Economy forces cancelation of Charlotte's culinary weekend

There won't be any giant woks, drummers dressed like chefs or Food Network headliners this September in uptown Charlotte: The Charlotte Shout Culinary Arts Experience is taking the year off, another victim of the tough economy.

Robert Krumbine of Center City Partners broke the news at a board meeting Wednesday afternoon, according to CCP spokesperson Moira Quinn.

“There are many, many reasons,” Quinn said Wednesday morning, confirming reports that changes were planned. “The majority of the reasons being economic conditions – looking for sponsors, finidng sponsors.

“Culinary became so expensive.”

Quinn said, however, that Blues, Brews & Barbecue, another food festival that has became a regular part of the annual September cultural celebration, will return Sept. 11-12 in a new location near The Square on South Tryon Street. They're moving it closer to the future site of Romare Bearden Park, which is expected to become the festival's home in the future.

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