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Taste of the Carolinas isn’t your average Charlotte food festival. It’s a full-blown celebration of Carolina culture with highlights of seven Carolina regions, an amazing lineup of authentic food, live music, arts and crafts, craft beer/local wine samplings and cooking demonstrations. Not to mention, all of your favorite Carowinds attractions and the all-new County Fair.
On Saturdays and Sundays through May 14, guests will be able to tour the Carolinas with their taste buds. From the mountaintops of Asheville to the waters of the Lowcountry, you’ll sample the eclectic delicacies and savory soul foods that define our culture.
Seven Regions of Flavor
Google “Charleston food,” and you’ll find hundreds of national publications calling the Holy City a haven for foodies. You’ll see why after sampling our sweet tea glazed chicken, our crispy shrimp and grits or our Lady Baltimore cake.
Altitude affects attitude, and the highlands are full of good mood food. After trying our menu of smoked egg and pork belly salad, mushroom ravioli with wild herb and pecan cinnamon bread pudding with cream icing – you’ll be all smiles.
Upstate South Carolina Region
This 10-county region in northwest South Carolina is the largest peach producer in the South, and they can serve up a ton of delicious soul food. Taste the Upstate with our sweet potato popover, spring onion bread pudding with pickled peaches or butterbean sliders with pimento cheese and arugula.
The lower, most southern part of South Carolina is home to salty aromas, the sweet sound of hymns, Spanish moss and laid back vibes. You’ll be transported to the Lowcountry after getting a taste of our peanut and oyster stew, tomato pie and bourbon chocolate fritters.
South Carolina BBQ Region
South Carolina is all about the mustard-based BBQ sauce. Regardless of which sauce you prefer, you can’t argue with our popular pulled pork spring rolls, BBQ roasted corn or our poached peaches over gelato.
Outer Banks Region
The birthplace of flight (we don’t care what Ohio says) is full of flavor that will have your taste buds soaring. Our frog legs, fried catfish, Calabash hushpuppies and seafood potato croquette are first in flavor.
Lexington BBQ Region
Known as the BBQ Capital of the World, Lexington “Q” features a vinegar-based sauce the perfectly pairs with smoky meats. You’ll be holding back the tears after tasting our triple-header of heartiness: beer-basted pulled pork slider, BBQ chicken slider, and BBQ ribs.
In the Carolinas, food is more than just nourishment. It’s home. It’s family. It’s good conversation. Food is about coming together, and that’s what Taste of the Carolinas is all about.
Taste of the Carolinas is held on Saturdays and Sundays through May 14. Entertainment and chef demonstrations are included in park admission. Food samples and special beer & wine sample events are an additional cost.
We hope to see y’all there!
Social Media & Digital Marketing Manager - @chrisfoshee on Twitter
Mark your calendars for four seasons of AMAZING with Carowinds’ Seasons of Fun! Spring, summer, fall, winter - every season offers something new for you and your family to enjoy. No two visits are ever alike with all we're bringing you this year. Take a look at what's new, and what may be new to you.
2019 was the most AMAZING year at Carowinds yet! From the double launch of Copperhead Strike on opening day to a fantastic fireworks finale on New Year’s Eve, there was so much FUN to be had this year at Carowinds. We wanted to know what kinds of memories you created at the park last season so we went to social media to ask. And boy did ya'll make some wonderful memories! So many of you told us about the spectacular experiences you had throughout the year. Here are some of our favorites.
Carowinds Welcomes New Executive Chef Mitch Weaver
Carowinds is upping its food game once again, welcoming executive chef Mitch Weaver. Weaver brings a wealth of experience to Carowinds, coming from the world-renowned Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, CA, where he served as executive chef.
The holiday fun doesn't end after Christmas at Carowinds. We've got the best family-friendly New Year's Eve celebration in the Carolinas right here. Enjoy all the magical fun of WinterFest plus an amazing New Year's Eve party. Here's your guide to the night.
Being a Season Passholder has its perks! Not only do you get unlimited visits to Carowinds but you also get some great benefits including exclusive discounts, early ride times and more. We are so excited to say that we are continuing to add to this list with Carowinds Pass Perks. This rewards program is EXCLUSIVELY for Season Passholders. You'll earn rewards just by visiting Carowinds and having fun. Some of these surprises could include a Fast Lane, a food item, exclusive discounts and more. And periodically we randomly choose a winner for a special VIP package. Meet one family that won big in the Pass Perks program.
As the Carousel Turns: The Grand Carousel Celebrates 40 Years at Carowinds
While Afterburn and Hurler celebrated big milestones (20 and 25 years respectively) in 2019, there’s another Carowinds attraction celebrating a landmark anniversary this year: The Grand Carousel. Like clockwork, the carousel horses of Carowinds’ Grand Carousel have been galloping around the park for forty years. The one catch? They’re actually galloping counter clockwise. But where did they get first get their start and get off to the races?
Carowinds Receives Platinum Rating for Aquatics Safety Excellence
As 2019 winds down, you’re probably thinking more about ice skating than swimming. But here at Carowinds we have aquatics safety on our minds all year long. Just after Carolina Harbor closed we received the results of our summer safety audits from Ellis & Associates, who recognized our lifeguards with a platinum rating for exceeding industry standards.
Talking to: Make-A-Wish Youth Leadership Council Members
Carowinds has a strong, long-standing relationship with Make-A-Wish Central and Western North Carolina. Through this partnership, I found out about their Youth Leadership Council and was eager to learn more about this important organization which allows young people to learn, grow and help make wishes come true for children with life-threatening medical conditions. I wanted to see it through some members' eyes and Kierra Sunris and Maria Kaltsounis were gracious enough to do email interviews.
The most wonderful time of the year is HERE! WinterFest returns on November 24th, as Carowinds magically transforms
into a winter wonderland with spectacular holiday experiences to ignite the season’s spirit. The state line will shine bright
with over 5 million shimmering lights and a 70-foot tree. Friends and family will enjoy live entertainment and immersive
holiday experiences. This year, WinterFest is packed with even more fun than ever before with these new, exciting
WinterFest is once again upon us! Many have asked which rides will be open during the event. Wonder no more! If all the lights, shows, food, a nightly parade and general festive memory making aren't enough for you, we'll have select rides open too.