Thursday, October 24, 2013

IG SNAPSHOT: Cooke St Carnival

So who doesn't love a street party?

Cooke Street does it best. Every year I am excited to get downtown to the Carnival on Cooke Street. So many fabulous local businesses representing, food trucks, breweries, live music and real atmosphere. What more could you want? I also love taking the party off of Fayetteville for a change, nothing wrong with Fayetteville Street, but it feels a little more local in the residential area.  Cooke Street Carnival happens in the Idlewood neighborhood, very close to Historic Oakwood. If you haven't been, make sure you catch it next year. Its great to be a tourist in your own town! I took my girls and they loved the food, entertainment, artists and vendors and taking pictures! AND of course running into Project Runway star, Justin LeBlanc. Can you say star struck?

Here are a few photos from a fantastic afternoon out in downtown Raleigh. 

Love these photo ops!
Enjoying a tasty Johnny Appleseed from Slingshot Coffee Co. Delicious!
Food truck action was happening!
Sampled (and bought) some Happy + Hale juices. YUM!
We loved the carrot and orange blend!
Centro booth and Day of he Dead 5k info
The community table for all to share.

Fabulous lunch here at The Humble Pig Food Truck
My delicious smoked pork taco. SO good!!
More delicious options!
Garland and House of Swank representing

Tons of shopping local options for guys and girls

Getting crowded despite the grey skies
Its not a party until there's a beer tent! (or two, or three...)
Crank Arm keeping busy!

Lumina tent
Ran into local Project Runway celeb, Justin LeBlanc
Fabulous gourmet cotton candy from Oscar Willams was a crowd pleaser
More fun photo ops
Houses were all decked out for Halloween
My photographer


  1. That definitely looks like a fun street party! :)

  2. I love the house with the red front door. Does this festival benefit anything or is it something that a block of neighbors just decided to do.

  3. Thanks Leigh, I should've mentioned that the neighborhood lended their support to Learning Together, a local inclusive children’s preschool, as part of the event. They were hoping to give Learning Together more exposure as well as they were accepting school supplies and monetary donations at the Carnival!

  4. What a cool street party. Lemme know when the next one is :P