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Salute! The North Carolina Wine Celebration - Saturday, June 4, 2016

Held on the streets of Downtown Winston-Salem, Salute! The North Carolina Wine Celebration has become the premier festival dedicated to serving North Carolina wines exclusively. Entering its 11th year, Salute! uncorks along Fourth Street in Winston-Salem as more than 35 North Carolina wineries come together to share sample pours of their wines and inform festival goers of the happenings at their wineries. Looking to learn more about the art of wine and how to properly taste and pair it? Be sure to attend at least one of the sessions at NC Food & Wine University. Presented by Salute!, NC Food & Wine University brings local chefs and winemakers together to share about wine pairing and the art of wine consumption. Beer lovers also find their niche at the festival. Recently introduced is the beer garden that highlights Winston-Salem's local craft beer scene.

Though the actual festival is held Saturday, June 4 from noon to 6 p.m. -- the celebrations and excitement for Salute! begins the days prior to the event. Throughout the week visitors can savor paired meals at Winemaker dinners or attend Friday night's  “Evening of Southern Food” celebrity chef cooking event. 

Friday, June 3, "An Evening of Southern Food"

The “Evening of Southern Food” celebrity chef cooking event is from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts, 251 N. Spruce Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101.  Join an "Evening of Southern Food" for an interactive and fun LIVE chef demonstration, featuring Chef Francine Bryson.  Alongside local Winston-Salem chefs, Francine explores some "classic southern food recipes" with a new twist.  The chefs not only get to present their talented culinary skills, but they are able to interact with the audience, whether it be sharing stories or asking someone to join them onstage to sneak a taste. Francine will feature two dishes that incorporate local southern food and progresses step-by-step so that the audience can follow along and ask questions.The main demonstration features Celebrity Chef, Francine Bryson.  The event  also features Rien Fertel, New Orleans, LA, Sam Jones, Greenville, NC and Winston-Salem chef Tim Grandinetti.  The “Evening of Southern Food” event began in 2012 as a way to raise the profile of food and culinary talents incorporated into the event and to further develop the “destination weekend” goal of Salute! and Visit Winston-Salem. Past guest chefs have included Virginia Willis, Nathalie Dupree.  Tickets begin $35 in advance and $45 at the day of the event.  To purchase tickets call (336) 727-7403 or go to

Tickets for Salute! NC Wine Celebration may be purchased online at, at all North Carolina Lowes Foods stores, select BB&T branches, Whole Foods in Winston-Salem, or at Triad area Total Wine Stores.
Advance tickets are $25 each. Day-of tickets will be available for $30 each and are subject to sell out.  No tickets will be sold after 4 p.m. the day of the festival. 

Check back on this page closer to the event to see available wine packages and a detailed schedule of the festival.

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