While the “21 Days” series is on hiatus for the rest of September, here’s a sampling of food and dining events to keep you sated. Many of these events require reservations or advance ticket purchase – just hit the links for contact information and more details.
Sept 10 – Irregardless Cafe Charity Beer Dinner – Carnivores and vegetarians alike will dine well and for a good cause at this beer dinner featuring Carolina Brewing Co. beer pairings, to benefit the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC.
Sept 15 – Kimbap Dumplings & Sake Dinner – Kimbap will be serving an 8-course dumplings & sake dinner, featuring handmade dumpling dishes from around the world, paired with exquisite hand-selected premium sake. The menu will include Shrimp Dumpling Soup, Wagyu Beef Dumplings, Korean Tamales, Squash Pierogies, Shanghai Soup Dumplings, Coconut Sticky Rice and Fried Paw Paw Pies.
Sept 19 – Porkapalooza at Root Cellar Cafe – Foster’s Market of Chapel Hill is now the Root Cellar Cafe (same location, same owners, new name!) and the very popular Porkapalooza is back for seconds, featuring Seven Springs Farm pasture-raised pork and Double Barley Brewing Beer.
Sept 21 – Dinner in the Meadow – The first annual Dinner in the Meadow benefits the Leonard-Mobley Small Farm Fund, which provides grants to support and encourage small farms. Dine on farm-fresh local food and refreshments, prepared by the Triangle’s most talented chefs, served in the bucolic meadow at one of North Carolina’s oldest continually operating farms. WUNC’s Frank Stasio is the host for this special evening.
Sept 21 – South Durham Farmers Market Fall Harvest Dinner – A true farm-to-fork dinner on a farm, Herndon Hills Farm, and during the peak of grape season. Menu options include both carnivore and vegetarian selections and tickets are available now (here). Proceeds from the dinner will benefit the market’s SNAP/EBT and Double Bucks program.
Sept 20 & 21 – Eastern Triangle Farm Tour – CFSA once again has organized a great group of 27 farms (9 new farms this year) for the 9th edition of the Fall farm tour. Rain or shine, the self-guided tour allows passage to farms located throughout the Eastern Triangle in Wake, Durham, Granville, Franklin and Person counties and allows you to get up close and personal with your food and your farmer.
Sept 19 – 21 – International Festival – You can eat your way around the world and never leave the Raleigh Convention Center. The International Festival is one of my favorite annual events, highlighting the diverse cultures that call the Triangle home.
Sept 25 – Carrboro Farmers Market 3rd Annual Harvest Dinner – Twenty Triangle area chefs prepare dishes for the community to enjoy in this fundraiser dinner for Carrboro’s favorite market.
Sept 25 – 27 – TerraVITA Small Plate Crawl – The second annual TerraVITA Small Plate Crawl allows diners to enjoy a 100% locally sourced small plate or cocktail at one (or more) of the TerraVITA Small Plate Crawl restaurants. Tickets aren’t necessary for this event. Simply stop in or make reservations at participating venues.
Sept 27 – Beericana – Sure, there’ll be beer. And there will be live music to entertain. But you’ll find food trucks aplenty to fill your bellies at this inaugural event.
Sept 13 – Nov 7 – Durham Central Park’s Meals from the Market – This annual fundraising event series offers diverse dining options for every appetite. Some events are already sold out, but many more remain.
Oct 5 – 7th Annual Amazing Pepper Festival – The fundraising event for Pittsboro’s Abundance Foundation is a celebration of sustainable agriculture, farmers, renewable energy, and the creativity of the Piedmont’s chefs, brewers and artisans. And of the very versatile pepper, of course.
Oct 5 – Raleigh City Farm’s Annual Harvest Dinner – Join hosts Easter Maynard and John Parker for a magical evening under the stars with Chef Scott Crawford of Standard Foods at this fundraising dinner featuring an all-vegetable, family style feast of fresh and sustainably grown North Carolina foods from farmers such as Endless Sun Produce and Kailyard Farm. Wine Authorities will provide exclusive wines from small, family-owned wineries from around the world and Fullsteam Brewery will be serving their plow-to-pint beer.
Oct 9 – SEEDS 20th Anniversary Harvest Dinner – Come out for the cocktails and stay for a delicious dinner including dishes from some of our area’s favorite chefs and restaurants including The Cupcake Bar, Fullsteam Brewery, Juju, Loaf, Mateo, NanaTaco, Pizzeria Toro, Pop’s a Durham Trattoria, Piedmont Restaurant, Saltbox Seafood Joint, Scratch Baking, The Parlour, The Boot, Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club, and West End Wine Bar of Durham.
Oct 9 – 11 – TerraVITA – Perhaps you’ve not had a chance to attend the three-day festival dedicated to excellence and sustainability in the South, showcasing the very best in food and beverage in our region? Time to do something about that and get your tickets to any of the events (any of those that aren’t already sold out). If you’re set on the Grand Tasting on the Green, good for you – don’t forget to wear the stretchy pants!
Oct 16 – 26 – NC State Fair – It’s not fall without a fair and it’s not a fair without a little bit of something deep fried. What’s in the fryer this year? You’ll have to keep checking the website to find out! Advance ticket sales are now open.
UPDATE – Date has been changed to Oct 19 – J. Betski’s Oktoberfest – Seaboard Station’s favorite Eastern European restaurant once again hosts an Oktoberfest event not to be missed. The “Full Package” includes bands, beer, a logo pilsner glass and food, lots of food (an alcohol free package is available too).
Oct 23 – 2nd Annual Second Chance Dine & Dance – This benefit for Benevolence Farm will be held at the Haw River Ballroom and includes a buffet featuring local fare from talented farmers and chefs including Vimala’s Curryblossom Cafe, Eco Farm, Bread & Butter Bakery, Mediterranean Deli, Small Potatoes Farm, Radius Pizza and many others.