April 23-26: Four Day Food Festival TASTE

by Mary Rae Hunter

Doing good while eating good food?

If you are looking for a great way to enjoy the food scene in the Triangle, then support the Food Bank Festival of Central & Eastern North Carolina. This event supports the local food banks. Tickets are easily purchased at tastetheevent.com.

The exciting line up will include:

April 23: Grand Taste Experience at the Durham Armory. Participants include Watts Grocery, La Farm Bakery, Gocciolina, Acme, ONE, Basan, Juju, Harvest 18 and G2B. You may purchase VIP tickets to attend a reception beforehand hosted by Andrea Reusing of Lantern and The Durham.

April 24: Foggy Ridge Cider Dinner – Ricky Moore of Saltbox Seafood Joint and John Eisensmith of Six Plates prepare an elegant four-course dinner in the lovely Sarah P. Duke Gardens paired with “America’s Favorite Cider,” Foggy Ridge Cider.

April 25: Buger Smashdown at Fullsteam Brewrey includes the best burgers around. Participants will enjoy burgers from Buns, Al’s Burger Shack, Tyler’s Taproom, Only Burger and Mattie B’s Public House. Fullsteam beer of course will accompany.

April 25: Artisan Cocktail Diner where Durham’s best bartenders representing Bar Lusconi, Alley Twenty Six, Revolution, Piedmont and Nana Steak will pair heavy creative cocktails with excellent horsd’oeuvres by Piedmont and Revolution. DJ and dancing will add to the fun.

April 26: Roof of North Carolina Dinner – Amy Tornquist of Watts and Marcie Cohen Ferris author of The Edible South: The Power of Food and the Making of an American Region, will tell the story of our state’s food history. This will be delightful with a three course meal and wine pairings from Piedmont Wine Imports.

What a terrific “foodie week” to enjoy…while doing good!

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