Once again I had the opportunity to talk about several of the upcoming food events around the Triangle on My Carolina Today. You can tune in the first Tuesday of every month for an updated list of events, or learn about local food products. Here is what we discussed today.
If you missed the episode this morning, the link is below.
Straw Valley Café Beer Garden Grand Opening, September 5 & 6, 5:30pm
The Beer Garden will open this coming Friday and Saturday to the public with a soft opening. They will have light snacks and 8 drafts to start. The menu and beer selection will continue to evolve over the next few months. The Beer Garden will have casual waiter service and a full bar in addition to the beer. The doors will open at 5:30pm.
Where: 5420 Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard
Durham, NC, 27707
Little Hen Restaurant Western Wake Farmers’ Market dinner, September 8, 4pm
Little Hen will be hosting the market, it’s vendors and customers. The menu will feature several of WWFM’s vendors (Crude Bitters & Sodas, In Good Heart Farm, Muddy Dog Roasting Company, The Hillsborough Cheese Company, Piemonte Farm, Locals Seafood), some of whom will also have products on hand for sale. There will be face painting and balloon animals. This event is open to the public – for those of you who do not yet frequent WWFM, please stop in for a drink/dinner and learn more about one of the area’s best farmers market! Bar opens at 4pm, dinner starts at 5pm.
Where: Shoppes at Woodcreek, 5160 Sunset Lake Rd. Apex, NC, 27539
Hoedown at Raleigh City Farm, September 11, 7-10pm
Raleigh City Farm’s 1st Farm-Show coinciding with Farm Aid 2014, a national celebration of farms and good food right here in Raleigh. Join the party to celebrate with local farms, food, music and drinks!
Get your bellies ready for some Gumbo. On hand will be Firsthand Foods and Locals Seafood as well as three of the best chefs in Raleigh from The Fiction Kitchen, Gravy and 18 Seaboard, all committed to supporting local farms, and serving up three uniquely Local Gumbos.
Where: 800 N. Blount St. Raleigh
The Edible South Book Launch with Marci Cohen, September 18, 6:30pm
Celebrate the publication of Marcie Ferris’ landmark book, The Edible South while enjoying some wine and passed light hors d’oeuvres.
“In The Edible South, Marcie Cohen Ferris presents food as a new way to chronicle the American South’s larger history. Ferris tells a richly illustrated story of southern food and the struggles of whites, blacks, Native Americans, and other people of the region to control the nourishment of their bodies and minds, livelihoods, lands, and citizenship. The experience of food serves as an evocative lens onto colonial settlements and antebellum plantations, New South cities and Civil Rights-era lunch counters, chronic hunger and agricultural reform, counterculture communes and iconic restaurants as Ferris reveals how food–as cuisine and as commodity–has expressed and shaped southern identity to the present day.”
Marcie Cohen Ferris, associate professor of American studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is the author of Matzoh Ball Gumbo: Culinary Tales of the Jewish South.
Can’t make it? Get your copy here!
Where: The Garden Terrace at Fearrington Village, Pittsboro
4th Annual Apex Jazz and Music Festival, September 20th, 3:30 pm – 11:00 pm BEER & WINE GARDEN – MAIN STAGE & 6:00 pm – 1:00 am PUB VENUES
Great line-up of Jazz artists, food trucks, restaurants and wine and beer garden.
“As the only adult-focused fall music festival in the North Carolina Triangle area, this extremely popular pub-crawl experience is expected to draw over 10,000 music fans to Downtown Apex.
Festival wristbands (tickets) are $10, and include entry to all the venues for the entire event.
Where: Downtown Apex
Beericana Craft Beer and Music Festival, September 27, 12-6pm (VIP), 1:30-6pm (GA)
Come sample beer from 50 plus great local brewers as well as brewers from across the state and beyond
Enjoy performances by The Honeycutters and othe NC Bluegrass bands throughout the day.
