ADD SOME SPICE TO THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER!
The Local Palate and Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails present an exclusive event designed to kick off festivities at the weekend-long Delicious Destinations held each year in Jacksonville, FL. Editor in Chief of The Local Palate, Maggie White, hosts this evening of mixing (yes, as in cocktails) and mingling, along with Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails Chef and Owner, Tom Gray, who will be preparing small bites inspired by The Local Palate’s hot-off-the-press August|September issue – think mouthwatering twists on Southern favorites like Moxie’s Chicken + Waffles and Pickled Shrimp + Okra. Libations to include Shooting Star wines, custom handcrafted cocktails featuring Milagro Tequila, and brews from Jacksonville’s own Intuition Ale Works.
The party starts September 4th, 2014! Come out and show us some Moxie!
The Local Palate Presents Whiskey After Dark
JOIN US FOR WHISKEY SAMPLINGS from some of the best distillers in the world and tasty bites from Charleston’s “hottest” new biscuit joint, Callie’s Hot Little Biscuits. Not only will you learn the hows and whys of whiskey distillation and aging but you’ll have some fun too as you tap your feet to the tunes of The Bluestone Ramblers. A Portion of all proceeds will go to support Make-A-Wish® South Carolina.
When: October 15
Where: Charleston, SC
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.
Sept 9: CHEFS IN THE GARDEN
Fayetteville, AR | bgozarks.org
Held in the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, a collection of twelve immaculately cared for themed gardens in Northwest Arkansas, Chefs in the Garden brings the region’s best culinary talent together for an elegant evening of sipping and sampling under the open sky.
Sept 12–13: HERITAGE HARVEST FESTIVAL AT MONTICELLO
Charlottesville, VA | monticello.org
Thomas Jefferson was an avid gardener and horticulturist, reputedly both fond of eating his veggies and of experimenting with their growth. During the Heritage Harvest Festival held on Monticello’s sprawling West Lawn, you’ll be able to do both, with fresh fruit and vegetable tastings and instruction on gardening, seed saving, and sustainability.
Sept 14: TEXAS MONTHLY BBQ FEST
Austin, TX | tmbbq.com
Thick smoke fills the air, the crowd is dense, and there are exclamations and moans coming from all directions. A man bumps into you and proceeds to lick each of his five dripping fingers, followed by a long grunt. No, you haven’t fallen into a bizarre new circle of Dante’s inferno. You’ve found the TMBBQ Festival. And yes, it will be sinfully delicious.
Sept 16–21: KENTUCKY BOURBON FESTIVAL
Bardstown, KY | kybourbonfestival.com
All bourbons are whiskey, but not all whiskeys are bourbon. What’s the difference? Head to the rolling hills of Kentucky and the heart of bourbon country to find out at the Kentucky Bourbon Festival. Hint: distillation, proof, and grain content are all factors, and, of course, bourbon must be made in the good ol’ USA.
Sept 17: WINEMAKING DINNER WITH EBEN SADIE
Pittsboro, NC | fearrington.com
Eben Sadie has brought international renown to the South African wine region of Swartland with his award-winning wines such as the Palladius and the Columella. For one special night, he is bringing his skilled palate to the South, with a winemaking dinner at The Fearrington House, where he will collaborate with Executive Chef Colin Bedford for four courses and unforgettable pairings.
Sept 18–21: EUPHORIA
Greenville, SC | euphoriagreenville.com
You know that rare moment when the night has just gotten underway, you’re on your second glass of wine, the music is just right, and the evening seems to be unfolding perfectly? Greenville offers a whole festival dedicated to that moment of festival magic. And while not everyone describes a weekend of marathon munching as euphoric, we certainly hope that you, dear reader, do.
Sept 19–21: NATURE WONDER WILD FOOD WEEKEND
Cairo, WV | wildfoodadventures.com
Since its inception in 1968, the Nature Wonder Wild Food Weekend has inspired people to head out to the woods and reconnect with their hunter-gatherer roots, learning to forage and feast on edible wild plants. Botanist, nature photographer, writer, researcher, and teacher Dr. John Kallas will lead the pack on this unique autumn adventure.
Sept 20: FOGGY RIDGE CIDER CHEF SERIES
Dugspur, VA | foggyridgecider.com
The next time you’re looking to pair an autumn dish, don’t just instinctively reach for spiced beers and oaky wines. Instead, consider a cider pairing. At the Foggy Ridge Cider Chef Series, the team from Roanoke’s Lucky Restaurant will even do the pairing work for you, so all that is left for you to do is eat, drink, and contemplate the turning of the seasons.
Sept 20–21: MUSIC CITY FOOD + WINE FESTIVAL
Nashville, TN | musiccityeats.com
Nashville may be legendary for its music, but the restaurant scene is nothing to scoff at. At the Grand Taste of Music City Food + Wine you’ll have the chance to try soulful dishes from over twenty-five of the city’s best local spots, along with forty wine, beer, and spirits exhibitors, proving that the lucky residents of Music City not only eat, but eat oh so well.
Sept 24–25: CULTURE AND FOOD IN THE NEW SOUTH
Charlotte, NC | uncc.edu
University of North Carolina Charlotte highlights the evolving role of Southern food with a two-day conference, part of its event series Soul Food: A Contemporary and Historical Exploration of New South Food. The school has an entire department dedicated to the study of the New South, so expect well-developed informative lectures and guest speakers of the highest caliber.
Sept 26: TECHMUNCH FOOD BLOGGER CONFERENCE
Atlanta, GA | techmunchconf.com
Is your food blog not getting the coverage you want? You might be missing an ingredient. At the TECHmunch Food Blogger Conference, experts in journalism, digital publishing, and blogging will lay out the recipe for making your online endeavors a success, from building buzz to crafting content.
Sept 27–28: OUTSTANDING IN THE FIELD
Decatur, GA| outstandinginthefield.com
Get in one last perfect summer evening outdoors with Outstanding in the Field as the touring dining experience comes to Love is Love Farm at Gaia Gardens. The Outstanding table will be set up out in the fields of the garden, giving guests an opportunity to see their fare—and the farm it came from—in a new light.