterious minute of it? Probably. Steve Goff of King James Public House will be serving up his signature gastropub fare at this evening for the adventurous eater.
Aug 9: AUSTIN ICE CREAM FESTIVAL
Austin, TX | icecreamfestival.org
Vanilla. Rocky Road. Mint Chocolate Chip. Coffee. Whatever your favorite flavor, a few cool cones will provide relief from the summer heat so you can kick back and enjoy the live music lineup that will be playing all afternoon at the 8th Annual Austin Ice Cream Festival. The entry fee may be $10, but the brain freeze is free.
Aug 15: ART ON THE ROCKS
Birmingham, AL | artsbma.org
The August edition of the Birmingham Museum of Art “Art on the Rocks” will draw inspiration from Lethal Beauty, an exhibit featuring ancient samurai weapons and armor. Expect funky Japanese street fashions, performances, art, and plenty of tastings, including sake as well as samples from Great American Beer Festival silver medalists Back Forty Beer Co.
Aug 15: ISLANDS WINES DINNER
Keswick, VA | keswick.com
Virginia wines may be having a moment, but few regions can match the richness and versatility of southern Italy. Chef Aaron Cross will prepare dishes utilizing traditional recipes and ingredients of the Mediterranean islands to pair with exciting newer varietals such as Nerello from Sicily, Fogoneu from Mallorca, and Assyrtiko from Santorini.
Aug 16: CHESAPEAKE CRAB & BEER FESTIVAL
National Harbor, MD | mdcrabfest.com
Grab your mallets, spread some newspaper on the table, and get crackin’ with a Maryland tradition. The 5th Annual Crab & Beer Festival will be held right on the shores of the Potomac at the National Harbor. Ticketholders are welcome to as many crabs as they can polish off in one of two four-hour sessions, so arrive hungry and don’t forget the Old Bay!
Aug 16: NOMA BEER FEST
Washington, DC | nomabid.org
There will be a host of events going on during DC beer week (Aug 17th–Aug 24th), but our pick is the NoMa Beer Fest. Craft beer will be poured, live music will be playing, and food sponsors will serve up savory street fare at this quintessential summer beerfest in one of DC’s newest neighborhoods.
Aug 17: GIVE ME FIVE
Atlanta, GA | ce.strength.org
Five of Georgia’s best chefs will collaborate with five of the state’s top sommeliers to create an extraordinary five-course dinner raising money for—you guessed it!—Give Me Five. Chefs and sommeliers will provide commentary for each course, and proceeds will go toward changing an astonishing statistic: one in five children in America face childhood hunger.
Aug 21–22: FETE ROUGE
Baton Rouge, LA | feterougebr.com
Organized by the Baton Rouge Epicurean Society, Fête Rouge celebrates with two nights of feasting. The first evening will feature a seven-course meal, and the second evening will focus on wines of the world. Enter the raffle for an opportunity to win 200 bottles of wine—an instant wine cellar!
Aug 22–23: GREAT SOUTHERN TAILGATE COOKOFF
Amelia Island, FL | gstailgatecookoff.com
Celebrate the last of summer and the arrival of fall football season at the Great Southern Tailgate Cookoff, where low and slow is the name of the game. While each team may have its own idea of how to do BBQ right, only one team can be the champion. (But everyone can walk away with a belly full of winning BBQ.)
Aug 22–23: WEEKEND IN THE KITCHEN
Rapidan, VA | meander.net
The Inn at Meander Plantation is the epitome of Virginia hospitality: a white-columned eighteenth-century manor set among the rolling hills of wine country that both Jefferson and Madison called home. Spend two days cooking, learning, and of course, tasting, at the Weekend in the Kitchen led by chef and owner Suzie Blanchard.
Aug 24–27 MOUNTAIN MASH
Walland, TN | blackberryfarm.com
Here is a frothy secret: Blackberry Farm is brewing! To celebrate their newly completed operation, they are hosting Brewmaster Garrett Oliver and Chef Andrew Gerson of the beloved craft beer pioneer Brooklyn Brewery for a weekend of pairings and tastings. With an opportunity to sample rare bottles and brews, it’s a one-of-a-kind experience for the dedicated craftsbeersman.
Aug 29–Sept 1: NC APPLE FAIR
Hendersonville, NC | ncapplefestival.org
There are over 200 apple orchards in Henderson County, which combined produce 65 percent of the apples grown in North Carolina. This means a street festival in honor of the crisp autumn fruit will be quite the affair. Come for an array of apple-based delights: apple pie, apple butter, apple cider, apple preserves, and your routine apple-a-day because whether or not they keep the doc away, they sure are delicious.
Aug 30: SHRIMP AND GRITS CHARLESTON
Charleston, SC | shrimpandgritscharleston.com
If there is one dish emblematic of Charleston’s culinary heritage it just may be shrimp and grits, so stop by this fundraising festival to get in on the creamy goodness! Shrimp and Grits Charleston will include a chef’s competition, spirits by Charleston Distilling Company and Firefly Distillery, cookbook signings from Nathalie Dupree and Brys Stephens, and a pet talent show. Why the pets? Proceeds benefit the Charleston Animal Society.