Charlotte Food Festival BayHaven is a weekend of food, wine, and more

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Chef Greg Collier's Creation - Jamey Price

The BayHaven Food & Wine Festival is coming to Charlotte at the very end of October as the newest addition to the Charlotte food festival scene.

The three-day event will expand over the weekend of October 22-24, and will feature a variety of events to celebrate Black Foodways and various Black culinary experts from around the Carolinas. BayHaven’s events will include food and wine tastings, classes, dinners, art exhibitions, and even a family-friendly Chuckwagon Carnival. Apart from the Chuckwagon Carnival taking place on the opening Friday, all of the events will be 21 and over, and tickets are already available for purchase on the website.

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Greg Collier at his Uptown restaurant – credit Jamey Price

In order to attend the event, tickets are required and space is limited, but festival-goers can choose which events they would like to buy tickets for, and packages are available for multiple events, all ranging from $10-$900. Inspired by the Harlem Renaissance, the founders Gregory and Subrina Collier hope the event will shed light on Black experts in all aspects of the culinary world, as well as foster representation and diversity within the food industry. The Collier duo has opened several restaurants across North and South Carolina, and have founded events such as The Soul Food Sessions.

More than 30 Black chefs will be displaying their talents for the newest Charlotte food festival, continuing to bring awareness to more black-owned food related businesses while redefining American cuisine. Among their dedication to expanding the palate of their festival-goers, The Colliers hope their efforts to make a change will extend further, so the BayHaven festival will be partnering with No Kid Hungry to help end childhood hunger amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

The festival will make its debut, not only as the latest food festival in Charlotte, but as a pioneer for broader representation among the Black food community within the Carolinas. The BayHaven Food & Wine Festival will bring a new perspective to the culinary world, all while providing an entire weekend full of fun!

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Photo credit – Jamey Price / @bayhavenfoodandwinefestival
words by Zoe Radojicic