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
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.