Here we go again – another week of amazing amounts of good food & fun in the Triangle! 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 (they’ll be worth the effort. I promise). So, without further ado…
Eat (and Drink) Local
Tis the weekend before the “main event” and all through Chapel Hill and Carrboro there will be sounds of happy diners enjoying the TerraVITA Small Plate Crawl (Oct 4 – 6). As a way to involve more local restaurants, TerraVITA created the TerraVITA Small Plate Crawl, an opportunity to enjoy a 100% locally sourced small plate or cocktail at one of the 16 participating restaurants. Plot your course and you’ll get a taste of some really awesome local North Carolina food & drink.
Are you interested in cask conditioned brews in a festive, beer hall like atmosphere with the delicious German cuisine? Yup, me too. So you must be going to Casktoberfest 2013 at Big Boss Brewing Co. in Raleigh on Oct 3 (5 – 9 pm) where you’ll find the largest selection of cask ales ever assembled in the state of North Carolina (according to the Big Boss). The list is so large, they had to create a website just to list them all (and you’ll find that list here).
Hey all you pepper fans, Abundance Foundation’s 6th Annual Pepper Fest, a celebration of sustainable agriculture, farmers, renewable energy, and the creativity of the Piedmont’s chefs, brewers and food artisans, takes place on Oct 6 in Briar Chapel (just south of Chapel Hill and north of Pittsboro on 15/501). More than 30 area restaurants and 11 craft beverage makers will be in attendance and you should be too! Advanced tickets are on sale now for $30 (will be $35 day of the event) on the Abundance Foundation website.
Festifall 2013 (Oct 6 from noon to 6 pm) is Chapel Hill’s annual celebration of the arts that transforms Franklin Street into an artist market with live entertainment for all ages. Look for a moveable sculpture from the Ackland Art Museum (and learn how you can help create the piece here). Enjoy live music and dance performances on three stages. Watch a graffiti artist create a mural. Get a head start on that holiday shopping too.
This Friday is going to be yet another fabulous First Friday in downtown Raleigh. If that monthly event alone isn’t enough to get you to go downtown, then there’s the 28th Annual International Festival of Raleigh at the convention center (Oct 4 – 6), a three-day event packed with activities and fun for the whole family. Watch traditional ethnic dances on Main Stage, performed by artists in authentic dress. Taste your way through the Sidewalk Cafes with culinary offerings from around the globe. Stroll through the Cultural Exhibits to learn about the rich history and traditions of many different cultures. Learn about traditional arts, crafts and cooking at the Demonstration Displays. Learn what a rich and diverse community we have, right here in the middle of NC.
Great American Tobacco Duck Race is on at Durham’s American Tobacco Campus this weekend too (Oct 6 at Noon). The little yellow duckies will take over the Ol’ Bull River for the seventh year, benefiting Durham Literacy Center, Marbles Kids Museum and the Museum of Life and Science. There’s a Duck Decorating contest in addition to the race, with prizes for the swiftest ducks and the best decorated.
It’s October (already). Soon enough we’ll be planning holiday dinners and working on those gift lists. OR you could get a jump on all of that and start your “Handmade Holiday” crafting with Ornamentea in Raleigh. This First Friday (Oct 4, 6 – 9 pm) stop by the craftiest shop in downtown and get tips, tools & sign up for classes to make gifts for everyone on your list. In addition to all that craftiness, you can enjoy a wine tasting from Sip … a wine store and food fresh off the D’Burritos food truck. Plus there will be giveaways and drawings (who wants a $25 gift certificate – raise your hand).
When I don’t bake my dog’s treats at home, I pick up a package of Oliver’s Collar treats at Barnes Supply on Ninth Street. They’re the kind of wheat/corn/soy free treats I would make myself. This Friday (Oct 4) the bakery is going boutique and opening a shop in Durham’s Woodcroft Shopping Center. Owners Kahli and Eric Wamback plan to bake treats on site, as well as cookies and cakes for those extra special occasions. In addition, you’ll find accessories like collars, leashes, beds and more. Don’t worry cat owners, you’ll find something purrfect for your feline BFF too. Stop by the new shop and welcome Oliver’s Collar to the neighborhood!
I’m sure you’ve heard of the Ackland Museum (and you’ve been there a few times too). Did you know about the Ackland Museum Store just around the corner? The shop carries products related to the Ackland’s permanent collection and changing exhibitions, and proceeds from the store support the Ackland’s exhibition and education programs. In conjunction with the Ackland Art Museum exhibition “The Sahmat Collective: Art and Activism in India Since 1989”, the shop presents India Bazaar, an Indian market featuring a wide array of beautifully designed and handcrafted products, ranging from colorful textiles and jewelry to handcrafted journals and items for the home. Stop in the shop next time you’re visiting the Ackland and pick up something nice for yourself (and for your museum).