Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership presents their Restaurant Week 2016

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Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership’s Restaurant Week 2016 is this week and will end on Sunday, February 28. Restaurant Week 2016 will feature a prix fixe menu of downtown restaurants.
Restaurant week is a way to showcase downtown Winston-Salem and how the food scene here is up-and-coming. For chefs, the opportunity to create something unique using fresh and local products is a challenge and a way to highlight their abilities and the resources for restaurants that exist right here in town.

To find out participating restaurants and their specials visit – www.downtownws.com/restaurant-week

 

 

What’s Happening this month?

The Tenth Annual Salute! NC Wine Celebration, Saturday, June 6

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Salute! NC will be held on Saturday, June 6 in downtown Winston-Salem. More than 30 wineries and vineyards from around the state will be participating. You can purchase your tickets in advance!

There are several outlets where you can buy tickets: online at http://www.SaluteNCwine.com, at any area Lowes Foods, select BB&T Forsyth County branches, Total Wine Stores in Winston-Salem and Greensboro, City Beverage and Whole Foods. For more information visit online at http://www.salutencwine.com.


 

The Downtown Summer Music Series starts next week.

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The Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership’s Summer Music Series kicks off week with Downtown Jazz. Summer On Trade will start the following week.

Downtown Jazz will be June 12 and 26, July 10 and 24 and August 14 and 28. Summer on Trade will be June 20, 27, July 4, 11, 18 and 25. August 1, 8, 15, 22, 26 and September 5.

For a list of performers look for details in your local media outlets for information about Summer Music events, in the Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership Summer Music Web site http://www.dwsp.org/music


 

Find Your Spring and Summer Festival

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The spring and summer festival season in the Piedmont Triad and Western North Carolina are here. Nearly every weekend between now until September will see a street festival of some kind, somewhere. Most of them are within a day’s drive of Winston-Salem, here in North Carolina, and in Virginia.

There is an informative Web site that is dedicated to the festivals in North Carolina http://festivalsandevents.com/festival.php?state=NC and have a ball plowing through it, finding all the festivals you might want to explore. Follow the other links to festivals just across the border in Virginia. All are worth a quick day trip in this warm season


 

Twelfth Annual Texas Pete Twin City RibFest June 11 – 14 in downtown Winston-Salem

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The Texas Pete Twin City RibFest, a four-day food festival will be downtown at 500 North Marshall Street (on the corner of North Marshall and Fifth Streets) in Winston-Salem. The festival will be held Thursday, June 11 through Sunday, June 14. There will be nationally known ribbers at the event, including Pigfoot (OH), Carolina Rib King (SC), Big Boned BBQ (TN), Poor Piggys (NC), Florida Skin and Bones (FL), Jack on the Bone (OH), Porky Chicks (AR) and The Texas Smokehouse (TX).

The festival will also include performance stages with local music acts. Admission is only $7 for adults, and there are several ticket packages if you plan on bringing your crew. Children 12 and under are admitted free. Parking and other details are available on their Web site. For more information visit http://twincityribfest.com

The 9th Annual Smitty’s Notes Best of Winston-Salem Contest

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It’s your turn to vote on your Winston-Salem favorites in the 9th Annual Smitty’s Notes “Best of Winston-Salem” contest. Our neighbors to the east have their favorites – now it’s time to show off ours this year.

Smitty’s Notes has decided to take a stab again at naming some of the “bests” in our fair city. As a Winston-Salem centric e-newsletter with over 15,000 subscribers, we’re asking YOU to tell us your favorite place to eat, play, and hang out. And maybe the results will lead you to check out some new things you haven’t tried based on recommendations from fellow Smittyheads. I know from last year results, it made me do a little exploring.

So, here’s the deal.

– Take time. Fill out the survey (Trust me. This could have been longer). Comments supporting your choices are encouraged.

– You may go back and work or change your choices anytime BEFORE you submit your answers.

– New categories have been added and some removed reflecting our changing community interest.

