Wingin’ it: Get ready for a finger-licking good time at the first annual Wings and Strings Festival, a two-day affair in Maggie Valley, the weekend of August 6-7. Two stages will feature bunches of bands, but the real highlight may be the WNC Buffalo Chicken Wing Cook Off — the winner will go to the National Buffalo Wing Contest in Buffalo, N.Y. Tickets, which cost $8 per day ($5 for seniors) or $9 for a two-day pass, will be available at the gate of the event venue, the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds. For directions and further information, visit www.maggievalleyfestivals.com/wsf or call 627-1461.
Cooking class: Blue Ridge Food Ventures at A-B Tech’s Enka campus will hold unique cooking classes on three Saturdays this month, August 13, 20 and 21. The first covers “An Authentic Indian Meal,” the second focuses on “Chilled Soups,” and the third will explore “Summer Salads and Sides.” The classes, which are taught by BRFV’s expert staff, cost between $30 and $45 per session, and make use of a state-of-the-art, 11,000 square-foot commercial kitchen. For more information and to register, call 665-9464.
Through the grapevine: Bryan del Bondio, president of Markham Vineyards in Napa Valley, is dropping by The Wine Guy at 655 Merrimon Avenue. He’ll be on hand Saturday, Aug. 13, to answer questions and pour samples of his award-winning wines. And although Wine Spectator magazine already touts several of Markham Vineyards’ products as smart buys, The Wine Guy will offer special prices on these wines for this free event, to be held from 4 to 6 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 13. Call 254-6500, or visit www.theashevillewineguy.com.