by Brian Clarey

Big news for pretzel lovers comes this week from venerable pretzel maker Snyder’s of Hanover, which in conjunction with Busch Gardens holds the third annual Pretzel Coaster Build-Off Contest, wherein applicants construct entire roller coasters from — that’s right — hard pretzels. Contest runs until June 3, and details are available at

More locally, Raffaldini Vineyards holds a contest for photos of rescue dogs to grace the label of their Pino Vino III. Send your rescue dog to info@raffaldini. com before April 30.

Johnson’s SOB oyster bar has closed in downtown Greensboro, but Downtown Diamondback sets to open in downtown Winston-Salem, making it a wash. And a new rooftop restaurant planned for the Camel City puts them ahead of the game.

Arby’s has added Angus beef to the menu in a line of premium sandwiches.

On Wednesday, Undercurrent Restaurant holds a Lange Winery wine dinner at 6:30 p.m. Lange, voted Winery of the Year by, will feature prominently in this multi-course meal. Call 336.370.1266 for details.

All weekend long Total Wine & More will be serving wines suitable for St. Patrick’s Day at all three Triad locations.

And Greensboro’s Fresh Market will hold its usual weekend wine tasting and meat and seafood sampling on Saturday and Sunday.

On Saturday, learn how to raise chickens in your yard at Urban Homesteading Workshop: Chicks in the City II, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Learn to design and build chicken coops, meet baby chicks and feed the hens at the Greensboro Childrens Museum’s Edible Schoolyard. Please register by emailing or call Eleanor at 336.574.2898 x317.

Also on Saturday, Whole Foods Market holds its Green Mash Bash with samples of beer, corned beef and other Irish favorites, with a mashed potato eating contest at high noon.

And Finnigan’s Wake holds its annual St. Patrick’s street party all day long on Trade Street, featuring food, drink and music enough for you to fully get your Irish on.