Coming off of a successful inaugural program in 2015, the Raleigh Food & Wine Festival announced May 19—22 as this year’s dates for the four-day event highlighting of some of the most unique offerings in food and beverage in North Carolina’s capital city.
Thursday through Saturday, participating businesses host unique events around town, including tastings, wine dinners, and cooking classes. Tickets are not required, but RSVP requirements and other details are provided on each event listing in advance online.
On Sunday, all of the festival participants gather at the historic Melrose Knitting Mill and Babylon restaurant in downtown Raleigh to host a half-day “tasting celebration,” where ticket holders sample food and beverages from local restaurants, brands, breweries, and more. Tickets are required for this event and sold out nearly a week in advance in 2015. More tickets have been added for 2016 in anticipation of nearly 50 percent more participating vendors, but are again expected to sell out in advance of the Sunday event. Prices will increase beginning April 18.