Matthews area looks forward to appetite-whetting day

September 22, 2013 by  

September 28 looks set to be a great day for food fanatics in Matthews area surrounding Charlotte. No doubt flyer printing is being used to announce a trio of gastronomic events open to the public, some of which raise money for various charitable organizations.

The first of them is at the Union County Agricultural Center, where the Taste of Union will be held for the fifth year in a row. Food will be provided by more than a dozen restaurants and caterers, and the money raised from ticket sales and a silent auction will go towards Operation Reach Out. There will also be music and raffle prizes.

Also on the same day at Friendship Trays in Charlotte, there will be the fifth annual Friendship Trays and Slow Food Charlotte. Chefs from the local area will prepare appetizers and small plates from local produce, and local draft beers and wine will be available. Carnival-like entertainers will be featured, along with a silent auction from which the funds raised will go towards the Friendship Gardens project.

The one other event on September 28 is Charlotte Oktoberfest, to be held for the 15th year in a row. Held at the North Carolina Music Factory, the event will feature more than 350 beers from brewers in the region, across the United States, and around the world. There will also be food vendors, live music, free parking, and various games that will include cornhole in Creative Loafing’s Beerlympic Village and foosball. The price of admission also includes a six-ounce souvenir tasting glass.