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…
You’ve certainly heard/read about TerraVITA‘s multi-day event that culminates this Saturday (Oct 12, 1 – 4:30 pm) with the Grand Tasting on The Green in Chapel Hill’s Southern Village. The event offers the opportunity to savor flavors from across North Carolina from more than 30 chefs and food artisans. Of course, you’ll need something to drink with all that wonderful food and you’ll find 100+ options: wine, craft beer, coffee, specialty cocktails, and more. As of right now tickets are still available, but I wouldn’t put off buying your pass to this favorite foodie event for much longer – get ’em now here!
Rebus Works in Raleigh’s Boylan Heights neighborhood is hosting Pop A Top, a special food truck rodeo and beer pairing event, on Saturday afternoon (Oct 12, Noon – 4 pm). Seven food trucks will pair up with seven New Belgium canned beers (and you can see the full list of pairing here). But you know there will be loads of fun activities for everyone, because Rebus Works is hosting and they really know how to throw a party. 😉
If you find yourself in downtown Durham this coming Saturday, stop in Ninth Street Bakery for a vegan South Indian feast (5 – 9 pm). The evening’s menu will include options such as Veggie Pakora with Tamarind Chutney, Sambhar (Lentil and Veggie Soup), Baingan Bharta (Spiced Eggplant and Veggies) with Basmati Rice and Indian Pickles, Naan and Balushahi (Indian Doughnut) for dessert. It all sounds so good, doesn’t it?
Thursday (Oct 10) kicks off the Fall edition of Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival out in Chatham County. Sixty bands will play over four days and on four stages in a verdant landscape. Among the eclectic performers scheduled for this season’s festival are several hometown favorites: Peter Lamb and the Wolves, Mipso, Paperhand Puppet Intervention, The Old Ceremony, Bombadil and Birds & Arrows (just to name a few). But there’s so much more to enjoy – you really need to study the website to plan your full Shakori experience.
Prediction. Friday, Oct 12, 2013 will go down in history as one of the most memorable days for the North Carolina Museum of Art as “Porsche by Design: Seducing Speed” marks the museum’s first design exhibition, exploring the history and development of the Porsche lineage from the 1930s to the present day. The exhibit can only be found in one place in the whole wide world… right here, in Raleigh. To compliment the exhibit, several related events and a “Car Crazy” film series are planned (see the related events here). The exhibit remains open through January 20, 2014.
One of Durham’s favorite fundraising events, Music for Fences in support of the Coalition to Unchain Dogs, is this Saturday, Oct. 12 at Central Park on Foster Street. Doors open at 4:30 pm and don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs and/or blankets so you can enjoy the five performing bands in comfort. And you know there will be good Durham food and drinks too. It’s a win-win for us and for the dogs.
Cookbook fans you don’t want to miss the author event brought to you by Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill Wednesday afternoon (Oct 9), when Joe Yonan (Washington Post Food Editor) signs copies of his latest, “Eat Your Vegetables”. The event will take place next door at Foster’s Market, where samples of recipes from the book will be served.
Fairview Garden Center in Raleigh hosts a Fall After Hours event with blooms, burgers & beer on Friday, Oct. 11, (5:30 – 8:00 pm). Enjoy gourmet burgers from the Only Burger food truck. Satisfy your sweet tooth with cupcake treats from Sweet Stacey Cakes. Sip craft brews from Aviator Brewing Company while enjoying the sounds of the Chapel Hill Uke group and perusing the blooms in the Fairview greenhouse and nursery. Sounds like a great way to wrap up the work week, doesn’t it?
Have you been to Bull City Craft in Durham? The newest member of Sustain-a-Bull carries a wide range of fine art supplies and offers lots of fun classes for kids too, on either a flexible “drop in” basis or through multi-week programs. This week starts Kid Kind Creations, classes incorporating materials from nature and from the home, instilling values of Reducing, Reusing and Recycling, and being kind to the environment. All good fun. Check out their website to see what’s coming up for the busy holiday season ahead.