If you live in an apartment in Raleigh, NC resolve to attend the Triangle area food events in 2013. Mark your calendars now! Below is a list of several which are you must try to attend:
The 20th annual Triangle Wine Experience is a three-day affair offering wine dinners at various Triangle restaurants, often with the winemaker in attendance. It culminates with a Saturday night gala featuring wine tastings, food and a live and silent auction. Feb. 7-9.
The seventh annual Empty Bowls fundraiser is a family-friendly food event at the Durham Armory that benefits the community café run by Urban Ministries of Durham. Local chefs make the soup. Local potters provide handcrafted bowls to serve the soup and offer them for sale. The event usually happens in early March.
Durham-based All About Beer magazine puts on the World Beer Festivals in Raleigh and Durham. The festivals are a chance for true beer connoisseurs to taste brews that otherwise are rarely available. With two tastings, true beer geeks know to go to the earlier tasting to make sure nothing has run out yet. The Raleigh event is April 13.
The Farm to Fork Picnic is unlike any other culinary event in the area. It pairs chefs with farmers. Farmers provide the ingredients and chefs craft the dishes. Together they serve the food at an afternoon picnic on an Orange County farm. The event raises money for farmer training programs. It is set for June 9.
Watermelon Day at the State Farmer’s Market in Raleigh is in early August. See melons that tip the scales at 200 pounds or more and enjoy samples.
This will be the 32nd year for the Greek Festival held for three days each September at the N.C. fairgrounds. If you like Greek food, it is not to be missed.
The Pittsboro Pepper Festival is a feast of peppers prepared by local chefs benefiting the Abundance Foundation, a nonprofit that educates the public about sustainability issues. The 6th annual event is usually in mid-October.
At the N.C. State Fair, there are almost too many food traditions to name: N.C. State University ice cream, the House-Autry hush puppies, the Mt. Olive pickles, the mini-donuts, Al’s fries. Then there are the new deep-fried treats that debut each year. This year’s fair will be Oct. 17-27.
Terra Vita Food & Wine Event is a sustainable food event held every fall in Chapel Hill that has expanded from one day to three days. It brings in chefs, artisan food producers and wine, coffee and beer producers from all over the state to serve up their wares for an afternoon of eating and drinking on the lawn at Southern Village.
Slow Food Triangle’s traditional Southern New Year’s Day feast of Hoppin’ John, collards and cornbread. Organizers took a break this year but the event returns in 2014.
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