What's on Tap

What's on Tap

Find gourmet food, cooking demos at the Southern Women's Show

Posted April 18

Photo by The Southern Women's Show

— The Southern Women's Show takes over the North Carolina State Fairgrounds April 21-23 with celebrity guests, shopping and workshops on fashion, beauty, health and fitness, business, education, home and travel.

Here's a guide to where to find one of festival's best components -- the food.

The Exposition Center will each play host to chef appearances, interactive events, cooking demonstrations and a local vendor market.

Special guests and cooking demos

Stop by the Food Lion Kitchen Stage in the Exposition Center for cooking tips and challenges featuring:

  • Jenny Brule, a chef, food writer and restaurant consultant who is regularly featured on NBC and ABC programming in North Carolina.
  • Lisa Brooks, who has appeared on Food Network and is known for her southern eats and business based out of Charlotte.
  • Monica Smith, a former competitor on The Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen who is passionate about farm-to-fork food.
  • Bruce Rowland, one of Richmond’s top chefs in the fine dining market and a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in New York.

Here's a schedule of all the cooking classes and events to be held on the stage.

Local food market

The Got to be NC Pavilion, located in front of the Food Lion Kitchen Stage and filled with vendors selling delicious foods made in-state, is another favorite.

This year's local participants include Bertie County Peanuts, Bevs and Bites, Black Dog Gourmet, Carolina Kettle, Carolina Packers, Chocolate Smiles, Five Points Baking Company, Floury Apron, Foss Gourmet, Grendeddy Dave’s BBQ Sauce, Harvest Time Foods, Heritage Farms Cheshire Pork, KPKandies, Nancy Jo’s Homemade, NC Fudge, The Cookie People, Tommy’s Jerky & Smokies, Tonya’s Cookies and Yammy’s Sauces.

There will also be an interactive tasting bar hosted by Grapes & Olives On Tap, where visitors can sample imported olive oils and Italian balsamic vinegars infused with herbs, citrus, berries, chocolate, mushrooms and fruits.

Additional booths will represent PDQ, Milo's Sweet Tea and OVI Hydration.


Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased for $10 online or $8 at local Walgreens stores. A three-day admission ticket is also available for $15. The show is open on Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

WRAL-TV is a proud sponsor of the Southern Women's Show.


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