Good Food, Mad City September Food Events

 By Stephanie Hoyt

September 9, 2017

The weather’s cooling off and, before you know it, leaves will change and the busy holiday season will be here. Luckily for beer enthusiasts, September is filled with plenty of beer events to help you relax as the season changes. Many will offer unlimited samples such as Charlotte Oktoberfest at Symphony Park, Drunken Pumpkin Fall Beer Bash at Lucky Dog Bark and Brew and Taco Lucha Festival at the Music Factory. There will also be plenty of opportunities to try new foods at events like the Festival of India and Heirloom’s Foraged Mushroom Tasting. Here are some great seasonal food and beverage events this month to get you ready for fall:

Charlotte Greek Festival 2017

September 7-10 at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral – $3

Yiasou Greek Festival has grown to be one of the city’s largest cultural events after 40 years of celebrating Greek culture, music and cuisine in Southend Charlotte. The festival’s main focus is food with options from sit down style meals to a la carte tents and even a drive thru. Fresh herbs and lemon are the backbone of Grecian cooking along with lamb, fish, chicken and fresh vegetables. For those with a sweet tooth, check out the fresh pastries such as baklava and loukoumades, Greek doughnuts drizzled with honey. In addition to the tasty Mediterranean food, the festival will have live music, folk dancing, shopping and wine tastings.

Culture Feast

September 8 in Uptown Charlotte and Downtown Cornelius – $35

Culture Feast is using art, music and food to bring people from different races, genders and socio economic backgrounds together to enjoy a night of live entertainment, laughter and discussion. Starting with a family style dinner, guests will mingle and get to know each other over comfort foods such as baked honey barbecue chicken, creamy pimento cheese macaroni and garlic mashed potatoes. After dinner, Culture Feast will be hosting a free community dance party featuring RevelWood Mission. Get ready to let loose and meet new friends at this family and community centered event.  

Charlotte Oktoberfest

September 9 at Symphony Park – GA $45, VIP $65

Beer lovers rejoice! Charlotte Oktoberfest is back in Symphony Park with unlimited samples from over 75 local and regional breweries. Food trucks and vendors will be serving up German-style fare like tasty brats, pretzels and more to accompany the unlimited beer. All ticket holders will receive a collector tasting glass and VIPs will get an extra 90 minutes inside the festival, as well as shorter entrance lines. After 17 years, the Carolina BrewMasters, who host the festival, have donated over $600,000 to local charities. This year charities include Charlotte Family Housing, RescuedMe and On Eagle’s Wings. Sample some great local beers and maybe find a new fall favorite while supporting these worthy charities.

Love Desserts Noda Dessert Crawl

September 9 in Noda – Free admission

Love Desserts presents the Noda Dessert Crawl on September 9. Admission is free and the crawl will begin at Joe’s Doughs on North Davidson. Participating locations, Joe’s Doughs, Popbar, Haberdish, Growler’s Pourhouse, and King of Pops will each have puzzle pieces for attendees who purchase a dessert. If you get all five pieces, you’ll receive a prize at the King of Pop cart at the end of the crawl! Get your sweet tooth ready and win prizes just for eating treats.

Festival of India

September 9-10 at Belk Theater – $6 plus

Charlotte’s Festival of India is back for the 23rd year, showcasing the diversity of Indian dance, food, art, music and Bollywood entertainment. Whether you are an Indian food fanatic or looking to try the rich, tasty cuisine for the first time, Festival of India will have options for everyone. Indian food gets its distinct, textured taste from an extensive use of spices and herbs. As almost a third of India’s population is vegetarian, dishes showcasing fresh regional vegetables are emphasized in Indian entrees. Seafood, chicken and mutton are also an essential part of the Indian diet. As geographical regions determine food choices, the festival will present a sampling of the most popular items from each of the four regions of India. Attendees will be educated and entertained at this all-day family friendly festival.

*CLTure + Hopscotch Day Party and BBQ*

September 10 at The Pour House Music Hall in Raleigh – Free 

CLTure will be hosting an official day party during the last day of Hopscotch Music Festival in Raleigh. TOPO Organic Distillery of Chapel Hill will be crafting specialty cocktails and attendees can also grab a drink at the Bloody Mary bar. Premium slow cooked meats as well as delicious vegan options from Savvy Q will satisfy your hunger and prepare you for a day filled with Carolina music. Whether you decide to cool off in the chill lounge by PuffPack, shop the cool NC apparel vendors or listen to the live music or podcast recording by The Oddboy Collective, there won’t be a dull moment at the Hopscotch Day Party. 

Drunken Pumpkin Fall Beer Bash

September 16 at Lucky Dog Bark & Brew – $20-$30

With the fall season in full swing, local breweries start rolling out their pumpkin-flavored beverages. Lucky Dog Bark and Brew is serving up unlimited samples from twelve local breweries. If pumpkin beer is not for you, don’t fret, as there will be a good variety of beers available. There will also be multiple food trucks to keep everyone fed and satisfied. Feel free to bring your furry best friend to this event.

Community Pie Social

September 16 at McColl Center for Art + Innovation – Free 

The McColl Center is hosting an open forum for Charlotte citizens to discuss national issues, while eating delicious pies. This season New Orleans-based chef and writer Tunde Wey will be facilitating a conversation about migration and anti-immigration sentiments. With current events, it is important to listen to others in the community about their thoughts on where we are as a city and a country. The event is free but please register beforehand and bring a sweet or savory pie to share.

