Blog » Fall Foodie Fun: This weekend in the Triangle
My favorite thing about fall in North Carolina? The numerous festivals and fairs featuring fresh local food. Grab those calendars now — here are three favorite events taking place this weekend!
1. Chapel Hill Creamery Farm Tour, Saturday the 13th
Come join us at Chapel Hill Creamery to see how we turn soil, sunlight and grass into milk and our delicious farmhouse cheeses. Activities include: hayride, ox team demo visit our dairy, see recently-born calves, watch pigs slurp whey, and stroll by lush pastures. Sample our artisan cheeses and sausages, and bring a cooler for purchases!
Tickets: $6 per car (cash only)
Where: 615 Chapel Hill Creamery Rd, Chapel Hill; 3-5 p.m.
Details: www.facebook.com/chapelhillcreamery or (919) 967-3757
This tour is offered in association with The Produce Box. To learn more, visit www.theproducebox.com.
2. Hook + Vine: N.C. Seafood and Wine Festival, Sunday the 14th
Fresh North Carolina seafood and a glass of fine wine can help brighten up a fall day on their own, but when paired, create an exciting combination. Dock to Door Seafood and The Wine Feed are teaming up to host a family-friendly seafood and wine festival — Hook + Vine — on Sun., Oct. 14 at 4 p.m., uniting unite foodies and wine connoisseurs alike. Taking place at The Wine Feed’s Downtown Raleigh event space and parking lot at 18 Glenwood Ave., the indoor/outdoor festival will celebrate North Carolina-prepared seafood and outstanding complementary wines. Several of Raleigh’s well-known restaurants and catering companies, including Mandolin, PoshNosh, Battistella's and Sarah Cecilia Good Food Co., will present attendees with five tastes of North Carolina seafood. Dishes will highlight a variety of flavors and options ranging from wild, sustainable ocean species like sheepshead and grunts (gray snapper) to classics such as shrimp and flounder. Each seafood taste will be paired with a thoughtful pour from The Wine Feed’s extensive offerings. Interested attendees can purchase tickets online or by phone at (919) 374-0036. For the latest event updates and additions, join the Facebook event group and invite your community.
Where: 18 Glenwood Avenue, Suite B, Raleigh, NC 27603
Tickets: $30 for a single ticket, or $25 each for two or more
For more information on The Wine Feed, visit www.TheWineFeed.com and experience the recently enhanced e-commerce platform’s new Wine Finder tool designed to help users easily select the perfect wine for any occasion.
3. 5th Annual Pittsboro Pepper Festival, Sunday the 14th
Briar Chapel by Newland Communities, the area’s largest green community, will host the 5th Annual Pittsboro Pepper Festival on Oct. 14, celebrating food and drinks made from the Piedmont region’s sustainable farmers, chefs, brewers and food artisans. The Pepper Festival’s roots were planted in 2008 when a few friends hosted a tasting of one local farmer’s peppers. Now the food festival consists of dozens of local vendors, chefs, beers (including a pepper beer), several area farmers and live music, with all proceeds benefiting The Abundance Foundation, an organization dedicated to increasing public awareness of sustainable energy usage and local food consumption.
“We’re excited to partner with Briar Chapel again to showcase what makes this region such a great place to live,” said Tami Schwerin, executive director, The Abundance Foundation. “Whether you’re into pepper tasting, microbrews or the local music scene, we hope you’ll come out to enjoy the entertainment and signature appetizer tastings prepared by local chefs.”
Hosted at the Briar Chapel Community Park, the Pepper Festival is the only of its kind in the state. Participating vendors for 2012 include 30 area chefs, microbreweries and wineries, in addition to music by Diali Cissokho and Kaira Ba, Justin Johnson and The Free States. Children will also have the chance to enjoy kid-friendly activities on-site including performances by Vegetable Circus.
“We’re honored to work with The Abundance Foundation on this project,” said Kristen Gucwa, regional marketing manager, Newland Communities. “The organization’s mission to educate and empower the public on issues such as sustainable agriculture, renewable energy and the local economy aligns so closely with what we do here at Briar Chapel. We hope that attendees will take time to explore and see how we’re making changes in our own community while having a great time.”
In addition to the festivities, visitors will have the opportunity to explore Briar Chapel model homes, including those entered in the 2012 Parade of Homes hosted by the Home Owners Association of Durham, Orange and Chatham Counties. Homes from builders Saussy Burbank, David Weekley and Homes by Dickerson will be open to the public Sept. 29-30, October 5-7 and October 12-14, from 12 to 5 p.m.
Pepper Festival tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. For more information, visit http://www.theabundancefoundation.org. Information about the 2012 Parade of Homes can be found at http://www.hbadoc.com.