Top 10 upcoming food- and drink-centered events you can’t miss

Top 10 upcoming food- and drink-centered events you can’t miss
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It doesn’t matter if you’re a beer, wine, chocolate or barbecue person – there’s a day for every type food and drink lover coming up this year.

Chocolate at Spirit Square – February 9 – WFAE is hosting its first 2-hour chocolate tasting event that will feature treats from Charlotte-area chocolate experts, bakeries, restaurants, wine shops and more. Participants so far include Free Range Brewing, Potts Chocolate, The Secret Chocolatier, Lady M Cake Boutique and The Corkscrew. Proceeds benefit Charlotte Talks. 6 to 8 p.m. $25-$35. Details.

Nanny Nanny Brew Brew – February 19 – Participants will meet at Belmont’s The String Bean, hop on a party bus and hit four local breweries. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. $60. Details.

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National Margarita Day at Vida Cantina – February 22 – Half-priced margaritas will be served all day to benefit the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. 11 a.m. to midnight. Details.

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Best New Restaurants Party at CenterStage@NODA – March 9 – Sample food from the restaurants named the Top 25 Best New in the city by Charlotte magazine. Along with a Judges Choice and People’s Choice competition, look for live music, a live auction and more. A portion of proceeds benefit the Community Culinary School of Charlotte. 21+ only. 6 to 7 p.m. $150. Details.

Charlotte Wing Fest at RoofTop 210 – March 25 – Help name the Best Wings, Hottest Wings and Most Unique Wings in Town at the first annual Wing Festival. Each of the 12 samples will be paired with the restaurant’s choice of beer for you to enjoy while listening to live music and buying drinks at the cash bar before indulging in the wing eating contest at 7 p.m. 2 to 8 p.m. $20-$30. Details.

Goat Yoga and Wine Tasting at Cat’s Paw Winery – March 25 – Before you spend an afternoon tasting regional wines, hang out with baby goats as they climb all over your downward dog and cuddle them afterward. Good luck convincing me that’s not the most adorable idea you’ve ever heard. 3 to 5 p.m. $40. Details.

National Something on a Stick Day at Olio’s – March 28 – Can’t make this stuff up. Celebrate the day with Chef John, who has “skewered everything in the house” that he can think of for $3 per skewer. 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Details.

Beer Me BrewFest at SouthEnd Station – April 1 – Sample local and regional craft beer from a complimentary tasting glass while enjoying games, live music and other entertainment. Food will also be onsite, but only VIP and designated drivers get a $5 credit. 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. $20-$35. Proceeds benefit Habitat Charlotte. Details.

Pints for Paws at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery – April 15 – Spend the afternoon with adoptable dogs, giveaways, a business vendor fair, live music and OMB drafts. Proceeds benefit the Live.Wag.BARK! Foundation, whose mission is to educate pet owners in underserved communities on responsible ownership. 12 to 6 p.m. $125-$2,500. Details.

Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival at Symphony Park – May 13 – Feast on pulled pork, ribs, brisket, chicken and sausage a la carte style and wash it down with unlimited samples of over 60 beers and 40 bourbons. Noon to 6 p.m. $29 for designated drivers, $39-$77 for those participating in the tastings. Admission gets you a souvenir glass and, if you splurge for the VIP session, a complimentary BBQ plate, early access, special whole hog tastings and special alcohol selections. Details.

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