The dueling glove was originally an invention of chefs who would slap turkeys with oven mitts and demand electric knives at dawn. Taste the edible creations of culinary innovators with today's Groupon: for $5, you get a cup of seven coins at the 13th Annual Taste of Charlotte (a $10 value), which takes place Friday, June 10 through Sunday, June 12. Festival admission is free.
The Taste of Charlotte unrolls a five-block red carpet of family-friendly merriment, presenting culinary celebrations from area restaurants, live music, and myriad entertainment options. Use the coins to score smoky samples from 2010 Best of the Taste winner Outlaw BBQ Shack or a decadent delight from Divine Pies Bakery (restaurant samples range from one to three coins). Take shelter from stampeding herds of street performers at the Tavern, in which hardworking taste buds can treat themselves to soothing sips of New Belgium beers and Twisted wines, including pinot grigio and moscato (beverages range from two to four coins).
Festival-goers can soak in live music from two electrifying stages, and peepers pining for pirouettes can set sights on a performance by The Dance Company on June 10 at 3 p.m. On June 11 at 11 a.m., the Charlotte Speed Demons Roller Derby will thrill onlookers with graceful form and tender sportsmanship. Kids can busy bodies at Amtrack Crossroads, which boast inflated jumpers, games, and rides.
Click here for a map listing vendors and coin pricing.
100 S Tryon St.
Charlotte, North Carolina 28202