Foraged Mushroom Tasting Menu

September 17 at Heirloom Restaurant – $60 plus fees

Chef Clark Barlowe of Heirloom has put together a 5-course mushroom tasting menu to commemorate the health department’s approval of foraged mushroom consumption in commercial restaurants. For those with a refined palate or those always ready to experience something new, Barlowe will introduce you to some of his favorite finds and mushroom farming friends. The unique menu includes a creamy porcini bisque with cottle farm jalapeno and black heart forest cake made of CF black staining polypore chocolate cake, chantilly, cherry compote and sauce, chocolate soil and reindeer moss. This menu is one of a kind so don’t sleep on tickets.

Southern Beer + Southern Food

September 18 at The Asbury – $65

The Asbury welcomes Fullstream Brewery of Durham and CurEat smartphone app to their September collaboration dinner. Chef Matthew Krenz and Chef Kyle McKnight, Fullstream’s Director of Food Operations, will work together to create the ultimate southern meal, accompanied by some delicious southern beer. Sean Lilly Wilson, owner and CEO of Fullstream will also be in attendance. Wilson has been a part of the NC beer industry for years, lobbying to open up economic markets in the craft beer industry before opening up the brewery in 2010. He has earned two James Beard Foundation semi-finalist honors and brings extensive beer knowledge to this event.  CurEat Founder, Steven Mangano, will be showing his new app, which helps food lovers find restaurants and bars recommended by others in the area. The food is sure to be gourmet and the beer will be plentiful. Make sure to reserve your seat early, as these collaborative dinners are known to sell out.

VegFest Jr.

September 21 at C3 Lab – Free 

Nourish, Charlotte’s first vegan and gluten free food service, is looking to make vegan fare more accessible with VegFest. This fully vegan food court will have treats for sale from Nourish, Fern, Move that Dough Baking Co, Lady Go Go’s, King of Pops and many more. In addition to delicious food, there will also be vegan beverages and goods available such as soaps, juices and cheeses. For those looking to support local causes, there will be a raffle benefiting The Human League as well as information on local non profits. The unique cuisine will impress all, vegan or not and all profits go to charity and VegFest 2018.


September 21 at U.S. National Whitewater Center – $10/card (Four 2 oz. samples)

Every month, we see an abundance of beer events, however wine events seem to be a more rare occurrence. The U.S. National Whitewater Center is hosting Uncorked wine festival for wine lovers and outdoor lovers alike. Friday starts with the Whitewater Film Series and Saturday morning participants can compete in stand up paddle board races, a half marathon, a 5K trail race, yoga or climbing competitions. There will be over 15 vineyards showcasing their wines which will all be for sale either by 2 oz sample or by bottle. Enjoy the last of the warm weather, and grab your family or friends to enjoy the outdoors and a glass of wine, or two.

Love Desserts Fall into Dessert

September 23 at Sugar Creek Brewing Company – $10 + fees

Love Desserts Festival is back but this time with fall flavored desserts.  Enjoy pumpkin, caramel, apple and other seasonal flavors from over twenty local bakeries and restaurants. Sugar Creek beer will be available for purchase and the photo booth and candy pool will be back for photo-ops. With the price of admission, attendees will receive a complimentary non-alcoholic drink (Apple Pie or Cranberry Harvest) and candy. No tickets will be sold at the door to reduce long lines and wait times. Fall into Desserts is for the dessert fanatic who enjoyed Love Desserts Festival this summer or missed out on the fun.

Soul Food Sessions: A Caribbean Voyage

September 26 at 3646 Central Ave – $80 – (Sold Out)

Photo by Jonathan Cooper

Soul Food Sessions dinner series returns with a Caribbean themed six course menu crafted by local African American culinary experts. Join Soul Food Sessions in promoting minorities in the hospitality industry while learning about Caribbean soul food and experiencing beverage pairings, music, stories and more. Proceeds will be donated to Project 658, a non profit serving the refugee, immigrant and poor of the city.

Charlotte Taste of the Nation

September 27 at The Fillmore – $85 plus

Charlotte Taste of the Nation returns to The Fillmore for its 22nd annual tasting event. Top chefs and mixologists are joining forces to raise money for No Kid Hungry, working to ensure all children in the United States get the healthy food they need, every day. Attendees will get to sample gourmet bite-sized fare, craft cocktails and sweet desserts. There will be a wine grab as well as a silent and live auction to further benefit No Kid Hungry. Taste of the Nation is sure to be delicious with restaurants such as Chima, Dressler’s, Luca, Rocksalt and Upstream participating. For every $1 raised at this event, No Kid Hungry can generate ten nutritious meals so support this worthy cause and enjoy a fun filled night.

Taco Lucha Festival

September 30 at Avidxchange Music Factory – GA $35, Vip $55

Creative Loafing is giving Charlotte something to taco ‘bout! Fifteen restaurants will be competing for the title “Best Taco” during Taco Lucha Fest at Avidxchange Music Factory.  Competitors include Babalu, Pacos Tacos, Tijuana Flats and Vegganers Luck (for all the vegans out there) and more. Over 40 breweries will be on site serving samples of 150 craft beers. A VIP ticket includes a sampling glass for craft beer samples, margarita samples from Jose Quervo, early entry and two tacos from any vendor, while GA includes only brewery samples and sampling glass. The Spin Doctors and Lucha Libre wrestling will provide entertainment while guests eat tacos, sample brews and help stamp out hunger.  Proceeds will be donated to Second Harvest Food Bank so eat those tacos guilt free!

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