The Big Sip Beverage Festival Returns with the Distillers Association of NC!

The Big Sip Beverage Festival and Chili/Stew Cook Off

Returns with the Distillers Association of NC!

November 11th, 2018 (1-6p)

by Timothy G Beeman II
You heard that right, folks! On Sunday, November 11, “The Big Sip,” the fantastic North Carolina beverage showcase, is back again. This past February’s event sold out, that is 1500 tickets, in just 45 minutes. This November’s ticket count will cap at 2000. And, of course, that means you must get your tickets early.
This month, The Big Sip is teaming up with the Distillers Association of North Carolina (DANC) to bring you the 2018 Spirits of NC Beverage Festival on Sunday, November 11, from 1:00pm-6:00pm at the Millennium Center in downtown Winston-Salem.
The Spirits of NC Beverage Festival promotes all kinds of beverages, with an emphasis on North Carolina craft spirits, beer, wine, and coffee. So, if you are not an imbiber of alcoholic beverages, there will also be North Carolina-based coffees, soft drinks, and other non-alcoholic offerings. Proceeds from this event will go to support DANC and the Winston Salem Jaycees.
The money raised will help pay for the DANC’s day to day operations, and to help them retain lobbyists who will work to improve mixed beverage and ABC regulations to benefit the distilleries as well as the restaurant and bar industry and patrons like you and me, here in North Carolina.
In addition to offering spirits, beer, wine, and coffee from local distilleries, breweries, and vendors, this year’s festival will feature live music, DJs, food, and a silent auction.
As an added attraction, local restaurants will be competing for the title of the Best Chili and Stew. That means popular restaurants like Angela’s Ale House, Bib’s Downtown, Jeffrey Adams, Crafted, Emma Key’s, Hutch & Harris, Café Pasta, Cooper’s Ale House, Trade Street Diner, Local 27101, Tanglewood Pizza Company, and probably a few more, will be competing for your votes (and your palate).
A cocktail competition will take place featuring some of the best local bartenders or mixologists and patrons will get to sample and vote on their favorite. It would be a good guess to say that the ingredients will prominently feature North Carolina-based spirits.
And, with the success of February’s event, The Big Sip has expanded its floorplan to include two floors of the Millennium Center to accommodate even more patrons and fans of North Carolina libations.
General admission is $30 in advance, or $40 at the door. VIP Tickets are $50, and they include early admission and first guaranteed chance to sample beverages and food. To purchase advance tickets or for more info on the event, visit
The festival is presented by the DANC and is a production of Piedmont Local and Our Local Media.
Also, in “The Big” family. “The Big Eat” will run for six weeks, every Tuesday, from January 8 through February 12, 2019. The Big Eat is an annual event that highlights cuisine from local restaurants in Winston-Salem and Greensboro and offers a signature dish for up to 50% off which gives diners the opportunity to try restaurants and cuisine they may not have thought of or had the chance to sample. There will be more details as the time arrives.
Additionally, The Big Sip Mac and Cheese Cook Off and Beverage Festival will be on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at the Millennium Center. The Big Eat and Big Sip festivals are always looking for sponsors and participants. For more information about these festivals or to purchase your tickets for the upcoming The Big Sip on November 11, visit