Enjoy food from some of the areas best food trucks including Kokyu Bbq, Baguettaboutit, Dump Pho King Truck and more
Where: Sugg Farm Park in Holly Springs
Raleigh City Farm’s Annual Harvest Dinner, October 5, 6pm
Standard Foods is collaborating with Raleigh City Farm to host their second Annual Harvest Dinner at 6pm on October 5th, 2014. “It’s an honor to raise awareness and funds for our neighboring urban farm, Raleigh City Farm, so that it can grow into its full potential in serving this community,” explained John Holmes, who will open Standard Foods this winter with Chef Scott Crawford, and who is also responsible for revitalizing Person Street Plaza. “We’re especially proud of what we’ve accomplished, growing into a unique model of community-supported urban farming,” explained Christopher Rumbley, CEO of Raleigh City Farm. “The support of Raleigh’s extraordinary culinary community has been crucial and Standard Foods, opening directly beside the farm, has the potential to take it up another notch for all of us.” Raleigh City Farm is located at Person Street Plaza at 800 North Blount Street.
John Holmes & Scott Crawford in Raleigh City Farm
Together, Standard Foods and Raleigh City Farm invite guests to join them Sunday, October 5th for an all- vegetable family-style feast on the farm. Just as at Standard Foods, Chef Scott Crawford will let Raleigh City Farm’s fall harvest dictate the menu. Crawford will prepare a diverse selection of fall vegetables – raw, pickled, smoked, braised, and in desserts. This seated, multi-course, family-style dinner, will be paired with wines from neighboring wine retailer, Wine Authorities, who has developed a national reputation for their commitment to small estate, “farmer-grown” wines. For guests seeking a more intimate experience with the farm, they may attend at 5pm for a special program including wine cocktails and snacks, an opportunity to meet Chef Scott Crawford and learn about Standard Foods, and enjoy informative farmer- guided tours, prior to the dinner at 6pm, for $200. Tickets for the farm dinner beginning at 6pm are $125. During the dinner, RCF will host a brief auction, including experiences such as a dinner prepared by Chef Crawford in his home, and a wine tasting for 10. All tickets can be purchased through http://www.raleighcityfarm.com in early September.
Terra Vita Food & Drink Festival, October 9 – 11
This is the must attend food event of the year and already tickets have sold out for some of the events leading up to the Grand Tasting on the Green. Best to get your tickets ASAP.
TerraVita tops off the weekend with the Grand Tasting on the Green. The Grand Tasting offers edibles from more than 45 exceptional chefs & artisans from across the state and features more than 100 sustainably-produced beverages from around the globe, including organic coffee, biodynamic, organically-grown and natural wines, local microbrews and spirits. Guests also will enjoy cookbook signings and intimate interaction with chefs, artisans and beverage producers from the coast to the mountains of North Carolina.
Where: The Green at Southern Village, 400 Market St. Chapel Hill, NC 27516
World Beer Festival Durham, October 11, 12-4pm & 6-10pm
The festival is put on by All About Beer Magazine and is a beer lovers heaven. General admission tickets are $55 and include a tasting glass to sample from over 200 regional, national and international beers. VIP tickets are $70 and is located in a private hospitality area with air conditioning and real bathrooms!
General admission and VIP ticket holders also have access into the Art of Beer Experience for beer ingredient samplings, food and pairings, educational seminars, a mini commercial brewery and more!
Where: Durham Bulls Athletic Park, Durham, NC
2nd Annual Bull City Race Fest and Food Truck Rodeo, Sunday, October 19th,
This festival has something for the fastest runners and families alike. Choose from half-marathon, five-mile and one-mile distances and enjoy a fall morning of running and post-race food. The Bull City Race Fest is the culmination of a world-class running experience and a world-class eating experience, all in a world-class city. All races start next to the American Tobacco Campus with a post-race festival on the lawn at the Durham Performing Arts Center. There will be food trucks, a beer garden, a kids’ zone and entertainment.
Habitat for Humanity of Durham is the Official Charitable Beneficiary of this landmark running and food event.
Note: Be sure to check out the website for street closures
Where: Downtown Durham, American Tobacco Campus & Durham Performing Arts Center lawn.
Cooking Classes Around the Triangle
There are always an infinite number of cooking classes throughout the Triangle area. These are great fun and the perfect way to learn how to prepare something new, meet new friends, and taste delicious food.
Look for classes at these locations:
A Southern Season: http://www.southernseason.com/our-stores/chapel-hill/
Durham Cookery: http://www.durhamcookery.com/
Durham Spirits Company: http://www.durhamspiritscompany.com
La Farm Bakery: http://www.lafarmbakery.com/custom.aspx?id=3
Sage and Swift: http://www.sageandswift.com/
Savory Spice Shop: http://www.savoryspiceshop.com/north-carolina/raleigh-lafayette-village.html
Sur La Table: http://www.surlatable.com