A7307920-large.jpgZONE 8 

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Zone 8 is the place to fall in love with your new favorite local restaurants and rediscover local culinary treasures you thought you already knew. Located just across the street from Charlotte’s culinary cathedral, Johnson & Wales University, Gateway Village in Zone 8 is the site of the ticketed Charlotte StrEATs Tasting Tour on Saturday, April 13 and the free StrEATsFestival Sunday, April 14.  
StrEATs closes SHOUT! with two days of delectable food, cooking competitions and demonstrations from local chefs and this year’s celebrity guest, Chef Aarón Sánchez of Food Network fame. 



Zone 8 is the food center of SHOUT!, serving up the talents and expertise of local chefs and students. Here is what to expect.  


On Wednesday, April 3 from 6pm to 9pm, this immersive food and wine pairing event will highlight North Carolina’s unique wine regions and cuisine. Sample everything from barbecue to fish camp fare and be joined by Charlotte sommeliers. End the night with live music from Troy Conn. This event is 21+ Purchase tickets here.  


On Saturday, April 13 starting at 11am, travel from neighborhood to neighborhood without leaving Uptown by experiencing local chefs cooking and cocktail demonstrations with sample menu items from your favorite restaurants. Tickets are all-inclusive of food and drink. Event is 21+ Purchase tickets here. 


On Sunday, April 14 starting at 12pm, join local chefs and restaurants as they demonstrate their skills in the kitchen and bar while watching Neighborhood restaurants clash in a Cook-Off. Free event. 


Find a full schedule of SHOUT! events here. [PRO TIP: Make sure to select the activity category and venue.] 




Here are some places in Zone 8 you can enjoy during SHOUT! … and anytime you’re Uptown. 


  • The Wind Sculpture by Jack Pentes  

This legendary work of Uptown public art was relocated to the Zone 8 area a few years ago. This year, it was refurbished by the Arts & Science Council who commissioned six local artists to create new spinning discs on the sculpture. These discs represent the communities in each City of Charlotte district.  

  • Historic Elmwood-Pinewood Cemetery 

Visitors are invited to respectfully stroll one of Charlotte’s oldest cemeteries, just a few blocks away from Gateway village. Along with Settlers and Pinewood cemeteries, Elmwood is a significant location in Charlotte history.  


  • Crave Dessert Bar 
    A local restaurant, bar and hookah lounge located a few blocks from Johnson & Wales is this perfect location for drinks, date-night or a nice dinner with friends.  




Located right past the Gateway Village, Zone 8 has ample opportunities for parking and access via light rail.  

  • For parking, we recommend several lots and parking decks that are available in the surrounding area including the DoubleTree by Hilton, Cedar Street Parking, 727 W 4TH St Parking and JWU Lot B. More info here. 

  • Zone 8 is accessible by the Gold Line light rail line. Get off at the Johnson & Wales stop and you’ll be right where you need to be to enjoy Zone 8. LYNX schedule here.