If you’re anything like me, when you go to a new restaurant you just want to try as many things as possible. That’s why us foodies love small plates; we aren’t confined to one single entrée choice. Well if you love small plates, then you’ll love TASTE, a food festival where you can try countless food items from dozens of local chefs. TASTE is a celebration of local food and drink taking place in downtown Durham from April 20-23. The event will include different foodie fun each day, all of which showcase local chefs and beverages. The entire foodie weekend is run by Durham Magazine & Chapel Hill Magazine, and is sponsored by Johnson-Lexus of Durham. You can buy tickets to numerous events throughout the weekend, with a portion of tickets sales going to the East Durham Children’s Initiative. Any event that brings together dozens of local chefs, and benefits a great cause, is something that we want to let you, our fellow foodies, in on.
So what are all of these amazing events? It all starts with an evening of Grande Taste Experience, where chefs and beverage purveyors will be sampling beverages and dishes for you to snack on throughout the night. On the 21st there will be a ton of tasty treats to chose from – everything from a Whole Hog Barbeque Demonstration, an Ultimate Gluten-free Dinner, and even a Cider Class and Tasting at Black Twig Cider House.
Saturday the 22nd is filled with too many foodie events to choose from! We are most excited about the Grand Taste Experience, taking place at The Armory in Downtown Durham. At this event, dozens of vendors such as Acme, Bull City Ciderworks, Dame’s Chicken & Waffles, La Farm, Heron’s, Mama Dip’s, TOPO Distillery, and many more will be sampling their products. We will be attending this event and I’m honestly not even sure where to begin or how to make enough room to take in all of the delicious products that will be available. As if the Grand Taste Experience wasn’t enough, there will also be a Seasonal Chef Class taught by John May of Piedmont, a Wine vs. Beer beverage and small plates pairing, and a Tacos y Tequila Night at Dos Peros. The food-filled weekend will end with a Jazz Brunch at NanaSteak and a Salt & Smoke BBQ dinner.
You can find out more details about the weekend’s schedule and each event at www.tastetheevent.com. Tickets to each event during the weekend range in price, and you can even choose from a few different packages if you think multiple events sound scrumptious. Our readers can also get 10% off their ticket to any of these events by using the code “trifoodies” at checkout! It’s not often that so many local chefs get together in one place to showcase some of their favorite dishes, so this event is not one to be missed if you are a true Triangle foodie.