Charlotte is known for their many fantastic farmers markets that offer produce and homemade goods from local growers and merchants. In fact, many of the city's top restaurants use these markets for their supplies. Check out one of the following below!
7th Street Public Market
224 E 7th Street, Charlotte
Monday – Friday: 11am – 7pm
Saturday: 8:30am – 7pm
Providence Produce Market – Providence
10636 Providence Rd, Charlotte
Opens April 12
\Davidson Farmers Market
Next to Town Hall between Main and Jackson Streets
Open every 2nd and 4th Saturday from 9am to noon through end of Marc
Newell Farmers Market
1704 Rocky River Road, Charlotte
Every Saturday from 9am-2pm
Kings Drive Farmers Market
939 South Kings Drive, Charlotte
Opens April 4th
Tuesday and Friday: 6am-6pm
Piedmont Farmers Markets:
6960 Robinson Church Road, Harrisburg
Opens April 14th, 2014
518 Winecoff School Rd, Concord
24 Market Street, Concord
Opens May 14th, 2014
2104 South Blvd
It's officially that time of year again where we celebrate in the streets of Uptown Charlotte for the Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR Sprint Cup series. This magical event is called Speed Street and if you haven't gone for the past 20 years it has been around then now is your time to go!
The event started yesterday May 22nd and runs until May 24th, which is the day before the race. The crowd consists of thousands of people anywhere from corporate america, to families, music fans and of course the race fans. Even if you aren't a NASCAR fan there are plenty of things to do, watch, listen and learn from.
Food and drink vendors line the streets for you to enjoy free samples, purchase full meals and of course grab an ice cold beer. From there you can visit the Chevy Ride and Drive area for cool new Chevrolet engineering and for the kids there is an entire zone dedicated to them having a great time at The Kid's Zone.
Not enough for you? Let's add some incredible live music to the mix with this schedule:
FRIDAY, MAY 23
5:30 p.m. Zach Ludlam
6:45 p.m. Coca-Cola Racing Family of Drivers: Austin Dillon & Joey Logano
8:00 p.m. Tim Dugger
9:30 p.m. Chevrolet Presents: Thompson Square
SATURDAY, MAY 24
4:00 p.m. Julie Gribble
5:45 p.m. Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest
6:45 p.m. Coca-Cola Racing Family of Drivers: Greg Biffle & Tony Stewart
8:00 p.m. School of Rock
9:30 p.m. Coca-Cola Presents: 38 Special
I'll see you all there tonight!
Running is an exercise few people enjoy but most people do anyway, which is why some of the best charity events involve running for a cause. Not only do we feel good about ourselves but we feel good for what we accomplished for others in need. In Charlotte we have some great races benefiting great causes but when you add beer into the mix, you have a winner!
This coming June 7th at 6pm, NoDa Brewing company and OrthoCarolina will be presenting the NoDa 5k which benefits RunningWorks; a non-profit running program founded to encourage the homeless community to rediscover the power of teamwork, discipline, confidence and respect for each other one stride at a time.
You'll start and end at NoDa Brewing Company and will receive some cool giveaways, live music, free beer (21+ only), and food trucks onsite. And for the competitive runners they have the chip-timed Jaguar timing system which tracks your run time and then displays your results in the live tent.
So come on out for a good cause, great beer, and some friendly competition.
There is a consensus around the world that no one likes Mondays. It's the day of the week that ruins the weekend you had and it pops up as if out of no where with meetings and conference calls you some how forgot you had. Well recently I had a revelation to make my Monday's the best day of the week (after the weekend of course) by making them themed.
This Monday's theme is based on the elusive Mason Jar for the wonders it has brought the world. Although this jar has been known mostly for preserving jams and fruits, it is now a well known accent to any good drink. Who isn't impressed by a cocktail in a mason jar? Of course the drink you fill the jar with does not have to be a cocktail but my perfect Monday has a cocktail hiding in there somewhere.
Here is a recipe for you to try at home and either impress friends, impress yourself, or just take selfies with your new cocktail skills.
Ingredients (makes a few drinks!)
1 cup of fresh raspberries or frozen
4 bottles of corona (12oz) beer, chilled
1 container frozen raspberry lemonade concentrate, thawed or pink lemonade
1/2 cup Skyy Vodka
Garnish: lemon slices, or raspberries.
In a large container stir together the first 4 ingredients. Serve over ice.
Garnish with raspberries.
To make ahead, stir together lemonade concentrate and vodka in a large container. Stir in raspberries and beer just before serving. Garnish, if desired.
I can write an ode to Heist Brewery. They offer their own beer, beer cocktails, and master mixology by the bartenders. It’s always a relaxed atmosphere, and they have a lot of seating options for big parties. They frequently change their small batches and explore different elements and flavors. Heist takes the change at making some experimental beers. All in all the beer and their new tapas menu makes them a unique microbrew gastropub in artsy NoDa.
My personal favorite feature of Heist is their Sunday Brunch. A big projector plays the Sunday NFL games, along with a variety of TVs. With $10 bottomless mimosas and a $16 all you can eat buffet, where can you go wrong? Aside from having traditional breakfast options like biscuits and gravy, eggs, and pancakes, Heist takes it a step further. They offer grilled pizzas, wings, an assortment of desserts, and twists on traditional breakfast options. There is a different featured protein each week. This can range anywhere from fried catfish to bacon wrapped meatloaf. They also have a waffle station, oyster bar, flat breads, fruit, frittatas, all based on the seasons. The Butterfinger French Toast and Rum Soaked Grilled Pineapple are unreal. Stefan the Bartender is true cocktail master.
Wear your elastic pants and get over to Heist for brunch. Score a spot on the patio or closest to the buffet. You’ll be happy you did!
If you have even walked down Church Street past 5th Street in uptown you have smelt the incredible aroma that is pumping through the air from Basil Thai Cuisine. The smell is so enthralling that I just had to go in and try what smelt so good and let me tell you, it did not disappoint!
To start they offer a drink called Thai Tea which is a classic Thai drink and definitely worth the taste if you’ve never had it. As an appetizer the Fresh Basil Roll is a must have with the freshest ingredients of shrimp, lettuce, rice noodles, bean sprouts and basil all with a dipping sauce. Perfect for two to share. If you are with more people, the Tom Kha Gai (Chicken Coconut) tureen of soup is absolutely a treat. Its stunning flaming center keeps the soup warm and with its citrus cilantro bursts of flavor in coconut you’ll have wished you didn’t have to share.
There are many choices for your main course including Red Curry, Pad Thai and my absolute favorite, Pad Woon Sen. Pad Woon Sen is composed of cellophane noodles, eggs, napa cabbage, onions, carrots, snow peas, tomatoes, mushrooms, scallions, and bean sprouts with either chicken, beef or shrimp. The noodles are so unique it makes this dish one of a kind and definitely one worth trying.
This location is a hot spot for lunch so make sure you get there early (or late) to ensure a table – and you must be there with your entire table to be seated!