– The contest will run until midnight June 30, 2015. Results will be announced after July 6, 2015 in the Smitty’s Notes e-newsletter and on SmittysNotes.com which will also feature a special section on all the good things you recommended.

Submissions may be anonymous; however, if you wish to share your contact information, Smitty’s Notes will randomly select one person to receive a $50 Visa gift card

I’ve learned you folks need a little incentive!

I need your help to get a good sampling. Forward this e-mail to all your friends, colleagues and crew. Bombard your address book. However, sitting at a computer repeatedly submitting to category (ballot stuffing) is strongly NOT encouraged.

“Best of Winston-Salem” Contest Link – https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/F7CCQYL

I look forward to reading and sharing your choices. Each year’s results are entertaining. The comments always give me a good chuckle 😉 Thanks for your interest and support!

So, what is Winston-Salem’s Best…

Spread the word!

Website: http://www.smittysnotes.com/

2015 RiverRun International Film Festival

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Held annually each spring, the RiverRun International Film Festival screens a wide variety of feature-length and short films from all genres, and also presents a broad range of special events, including high-profile regional premieres of significant films, celebrity tributes, family matinees and classic retrospectives as well as a mixture of panel discussions and parties. In 2015, the Festival will present 165 films from 35 countries in 11 days, bringing filmmakers and other industry professionals to Winston-Salem from around the world.

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For film lovers in North Carolina the 17th annual RiverRun International Film Festival is hard, if not impossible to beat.

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The eleven-day festival kicks off on Thursday April 16th in Winston-Salem with screenings of the French Surrealist film Reality, and a documentary on urban fashion called Fresh Dressed.

Over the ensuing days 165 films will be shown – that’s 74 features & 91 shorts, from a sampling of 35 countries. There will also be parties, panels,and Free Saturday morning cartoons for the entire family.

RiverRun Executive Director Andrew Rodgers stopped by WFDD to talk about this year’s Spotlight on Black American Cinema.

The RiverRun International Film Festival is a non-profit cultural organization dedicated to the role of cinema as a conduit of powerful ideas and diverse viewpoints. Our mission is to foster a greater appreciation of cinema and a deeper understanding of the many people, cultures and perspectives of our world through regular interaction with great films and filmmakers.

Tickets

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http://riverrunfilm.com/buy-tickets/

All regular Festival screenings are $12 for adults and $10 for students (students must purchase tickets in person and present a valid student ID to receive discounted price).  We also have special matinee prices Monday – Friday before 5:00pm for $6.

Box office information

From April 16-26, tickets for all films and events may be purchased at the main Festival box offices.  We recommend you buy tickets in advance as many screenings will sell out.  However, you may still purchase day-of tickets, if there are any available.  If there is more than one hour before the start time of a screening you can purchase your tickets at either of the main festival box offices but if there is less than one hour before the start time of the screening you must purchase tickets directly at the venue where the screening is taking place.

Pre-Festival Box Office:

The Stevens Center
405 West Fourth Street
336-721-1945
M-F 11:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday 3:00 – 6:00pm (phone sales only)

April 16 – 26 Box Offices:

The Stevens Center
405 West Fourth Street
336-721-1945

Saturdays and Sunday, April 18, 19 and 25, the Stevens Center Box Office will be open for phone and walk up sales from 10:00am – 6:00pm.  During the week of April 20-24, Monday through Friday, the Stevens Center Box Office hours will be 11:00am – 6:00pm.  Sunday, April 26, the Box Office will be open 11:00am – 2:00pm.  By 2:00pm on the 26th,  all remaining tickets will have been delivered to each venue for the remaining screenings.

ACE Cinematheque Complex – UNCSA
1533 Main Street
Open one hour before first screening of the day and closes after last screening begins.

a/perture cinema
311 W. Fourth St.
Patrons must go to RiverRun’s box office located in the lobby of the Chatham Building. Open one hour before first screening of the day and closes after last screening begins.

Hanesbrands Theatre
209 N. Spruce Street
Open one hour before first screening of the day and closes after last screening begins.

