Food & Wine Names Charlotte The 7th Most Exciting Up-And-Coming Big City For Food Lovers

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The City of Charlotte has been selected as a top destination for food lovers to visit, according to Dotdash Meredith’s Food & Wine.

Charlotte ranks 7th out of the Food & Wine Editors’ list of the 11 best up-and-coming culinary destinations in America.

Editors say “Charlotte has always been fertile ground for culinary creativity, with rural roots just beneath the surface.”

Food projects around Charlotte including the former textile mill reborn as Optimist Hall and The Market at 7th Street were shouted out in the article.

Editors also mentioned the launch of the BayHaven Food & Wine Festival, a three-day event that honors Black chefs and foodways in the Southeast, thanks to the couple at the helm of popular Charlotte restaurant Leah & Louise.

Check out Food & Wine’s Next Great Food Cities 2022 below:

Big Cities:

  • Boise, Idaho
  • Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Jersey City, New Jersey
  • Omaha, Nebraska
  • Tucson, Arizona

Small Cities:

  • Biddeford, Maine
  • Bozeman, Montana
  • Charlottesville, Virginia
  • Greenville, South Carolina

FOOD & WINE Editor in Chief Hunter Lewis says, “We celebrate our picks for the 11 American cities with the most dynamic and emergent food cultures. Each met the criteria with their creativity, innovation, diversity, and deliciousness. It’s an exciting time for food in our country, with places like Cincinnati, where a constellation of food entrepreneurs is spurring a renaissance (Who knew you could get both Lebanese-inspired chocolate-and-tahini cookies and Japanese-style coconut mochi doughnuts there?), and Tucson, where I recently ate my weight in tacos and filled a carry-on bag with Monsoon chocolate bars, pizza flour from Barrio Bread, and flour tortillas from Anita’s Street Market to take home.”

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