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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE—TRIAD NC | VOLUME 14—ISSUE 1 26 WINSTON-SALEM The sights and sounds of fast moving bikes racing through downtown Winston-Salem is not something you see every day. In May, The Winston-Salem Cycling Classic event captivated all ages for 8 days leading up to Memorial weekend. The headline classic criterium and road race events are considered among the top cycling competitions in North America. "Downtown is the perfect place for these races," said Sterling Swaim, local organizer and one of the founders of the event. "The tightness of space with sidewalks, bars and restaurants creates the ambiance and electricity that brings the bike race to life." Wine glasses are lifted in June with the Salute! Wine Festival. The festival highlights many of the more than 40 wineries from the Yadkin Valley American Viticultural Area. A newly added beer garden highlights Winston-Salem's local craft beer scene. The celebrations and excitement for the wine festival begin days prior to the event. Winemaker dinners and a special event with celebrity chef Virginia Willis is on tap. Special events and festivals give a boost to the city that gets high marks for its quality of life, vibrant downtown, high quality restaurants and a wide variety of entertainment, art, theatre and cultural venues. The fall is a hot time for the city with a book festival and a Texas Pete ® culinary event. Literacy and books are center stage when Bookmarks Festival of Books sets up shop in at the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts in September. 2015 was a stellar year when famed Southern author Pat Conroy spoke to a packed crowd with his wife Cassandra King and author Ron Rash. Lines quickly formed afterwards to get signed copies of The Prince of Tides and other iconic novels. The festival is the largest book and author festival in North Carolina. The heat is turned up in the city during the annual Texas Pete ® Culinary Arts Festival (September). Come ready to try everyone's favorite hot sauce with Texas Pete ® inspired dishes from Texas Pete ® chefs. Live performances thrill audiences at the Stevens Center, Hanes Brand Theatre and Milton Rhodes Art Center. Art lovers convene for the First Friday gallery hop on Trade Street, which is lined with art galleries and craft shops. A/perture cinema shows an eclectic mix of foreign flms, documentaries, indie flms as well as mainstream flms. Locally owned restaurants serve up Southern, American and other cuisine at Mary's Gourmet Diner, Sweet Potatoes, Bib's Downtown and others. For Winston-Salem BY LYNNE BRANDON a more elegant evening, diners head to Spring House Restaurant Kitchen & Bar, a circa 1920 former residence. Sitting on the terrace is the perfect way to enjoy Chef Tim Grandinetti's expertly prepared dishes. A special "Summertime at Spring House" series launches on Thursdays in June, featuring live music on the terrace, "hot-of-the-grill" specials from a new summer menu, artisan cocktails and wine tastings. To inspire in the kitchen, Chef Tim leads culinary workshops in the summer and fall. Guests are encouraged to slow down "Italian style" at Quanto Basta Italian Eatery & Wine Bar in the afternoons (Monday through Thursday). For a few hours, enjoy the Italian experience with complimentary chef-crafted noshes to pair with wine from the cellar with more than 200 varietals. Foodies that relish eating fresh and local head to Old Salem's Cobblestone market on Saturdays. Live music on site pairs well with fruits, vegetables, beverages and pastries. Locally owned businesses have congregated in renovated brick buildings on Trade Street, one of the main downtown arteries. Black Mountain Chocolate Factory & Kitchen is a bean-to-bar shop that meticulously makes chocolate by hand — three bars to the mold at a time. The result is dark chocolate in ecstatically good favors using sea salt and other unusual ingredients. Just a few steps away, Broad Branch distillery produces NightLab 1.0 whiskey using raw cane sugar from Louisiana, North Carolina heirloom grains, and spring water from Surry County. Take an animated tour from head distiller, Joe Tappe, on the frst and third Fridays to learn how the grain gets to the glass. >> festivals, viticulture, texas pete®

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