Taste of Charlotte, Race to the Taste 5K & Cupcake Run

Taste of Charlotte, Race to the Taste 5K & Cupcake Run

Kick off the summer by heading outside with your friends and family for Uptown’s annual Taste of Charlotte event.  This 3-day, 6-block wide (Stonewall to 5th Street) festival features 100+ samples from local restaurants, cooking demonstrations, live music, street performers, children’s activities, interactive tours, shopping and much more.  This is a fun, family-friendly event, ideal for all ages.


Taste of Charlotte Dates: June 9th – 11th, 2017

Times: Friday-Saturday 11am-11pm and Sunday 11am-6pm

Admission is FREE.

– Coins may be purchased on site at booths located throughout the festival or pre-purchase your coins before the event and pick them up at a coin booth! Use your coins for restaurant samples, beverages, kid’s activities and more.

– Kids Play-All-Day Wristband –  $15  – Purchase kids wristbands at any Coin Booth onsite. Valid for the entire day on the day purchased only.


Participating Restaurants:

The Marketplace: an eclectic boutique style open-air market featuring jewelry, children’s accessories, face painting, clothing, gifts and more.  Located on Tryon Street between Trade & 5th.

Emila Jewelry, All Natural Dips, Kelly’s K-9’s Kitchen, David French Originals, Quilla, Heather’s Pet Products, Veruca Salt Company, Photo Letter Art, Mercy Baby Boutique, Caricatures, Tennessee Moonshine Cakes, The Elegant Elephant, Green Mountain Maple.


Main Stage Entertainment:

Friday, June 9th
11:00am – Matt Stratford Band
2:30pm – NC Dance District
4:00pm – onceblind
7:30pm – Kamilah Bellydance
8:00pm – Best of the Taste Awards
8:30pm – Acoustic South Zac Brown Tribute Band

Saturday, June 10th
11:00am – Kamilah Bellydance
12:00pm – The Sandsharks
4:00pm – Power 2 Party
7:00pm – 107.9 The Link’s Matt and Ramona Show Lip Sync
8:30pm – Kids In America – A Totally 80’s Tribute

Sunday, June 11th
11:00am – Groove Masters
1:00pm – Mascot Meet & Greet
2:00pm – Charlotte Performing Arts Academy
3:00pm – Woodie & the String Pullers


Kids Activities:

Kids Activities are located throughout the event site from Stonewall all the way to 5th Street.  Don’t forget to purchase your coins which are required for most rides.

Kraken Pirate Ship Slide, Tiger Belly Bounce, Barrels of Fun, Spring-free Trampoline, Rainforest Playground, Camel Slide, Firehouse Funhouse, Rock Climbing Wall, Spinmaster Tunnel, Roller Coaster Obstacle Course, Charlotte Knights Bounce House and more.


4th Annual Race to the Taste 5K

Saturday, June 10th

5K – 9:00am-9:45am

Price: $33.00 Race Fee + $4.25 Sign-Up Fee. Price increases to $37.00 after June 2, 2017 at 11:59pm.


The 5K will start and finish at the Taste of Charlotte Festival. Runners meet on Trade Street at 4th Street. The finish line will be on Trade Street between 4th and College.

Runners of the 5K will receive a premium race shirt, swag bag, a ticket to a Charlotte Checkers Hockey Game, a cold Corona Premier (after the run) and a Taste of Charlotte Super Coin to purchase a menu item at the festival.

Cupcake Run/Walk

Saturday, June 10th

Cupcake Run – 9:45am-10:30am  (After the 5k.)

Price: $15.00 Race Fee + $3.25 Sign-Up Fee. Registration ends June 9, 2017 at 11:59am EDT

Cupcake Run/Walk Participants will receive a t-shirt and multiple cupcakes from Dulce Affairs, Oh So Delicious, Sunflour Baking Company, and KupKake Kouture.

Enjoy an after-party at the Corona Light Tavern at the Taste with live music from TwentyThreeOverFour and an awards ceremony.


Click Here for more information or to register for the run!

When not working behind the scenes at Restaurant Traffic, you can find this local foodie guru out and about enjoying the Charlotte restaurant scene with close friends and family.

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