Charlotte StrEATs Festival

Aarón Sánchez

Sunday, April 14th, 2024

12:00 – 5:00 p.m. at Gateway Village (900 W. Trade St.)

Join us for the main event – the Charlotte StrEATs Festival, a part of Charlotte SHOUT! Attendees can celebrate the city’s culinary scene at this FREE event! The festival will feature a special appearance from Chef Aarón Sánchez! Aarón is an award-winning chef, TV personality, author and philanthropist. His television career spans over two decades starring on hit shows such as Food Network’s Chopped and the Emmy-nominated series Taco Trip. A James Beard Award winner, Aarón is the chef/owner of several restaurants throughout the U.S. including Johnny Sánchez, Showbird and Adobo Cantina.

Aarón will be doing a cooking demonstration as well as emceeing our Neighborhood Cook-off! These battles will pit chefs head-to-head in a cook-off to win the title of StrEATs Neighborhood Champion.

While you are taking in all the culinary talent on our stage, make sure you shop our carefully curated artisan market featuring some of the city’s top culinary vendors, enjoy food trucks, music, art, and more! We will also have wristbands available for purchase to participate in our craft cocktail tasting.


12:00 p.m. – Welcome from festival co-host Kristen Wile

12:15 p.m. – Cooking Demo from Chef Chris Coleman, The Goodyear House

12:45 p.m. – Neighborhood Cook-off Battle 1: Chef Courtney Evans (Leah & Louise) vs. Chef Awo Amenumey (Eh’Vivi)

1:45 p.m. – Neighborhood Cook-off Battle 2: Chef Anthony Denning (Another?! Food Truck) vs. Chef Matt Moore (VINYL)

2:30 p.m. – Cooking demonstration from Chef Aarón Sánchez followed by brief meet & greet

3:15 p.m. – Neighborhood Cook-off Final Battle, followed by the awarding of the 2024 Neighborhood Cook-off Champion

4:15 p.m. – Cooking demonstration from Sam Diminich, Restaurant Constance

4:30 p.m. – Artist Silver Sells will reveal her live painting. Last call for alcohol

5:00 p.m. – Farewell, event over

*See Cocktail Tasting below for Cocktail Stage Schedule

StrEATs 2023. Photo by: Ryan Allen

Food Trucks

We can’t wait to show off the best food trucks in town!

Cocktail Tasting

Purchase a cocktail wristband to taste craft cocktails created by Charlotte’s top mixologists! Mixologists will create a beverage from our partners that best represents their neighborhood. 21+ only. Wristbands are on sale now! $25/advance, $30/door. Price includes 6 tasting coins – each redeemable for one cocktail.

Each mixologist will do a demo on our Cocktail Demonstration Stage. Participating liquor brands, their mixologists, and demo times listed below!

Mixologist: JoAn Cook
Demonstration time: 12:05 p.m.

Mixologist: Azure Cassidy
Sea Level NC
Demonstration Time: 12:35 p.m.

Mixologist: Micah Yarborough
Demonstration time: 1:05 p.m.

Mixologist: Kel Minton
The Punch Room
Demonstration time: 1:35p.m.


Mixologist: Justin Hazelton
Lorem Ipsum
Demonstration time: 2:20 p.m.

Mixologist: Ashley Sarkis
Demonstration time: 3:05 p.m.

Artisan Market Vendors

We are proudly a part
of Charlotte SHOUT!


Thank you to our sponsors for helping make this event a reality.

Food Pillar Sponsor
Compass Group logo
Supporting Sponsors
Simply Delicious Travel