The BayHaven Food and Drink Festival returns for its second annual event. Photo:Clay Williams

The BayHaven Food & Wine Festival, set for October 19-23, will feature nearly 100 Black chefs and mixologists from across the country.

The second annual event will feature some new and familiar names:

James Beard Award-winner Ricky Moore, Zoe Adjonyoh, B.J. Dennis, Cleophus Hethington, and “Top Chef” alumni Nick Wallace, Kenny Gilbert, Ashleigh Shanti and Chris Scott.

Some of Charlotte’s own are participating this year: NCRLA Chef of the Year Oscar Johnson and Daryl Cooper II of Jimmy Pearls; Adjoa Courtney of Cooking With Joya; Jamie Barnes of What The Fries; and Courtney Evans and Brandon Stanton of Leah & Louise. 

The festival will take place in multiple locations across Charlotte, including Camp North End, Johnson & Wales University and Nebedye Farms.

Scheduled events:

Wednesday, Oct. 19 

Freshman Orientation Farm Dinner:
Where: Nebedye Farms (9512 Mill Grove Rd., Indian Trail)
Time: 5 p.m.

Sail across the Atlantic while watching the sunset for the Friends of James Beard Benefit Dinner.

Price: $315 per person.

Thursday, Oct. 20

Homeroom Midday Symposium:
Where: Johnson & Wales University, 801 W Trade St.
Time: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

The Homeroom Midday Symposium will feature panel discussions addressing the state of the Black hospitality industry and a family-style lunch with wine pairings,

Price: $75 per person

Daughters of the Diaspora:
Where: The Ruth, 2122 Thrift Rd.
Time: 6:30-9:30 p.m.

This all-woman dinner, led by chef Zoe Adjonyoh, author of “Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen” and Director of Women’s Leadership Programs at the James Beard Foundation, will feature six courses and three cocktail pairings. Guests will receive a copy of Adjonyoh’s book and spices.

Price: $275 per person.

Friday, Oct. 21

Homecoming Gala: 
Where: Embassy Suites Uptown (401 E Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.)
Time: 6:30-10 p.m

This event will have you reliving your best college homecoming dance days. Chef stations, entertainment and top mixologists and winemakers — it’s an adult prom, featuring Chefs Stephen Jones, Daryl Cooper and Oscar Johnson, among others.

Price: $300 per person. 

Saturday, Oct. 22

Pep Rally Tasting Tent:
Where: Camp North End (1824 Statesville Ave.)
Time: 11 a.m.-3 p.m

Bites and beverages from more than 75 chefs, wine makers and mixologists from across the country. Event ticket includes small bite sampling and other treats.

Price: $150 per person. 

Sunday, Oct. 23

Post-Game Tailgate:
Where: Camp North End (301 Camp Road)
Time: 5:30-8:30 p.m

The grand finale of the five-day festival is a tailgate-style BBQ cookout with multiple food stations (some vegan/vegetarian options) and curated cocktails and beer.

Price: $115 per person

To keep up with schedule changes and update visit the BayHaven Food & Wine Festival website.

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Jalon is a general assignment reporter for QCity Metro. He is a graduate of North Carolina Central University and an avid sports fan. (

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