5 fun food and drink events in Charlotte this week

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If you love to eat and drink, this week offers a great chance to explore the world of food and beverage in Charlotte. From a breakfast dessert festival to a wing festival to a sushi-rolling class, there’s plenty to explore and enjoy if you’re hungry for something new.

Wake up to a festival of breakfast-inspired desserts

The only thing better than breakfast for dinner is dessert for breakfast, as the Breakfast Desserts festival proves. Local bakeries and food trucks will be teaming up to serve enticing a.m. sweets like peach cobbler waffles, Cinnamon Toast Crunch kettle corn, red velvet chicken and waffle cupcakes, and Pop Tart s’mores. Bonus: the first 50 attendees over 21 will get a cereal marshmallow with a mini shot, and the first 200 attendees will receive eggs stuffed with prizes, from cereal to vouchers for free desserts.

The date: Saturday 3/24, 10am-3pm
The location: Camp North End, Camp North End Dr., Charlotte
The price: Free with RSVP (desserts for purchase)

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Crack the case at a murder mystery dinner party

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At this comedic “mystery” night, Maggiano’s wants to make “every detective’s fantasy come true,” with plenty of “slippery red herrings, diabolical clues, and ingenious detective work in the middle of a hilarious homicide investigation.” But even if you and your fellow detectives don’t manage to crack the case, you’ll eat well doing it: the menu includes dishes like crispy pepperoni risotto bites, baked ziti, New York-style cheesecake, and a free beer or glass of wine (with more drinks available for purchase).

The date: Friday 3/23, 7-10pm
The location: Maggiano’s Little Italy, 4400 Sharon Rd., Charlotte
The price: $65

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Eat clean at a vegan tasting night

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Raw food and juice bar Viva Raw, Italian food market and kitchen Zia Pia Imports, and Assorted Table Wine Shoppe are teaming up for a 100% vegan dinner, complete with four courses of food (cashew cheese, pasta, salad, and dessert) and three paired wines for just $40. The organizers promise “good food, good drinks, and good company,” but the table is limited to 40 guests, so get your tickets early.

The date: Wednesday 3/21, 6:30-8pm
The location: 7th Street Public Market, 224 East 7th St., Charlotte
The price: $46

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Go to town at a wing festival

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Join Rooftop 210 for their second annual “throwdown,” where “Uptown Charlotte’s favorite restaurants compete for the BEST WING IN TOWN! Nothing like a fresh cold one while sampling the best wings in town. Based on each restaurant’s choice, enjoy their preferred beer samples at each wing stop.” Admission includes 12 wing samples, beer samples, live entertainment and a cash bar; underage attendees or non-drinkers can skip the beer and go wings-only for $12.

The date: Saturday 3/24, 2-6pm
The location: Rooftop 210, 210 East Trade St. #B320, Charlotte
The price: $25 general admission, $35 VIP

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Rock and roll at a sushi-making class

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“Whether you’re an avid sushi fan, a home chef expending their repertoire or just looking for something unique to do with friends, you’ll find our sushi class engaging and creative,” say the organizers, who’ll teach you to fill, shape, and slice sushi like the pros. “Great for a date night, girls’/guys’ night out, teambuilding or even a twist on birthday celebrations.”

The date: Friday 3/23, 6:30-8:30pm
The location: Hissho Sushi, 11949 Steele Creek Rd., Charlotte
The price: $44 for one person or $87 for two

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