By Tyler Bunzey
September 21, 2022
Photo: Piedmont Culinary Guild
For the first time since 2019, North Carolina food event staple– Farm to Fork in the Garden– returns to Charlotte on September 25 to the idyllic setting of Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden in Belmont. The event will feature small bites from collaborations between Charlotte-area restaurants and chefs and North Carolina farms. With Piedmont Culinary Guild joining forces with the Center for Environmental Farming Systems’ (CEFS) Farm to Fork Picnic, attendees will be treated to over 25 tasting stations that feature locally grown ingredients, as well as libations from the state’s best distillers, wineries, and breweries.
Proceeds from Farm to Fork in the Garden will benefit the Center for Environmental Farming Systems’ (CEFS) Farm Apprentice program and provide grants to farmers through the Piedmont Culinary Guild.
The picnic will feature creative and fresh pairings from some of the city’s most exciting restaurants and the region’s best farms. Recently named one of New York Times’ 50 Best Restaurants in America, Charlotte’s Leah & Louise will collaborate with Wild Hope Farm. PARA, the South End small plate staple, will team up with Honey Tree Farm from Conover. The Crunkleton, one of Elizabeth’s principal watering holes, will work with Sun Raised Foods, a Cornelius-based, sustainably sourced meat distributor. NoDa favorite Goodyear House will team with Gold Hill’s Rowland’s Row produce. Picnickers will also be treated to live music throughout the late afternoon, and kids are encouraged to play in Daniel Stowe’s children’s garden, Lost Hollow.
Farm to Fork in the Garden is an opportunity to go on a tasty tour of some of the area’s most inventive restaurants while supporting a worthy cause. The event not only gives attendees the opportunity to savor fresh local and regional ingredients, but also supports the farmers who have been negatively impacted from the pandemic, as they continue to recover.
Tickets to Farm to Fork Picnic in the Garden at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden on Sunday, September 25 (4 p.m. to 7 p.m.) are currently $110 for adults, $50 for kids 6-12 years old, and free for children under the age of 6.