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9 Foodie Events Not to Miss This Fall

From food festivals to fundraisers, we've compiled a list of must-dos for locavores of all ages

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Premiering this October at Durham Performing Arts Center, Sip + Savor brings together the producers of two of the Triangle’s largest food fests – TASTE the Event and the Bull City Food & Beer Experience.

Sip + Savor

OCT. 15, VIP EXPERIENCE, 3:30 P.M.;
GENERAL ADMISSION, 4 P.M.

This wine and food experience takes over Durham Performing Arts Center’s three floors with North Carolina’s finest restaurants and culinary talents like Jujube’s Charlie Deal, Crossroads Chapel Hill’s Brandon Sharp and Acme’s Kevin Callaghan. Become a connoisseur with the help of sommeliers, sample wine from around the globe and learn why a certain wine pairs well with a particular dish. A portion of the proceeds go to nonprofit Keep Durham Beautiful. Tickets: $75-125.


Hillsborough Hog Day

SEPT. 15-16

Don’t miss this two-day festival in its 35th year hosted at Hillsborough’s River Park, including live music, handmade jewelry, contests, games and – of course – barbecue. Free admission


Curds & Crafts Festival

SEPT. 17, 1 P.M. & 4 P.M.

Expect all-you-can-eat artisanal cheese paired with the perfect craft beer at Weaver Street Market’s third annual festival at The Cloth Mill at Eno River celebrating southern cheesemakers, North Carolina craft brewers and Pittsboro’s Rural Advancement Foundation International – proceeds from ticket sales benefit that organization. Tickets: $35.


Porkapalooza 

SEPT. 22, 6:30 P.M.

Celebrate all things pork at The Root Cellar’s 6th annual event. From country-fried to country ham and everything in between, this evening will be sure to invigorate your taste buds. Tickets: $50-$55.


Pepperfest

SEPT. 24, 3 P.M.

Support local farmers at Abundance NC’s 10th annual Pepperfest at The Great Meadow Park at Briar Chapel. Sample a wide variety of pepper-centric dishes and beverages, celebrating the beauty of peppers in their red, yellow and green glory. Tickets: $30; children ages 7-12: $5; children 6 and under: free.


From Seed to Table

OCT. 1, 2 P.M.

North Carolina Botanical Garden plays host to Crook’s Corner chef Bill Smith and gardener Betsey Elliot as they walk you through heirloom seed selection, the growing process and how Bill utilizes these vegetables on Crook’s menu. Cooking demonstrations and a tasting are included. Tickets: $20-$22.


TABLE’s Empty Bowls

OCT. 15, 3:30 P.M.

TABLE, a nonprofit organization dedicated to feeding local hungry kids, hosts its annual fundraising dinner again this year at Carrboro’s Weaver Street Market, featuring live music and a hearty meal of soup, bread and dessert. Guests who purchase a $30 ticket will also take home a locally made pottery bowl. Tickets: $15-$50.


TerraVita’s Grand Tasting on the Green

OCT. 21, 1 P.M.

Featuring more than 40 chefs and artisans from across the state and over 80 sustainably produced beverages, this event at The Village Green at Southern Village closes out TerraVita Food & Drink Festival for the eighth year in a row. Tickets: $65-80.


A Tasteful Affair

NOV. 5, 5 P.M.

The 27th annual A Tasteful Affair will be held at The Blue Zone at Kenan Stadium. Enjoy bites and sips from 26 of the Triangle’s best restaurants and bid at the silent auction, all to benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill. Tickets: $50-100.


Bonus Event – Salt & Smoke

NOV. 4, 3 P.M.
 
Chef Kevin Callaghan and his team from Acme host a festival of real Southern food, beer and music. Now in its fifth year, Salt and Smoke embodies the perfect autumn day in the South with bluegrass, whole hog barbecue, oysters on the half shell and local drinks – so many rich traditions rolled into one singular and spectacular celebration at Rock Quarry Farm. Tickets: $60-85; children ages 6-12: $20; children 5 and under: free.

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