{Localista Picks} Sept 25 – Oct 1

It’s that time again! Time for this week’s “Localista Picks” for your Eat~Play~Shop local consideration. Each week I highlight a few area activities and local businesses you might want to consider fitting into your very busy agenda. So, without further ado, here are the Localista Picks for Wednesday, Sept. 25th –  Tuesday, Oct 1st:

Eat Local

This week’s {Eat Local} picks feature farmers markets and all the good food they “enable” us to consume. This Thursday evening (Sept. 26, 6:15 pm) is the Second Annual Carrboro Farmers Market Harvest Fundraiser. Dine under the stars at this event (in partnership with TerraVITA Food and Wine Festival) where chefs, market farmers and artisans, and community members come together for a locally-sourced dinner at Town Commons. The dinner will feature potluck-style dishes from the Triangle’s finest chefs including Andrea Reusing of Lantern, Adam Rose of Il Palio, Sean Fowler of Mandolin, Kevin Callaghan of ACME, Marshall Smith of Glasshalfull, and more. Tickets are available via this link. {UPDATE} Oops, this event has sold out. But I have a back up plan! Same location but on Friday, Sept 27th beginning at 4 pm stop by the Food Truck Rodeo benefit for Meals on Wheels of Chapel Hill-Carrboro. Enjoy food from Baguettaboutit, Captain Poncho’s Tacos, Mama Dukes, Olde North State BBQ, Only Burger, Parlez-Vous Crepe, Pie Pushers, Sympathy for the Deli, and Tar Heel Creamery. Steel String Brewery will also be there selling BEER! 10% of food truck proceeds will be donated to Chapel Hill-Carrboro Meals on Wheels to help feed our homebound neighbors.

Saturday, Sept. 28th, the Midtown Farmers Market (in North Hills) is hosting their own version of an Iron Chef Challenge. Executive chefs from five North Hills restaurants will compete on The Commons at North Hills between 9 am and 11:30 am. Once the “secret ingredients” are announced, the competing chefs will have 20 minutes to shop the market for additional ingredients/supplies. Two signature courses will need to be ready for professional judging at 10:30 am in categories including Best Presentation and Best Overall. The second course will be judged by 25 lucky market patrons as the People’s Choice.

You probably know that Durham Farmers Market is held under/around the pavilion at Durham Central Park. But did you know the annual dining series, Meals from the Market, is Durham Central Park, Inc’s biggest fundraiser event. This time each year DCP enthusiasts host unique and eclectic events at their homes or other venues. This Sunday there are two opportunities for fun and food, Ole School Line (dance) and Dine Afternoon and Trucks from the Market (a very special food truck rodeo just for ticket holders). Not too late to get tickets for these events (or others in the series). 

Play Local

If you thought last weekend was big for local music festivals, well this week’s even bigger. Another of Innovate Raleigh’s “MAIN” events takes stages all around downtown as Wide Open Bluegrass comes to town. A huge event in two parts, part one takes the main stage in the Raleigh Convention Center and Red Hat Amphitheater with a line up that includes Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers (and many more). The other half of Wide Open Bluegrass is a FREE street festival noon until 11:00 PM Friday and Saturday. Oh, and those parts don’t include the North Carolina Whole Hog Barbecue State Championship!

Meanwhile on the other edge of the Triangle, Carrboro’s day long, free festival takes the stage Sunday featuring over 180 performing acts at 25 venues in downtown. You’ll hear Bluegrass, Folk, Jazz, Country, Rock & Roll, Classical, and World Music all in the space of a few blocks during Carrboro Music Festival. This is Carrboro’s annual music fest showcasing Triangle area performers and the varied musical styles available to us lucky listeners. Oh, and did we mention it’s FREE?!

Head to Hillsborough on Saturday for Fresh Roots Festival in historic downtown. This year’s fall festival features live music by yepROC Records artists, a beer garden hosted by Mystery Brewing, fun activities at Eno River Farmers Market, arts activities (sidewalk chalk painting anyone?) and food trucks. Join in the celebration of all things fabulous and fresh in Hillsborough.

Shop Local

Does the Autumn weather make you want to jump on your bike and hit the roads, trails and byways? With the ATT bridge over I-40 nearing completion (hopefully next month, fingers & toes crossed!), there’s going to be a nice loooong stretch of trail from downtown Durham to Chatham county calling your name (I can hear it now I think). Why not stop in Durham Cycles on 9th Street to check out a new ride for the Fall. 

Durham Cycles on NInth Street


This Wednesday (Sept. 25th, 6 – 8:30 pm) join Taylor’s Wine Shop in North Raleigh for an Oktoberfest Parking Lot Party (last one this year!). The event will feature Duck-Rabbit Brewery (out of Farmville, NC) and their 2013 Oktoberfest/Marzen brew, as well as a wine tasting with Eric Solomon Imports and Porchetta Food Truck. Bring your lawn chairs and take a seat to soak up all that is Taylor’s.

Speaking of October and festing in September, have you paid a visit to Chapel Hill’s Beer Study? There are certain to be beverages that just scream “It’s Fall – Drink me!” and you probably have a space in your fridge that could hold a few extra bottles. Read this blog post about Beer Study from Triangle Explorer and you’ll be prepped to study the beer lined shelves within.


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