SECCA
750 Marguerite Drive
Open one hour before first screening of the day and closes after last screening begins.

Online ticket sales

To purchase tickets online, simply navigate to the page for the individual film you wish to attend and click on the “buy tickets” link next to a selected screening.

Official Website – www.riverrunfilm.com

Facebook- www.facebook.com/riverrunfilm

 

Twin City Kiwanis Club’s Pancake Jamboree Friday, February 6th 2015

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For more information click here to visit their website.

 

YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE 2015 PANCAKE JAMBOREE ON FRIDAY, FEB. 6, at the BENTON CONVENTION CENTER.

Friday, February 6 marks the return of one of my favorite events in the community and one of the best places to get people together over food: the Twin City Kiwanis Club’s Pancake Jamboree! This annual event, which draws hundreds of people, will be held at downtown the Benton Convention Center from 6:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

It’s a great experience for which people have queued up for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The appeal of the Jamboree is that it’s one of the few times you might enjoy a down-home meal, family-style, among friends and co-workers-a rarity in the fast-paced world we live in today. The great thing is, you’ll probably run into people you might not have seen all winter and share a little time together.

Tickets are $7 for adults, $3 for children under 12. Proceeds benefit the Twin City Kiwanis Clubs community projects.

 

Twin City Kiwanis Club Website- http://www.twin-city.kiwanisone.org/

Twin City Kiwanis Club Facebook Website- https://www.facebook.com/pages/Twin-City-Kiwanis-Club/167446253291001

Also please remember the following upcoming event

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Winners Announced for The Best of Winston-Salem 2014

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Votes were compiled from a survey distributed to recipients of the Smitty’s Notes e-newsletter listserv, and it was also posted on the SmittysNotes.com Web site from mid-May and during the month of June. Although not a scientific polling, it is a good sampling of the businesses, people and places that you like in Winston-Salem. The voting tabulation for each category had a Winner (clear choice); Runner Up (highest second choice); Honorable Mention (enough votes to get noticed) where applicable and Best Quote (a comment worth noting or one so hilarious that it deserved a mention). In compiling the list, some categories are intentionally not included. Simply, Smitty’s Notes doesn’t tailor or report on certain content and we are not a newsletter for everything in the city. There were also a couple of comments about the length of the survey. To those, I pose the question: Where would you cut categories that mean something to someone else? Trust me. This thing could have been WAY longer.

Click here for the list of winners!

Tenth Annual Texas Pete Twin City RibFest June 5-8 in downtown Winston-Salem

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Tenth Annual Texas Pete Twin City RibFest June 5-8 in downtown Winston-Salem

The Texas Pete Twin City RibFest, a four-day food festival will be downtown at 500 North Marshall Street (on the corner of North Marshall and Fifth Streets) in Winston-Salem. The festival will be held Thursday, June 5 through Sunday, June 8. There will be nationally known ribbers at the event, including Pigfoot (OH), Carolina Rib King (SC), Big Boned BBQ (TN), Poor Piggys (NC), 100 B Grill Team (GA), Camp 31 BBQ (AL), and Florida Skin and Bones (FL).

The festival will also include performance stages with local music acts. Admission is only $7 for adults, and there are several ticket packages if you plan on bringing your crew. Children 12 and under are admitted free. Parking and other details are available on their Web site. For more information visit http://twincityribfest.com

 

Upcoming Wine Events in Triad

NC Wine Festival at Tanglewood Park
Saturday, May 24, 2014
From Noon to 6:30 pm at Tanglewood Park, Clemmons, NC

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Join us for the 14th Annual North Carolina Wine Festival at Tanglewood Park, May 24th! Gates open and tastings begin at noon and last until 6:30 pm. Enjoy tasting from over 25 North Carolina Wineries! Once your glass is filled  groove to the music from live bands, grab a bite from our food vendors and enjoy browsing the exhibitor’s tents for treasures.

