Taste of Charlotte this weekend expected to draw thousands

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - "Taste of Charlotte" opens tFriday night featuring some of the best food the city has to offer.

If you're a foodie, today is your day.

The annual "Taste of Charlotte" returns to the Queen City as some of the areas best restaurants offer selections sure to tempt the palate.

Tryon Street between Sixth and MLK Boulevard will be shut down to allow for the thousands who are expected to attend the three-day celebration of everything edible.

The event opens Friday at 11:00am and runs through Sunday at 6pm.

The delicacies will be almost endless, with 30 restaurants offering everything from Thai food to pizza.

Restaurants like Mert's, Bravo and Tony Roma's will all be there to hand out samples to hungry festival goers.

It's not just about impressing the public, the businesses will all be involved in a food competition, to see who takes top honors.

WBTV's Paul Cameron will be on hand to host the food-fight.

There will also be live bands playing throughout the weekend to add to the atmosphere.

While the Taste of Charlotte is free to the public, to truly enjoy the festival, it helps to sample from the different restaurants.

You'll need festival coins, sold down at the event. $20 will get you 15 coins, which can be used to get food.

The average plate is between one and three coins.

Parking will be at a premium as well. Officials suggest you get to the festival early, or try to hop the light rail which will take you straight to the event.

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