Here we go again – another week of amazing amounts of good food & fun in the Triangle. PLUS the NC State Fair opens this week! Life in the Triangle can’t get much better. 😉
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, here are this week’s “Localista Picks” for your Eat~Play~Shop local consideration.
It’s just not Oktoberfest until the annual Oktoberfest party at J. Betski’s in Raleigh’s Seaboard Station. The party’s on for Oct 20, 3 – 8 pm and includes food, beer, great local bands, and your very own J. Betski’s beer glass to take home as a memento of the special day. What’s on the menu? Well, there are Sour Dough Soft Pretzels, Cheese Spaetzle, Warm Potato Salad, Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage, Cooked Sauerkraut, Smoked Kurobuta Pork Shoulder, J. Betski’s house made Bratwurst and Kielbasa with Spicy and Whole Grain Mustards and Beef Brisket Sliders with Horseradish Applesauce. Reservations are necessary and the $65 per person price includes tax and gratuity. Just hit the link for more information and to purchase tickets in advance.
Meanwhile in Durham, it’s a month of Eggalicious dishes thanks to participating restaurants in conjunction with Bull City Chickens. Eggalicious is a showcase for local culinary creativity and local eggs restaurants (like Bull City Burger & Brewery, Nosh, Hummingbird Bakery, Mateo and many more) feature a local egg dish during October. And it so happens the Third Annual Bull City Coop Tour will take place Saturday, October 19 (10 am – 3 pm), allowing visitors an up-close peek into the living quarters of some of Durham’s feathered residents. Maps for the self-guided tour will be available at the Durham Farmers Market and Bull City Burger and Brewery for a suggested donation of $5.00 per adult or $20.00 per carload (though no donation amount will be turned down).
On Sunday, October 20 (4 – 7 pm), Provence in Carrboro will host TABLE’s First Annual Empty Bowls Event. In exchange for a $30 donation, the fund-raiser will provide guests with a locally crafted pottery bowl (donated by several local artisans) and hearty soup dinner replete with bread, dessert and live entertainment. TABLE is a local nonprofit organization focused exclusively on providing emergency food aid for hungry children in Chapel Hill and Carrboro. To learn more and purchase your advance ticket click here.
Are you a fan of Bollywood films? Then you’re in luck as the Ackland Film Forum explores “The Art of Bollywood” films at The Varsity Theater in junction with the Ackland Art Museum‘s current exhibit The Samat Collective. On Tuesday, Oct 22 at 7 pm watch Geet Gaya Patharon Ne. Future Bollywood films will be shown at The Varsity on October 24 & 29 and you can find more information about those films here.
The annual Cooke Street Carnival (along Cooke Street in Raleigh) takes place Saturday, Oct 19 (1 – 6 pm) and once again solidifies its place in history as a favorite community based event for people of all ages. The neighborhood carnival celebrates local arts, culture and music, with more than 20 Raleigh art vendors, local food trucks, beer vendors and local bands. All that AND a pickle eating contest! Each year the carnival picks a theme – this year it’s a Cookeout. One long community table will stretch down Cooke Street enabling folks to eat some food, listen to music and enjoy a Fall day in the sun with good company. Sounds like a perfect afternoon to me!
Third Friday in Durham (a “must go, do, see!” monthly event, especially if you’ve never experienced it before) on Oct 18 includes many interesting visual treats this month. Want to catch at film? Check out the documentary “Pussy Riot” at FullFrame Theater in the American Tobacco Campus. Interested in purchasing some new art for your pad? Then you simply must visit the Red Dot Community Art Exhibit and sale at The Carrack Modern Art (a one night only sale of small works priced from $25 to $75). The Durham Storefront Project reveals the fourth series of storefront window art installations, “Artists, Makers, Entrepreneurs”, which will be on view in downtown Durham October through December. Of course, there’s all that wonderful Durham food to keep you going from art spot to art spot and there’s a Meadery too! Stop by Honeygirl Meadery (105 Hood Street, just across Fayetteville Street and down a block from Golden Belt) to sample their Blueberry Meads.
Just in time to stock up the holiday season, Cary’s Great Grapes wine shop (found in Saltbox Village shopping area) Annual Fall Tent Sale is Sunday Oct 20 (1 – 4 pm). With more than 30 wines open for tasting and savings of up to 25% (maybe more) it’s really something you shouldn’t miss. If your Sunday is already booked, don’t fret. The shop will honor sales prices beginning Thursday.
You may have read that Cameron’s (a local beloved and very fun gift shop) has moved. As of this posting, the shop hopes to open in their brand spanking new location at 300 East Main in Carrboro on Wednesday (Oct 16) – I’ve been keeping an eye on their Facebook page and Twitter Feed for the latest. I know I’m dying to see if the Elvis shrine made it to the new location intact and I bet you are too. Make sure you plan a visit to the new shop location soon to check out the new digs (and pick up a little something for yourself while you’re there).
The monthly craft market that makes Sunday “Fun Day” is back this Sunday (Oct 20, noon – 5 pm). Stop by the Pop Up Sunday market in the parking lot of Ornamentea on West Street in Downtown Raleigh. All are welcome to come shop, eat, drink, dye a garment and mingle with the community. There are always lots of new artists and vintage vendors as well as food trucks and sweet treats. Plus the Carolina Roller Girls are stopping by for a meet and greet. Each month the market picks a charity to raise awareness and money. This month’s charity is Hospice of Wake County – a very worthy cause and a great way to spend a relaxing Sunday afternoon.
A special Localista Pick goes out this week to the Creative Food Drive at Durham’s American Tobacco Campus’ North Quad this Saturday (Oct 19, 3 -7 pm). The food raising event continues to get bigger and better every year, helping to feed the hungry in our communities. Make sure you stop by to check out the awesome constructions from competing teams (a couple of your favorite Durham breweries entered this year), live music from local bands, food trucks, local breweries and a kid’s zone featuring pumpkin painting and a bouncy castle. CFD is free to attend (and donations of non perishable food are graciously accepted).