Each week, The Social Eater picks a handful of filter-friendly, tweetable, social media-shareable foodie events in and around the city. No #struggleplates allowed.
• Cupcrazed Cakery's Heather McDonnell will compete on tonight's season premiere of the Food Network's Rewrapped, hosted by NSync's Joey Fatone. While Fatone probably won't be busting any boy-band moves, we will see McDonnell participating in a "Hostess Ho Ho Hoedown." (Their words, not mine.) Fingers are crossed she brings home another win, as last year, she won an episode of Cupcake Wars. Check out the viewing party tonight at Queen City Q. Because who doesn't love watching food competitions? #allsfairinloveanddesserts Sept. 8, 7 p.m. Queen City Q, 225 E. 6th St.
• If you've never been to the EpiCentre during the daytime (yes, I know some of you haven't), check out the 5th annual Sip & Stroll. My own wine glass collection has grown considerably from events like these that offer souvenir glasses and samplings of a variety of wines. There'll also be food samplings, art and entertainment. #daydrinkingrules $25-$40. Sept. 12, 7 p.m.-10 p.m.; Sept. 13, 2 p.m.-8 p.m. EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St. Purchase tickets here.
• One of our favorite places in Uptown is 7th Street Public Market — there are just so many authentic options for food and drinks. That indoor marketplace gets even more cooler this Friday when Tank's Tap hosts its grand opening. If you've ever wanted to support local beer but didn't know where to start, here ya go. They'll have 12 local beers on tap and 48 North Carolina beers in the cooler. Representatives from NoDa, Birdsong, Triple C, Lenny Boy and Olde Mecklenburg will be hanging out to talk all things beer. #alltankedup Sept. 12, 4 p.m.- 8 p.m. 7th Street Public Market, 224 E. 7th St.
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• As a person who works with words, you know what I love about craft beer? (Aside from the fact that it numbs the pain of a stressful week.) The creativity that goes into some of their names. The D9 Brewing website lists a Hakuna Matata IPA in the works — I want that beer. Anyway, to celebrate the opening of its 5,000-square-foot space, D9 Brewing Company is having an all-day grand opening shindig on Saturday, where, of course, beer will be a-flowing. Food is courtesy of food trucks Imperial Sandwich Company, Hot Box, OooWee BBQ and MasterBacon. #d9issofine Entrance to the festival is free, but beer tokens are $16 for four-packs. Sept. 13, 2 p.m.-midnight. 11138 Treynorth Drive, Cornelius RSVP here or here. For more info, click here.
• Although this event takes place next Monday, the Eventbrite page lists only 11 tickets left. The Daily Press, the new craft coffee shop that's taken over Evening Muse during daylight hours, is hosting Retro Nasal, its first community education class. This interactive workshop will be led by BUNN Coffee's Rusty Angell, who'll show attendees how to hone in on how to get the most out of the things they put in their mouth. #openwide $25. Sept. 15, 11:30 a.m-1 p.m. The Daily Press, 3227 N. Davidson St. To purchase tickets, visit here.