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PepperFest is our featured event of August, and with good reason. This annual festival comes together to celebrate North Carolina peppers as prepared by over 40 local chefs, artisan food makers, and brewers/distillers. There are over 50 booths, each one using peppers in an unique and creative way.
The festival won’t only feature local peppers, it’ll also have local bands performing and fun activities for kids, including a cooking contest, face painting, and giant bubbles! You can read more in our article about the event here.
The Glass Jug is turning three, and while its new space and brewery will not quite be ready, they’re still going to celebrate by throwing an Oktoberfest-themed party and tapping a bunch of delicious beers and some collaborations they’ve done with a few favorite local breweries. The parking lot will roped off and filling with music, food trucks/vendors, and of course, plenty of beer. You will be able to purchase beer tickets from the bar inside or from a cash-only table outside (One ticket = half pour; two tickets = full pour. Tickets are $3.00 each.)
The March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction is a high profile cocktail gala that pays tribute to the culinary excellence of prominent local chefs who donate their time and talent to create a food experience beyond any available at a single location. Each tasting is thoughtfully created to tantalize the palette of even the savviest “foodie” and highlight the chef’s unique and exceptional talents. Amidst a lively party atmosphere guests will enjoy exquisite cuisine and auction packages. This Benefit for Babies raises funds for the campaign to end prematurity and infant mortality.
Celebrate local food with samples from Durham and Chapel Hill-based chefs, paired with wines from around the world. This intimate event will allow attendants to experience and learn more about the local culinary scene while also learning about international wines. Food will be sampled from Scott Howell of Nana’s, Michael Lee of M Sushi, Bill Smith of Crooks Corner, Eric Montagne if Standard Foods, Charlie Deal of JuJube, Brandon Sharp of Carolina Crossroads at the Carolina Inn, Aaron Benjamin of Gocciolina, Jim Wald of Glasshalfull, Tim Lyons of Blu Seafood and Kevin Callaghan of ACME.
The event will also raise money for Keep Durham Beautiful, a volunteer organization working with the City of Durham’s General Services Department and the County of Durham to bring private businesses, citizens and community organizations together to conserve and enhance the appearance and environment of Durham.
Tickets will be available for sale on June 16 at 11 a.m. on DPACnc.com or Ticketmaster.com.
TerraVita has grown from one tasting event into a four-day festival led by James Beard Foundation-nominated chefs, nationally-acclaimed cookbook authors, award-winning journalists and food artisans, winemakers, baristas, craft brewers and distillers. Several hallmark features of past TerraVita festivals are returning this year. Tickets to this Chapel Hill-based food festival will go on sale in May, 2017.
Durham Spirits Co. is excited to host Chef Elizabeth Heiskell at The Kitchen Specialist for a cooking demonstration and book signing. Chef Heiskell will prepare recipes from her new cookbook, “What Can I Bring?”, tell stories of her Southern upbringing and show us how easy it is to cook something for every occasion. Chef Heiskell is not only a cookbook author, but also a feature writer for Southern Living magazine and a regular on the Today Show. The Regulator Bookstore will also be there selling copies of her book to be signed. This event is $20 and requires preregistration. Chef Heiskell will be preparing heavy appetizers that will be served.
The Food Truck Rodeo at Durham Central Park is an all-ages, family-friendly afternoon gathering of 50+ of the Triangle’s most popular food trucks! The event is free to attend. You simply pay for what you decide to eat from the trucks’ menus. Locally-brewed beer and bands are always on hand. Events are rain or shine. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair and enjoy a Durham afternoon with friends and family.