The festival is more than just a wine tasting day; it has become an exceptional Carolina summertime gathering that highlights the expanding wine industry in the Piedmont and the recognition of North Carolina by wine lovers across the state and across the country. More than 25 wineries throughout the state will be involved in this year’s festival. Advance ticket prices are $20 at area Harris Teeter stores, online through PayPal or $30 at the gate the day of the event. Parking is free.

Wines will be available for both free tastings (included with ticket ) and may be purchased by the glass, bottle or case from each of the participating North Carolina wineries. Arts and craft vendors will on hand to add to the fun. This year’s entertainment acts include Back Porch Orchestra, Ken Knox and Co. and The Plaids.

For more information go to http://www.ncwinefestival.com/ or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NCWineFestival

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Downtown Winston-Salem: Salute! The North Carolina Wine Celebration presented by BB&T

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Salute! The North Carolina Wine Celebration presented by BB&T, uncorks in the streets of Downtown Winston-Salem, with over 30 North Carolina wineries offering tastings and purchase of their harvest. Voted a “Top 20 Event in the Southeast” by the Southeast Tourism Society, this event offers a total experience that highlights the fast-growing North Carolina wine industry in a fun and festive setting.

Enjoy delicious food selections, musical entertainment and the popular “North Carolina Food & Wine University,” an interactive and fun educational area that features food and wine demonstrations throughout the day by local chefs and regional winemakers.

Tickets for the festival may be purchased online at www.salutencwine.com

 

Join us for the 14th Annual North Carolina Wine Festival at Tanglewood Park, May 24th! Gates open and tastings begin at noon and last until 6:30 pm. Enjoy tasting from over 25 North Carolina Wineries! Once your glass is filled  groove to the music from live bands, grab a bite from our food vendors and enjoy browsing the exhibitor’s tents for treasures.North Carolina Wine Festival at Tanglewood Park, May 24th! Gates open and tastings begin at noon and last until 6:30 pm. Enjoy tasting from over 25 North Carolina Wineries! Once your glass is filled  groove to the music from live bands, grab a bite from our food vendors and enjoy browsing the exhibitor’s tents for treasures.

The 8th Annual Smitty’s Notes “Best of Winston-Salem” Contest

The 8th Annual Smitty’s Notes “Best of Winston-Salem” Contest

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It’s your turn to vote on your Winston-Salem favorites in the 8th Annual Smitty’s Notes “Best of Winston-Salem” contest. Our neighbors to the east have their favorites – now it’s time to show off ours this year.

Take time. Fill out the survey. The contest will run until midnight June 30, 2014. Results will be announced after July 7, 2014 in the Smitty’s Notes e-newsletter and on SmittysNotes.com

“Best of Winston-Salem” Contest Link –https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/7MTN6HJ

Smitty Note’s Website: http://www.smittysnotes.com/

Greek Festival 2014 Festival Starts today!

Winston-Salem Greek Festival 2014
2014 Festival Dates: May 16, 17, 18
Friday and Saturday 10 to 10 
Sunday 11 to 8 

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On May 16, 17 and 18, the Greek community is inviting everyone to its Annual Greek Festival at the Greek Orthodox Church. 435 Keating Drive, off of Country Club Road & Silas Creek Parkway. Here’s what’s on tap for the weekend: plenty of Greek dancing, informative tours of the beautiful church, and shopping at the Agora (Market Place), where you can purchase arts, crafts and other goodies. Speaking of goodies, the most important part of the festival in my opinion, is the F-O-O-D. And lots of it! Think: Gyros, moussaka, pastitsio, souvlaki and my favorite, spanakopita!

The festival hours on Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is $1.00. You can also call in take-out orders from the event. Telephone: 765-FOOD (3663).

Additional Info:
Phone: 765-7145
Offical Website: http://www.wsgoc.org/greek-festival
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Winston-Salem-Greek-Festival/1375854016021304

FOX’s Shannon Smith stopped by the Greek Orthodox Church in Winston-Salem to get all the details. http://myfox8.com/2014/05/16/greek-festival-this-weekend-in-winston-salem-2/