Saturday, September 26, 2015

TerraVita Food + Drink Festival Oct 8-10

This year, TERRAVITA Food + Drink Festival celebrates its sixth event (started in 2010) bringing together the area's top chefs, food artisans, sommeliers, baristas, brewers, educators, distillers, cookbook authors and other celebrated food + drink experts to not only celebrate food and drink but to learn and educate and share common passions about food and the many impacts on our local NC communities. It's also a chance to educate and learn about food sustainability, appreciate culinary diversity, expertise, and celebrate all things pertaining to food and drink.

Over the course of these three days there are several unique opportunities to sample food and drink through different types of events that include expert panels, lively dinners, after parties as well as sustainable classrooms with a grand finale tasting event on the Village Green at Southern Village.

Perhaps one of the most interesting events that will be happening is the opening day to kick off the TerraVita events is a panel discussion taking place at the Varsity Theatre on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill at 3-5:30pm, Thursday October 8. The theme of this year’s opening event is Culinary Capital & Building Community.  This event will include a stellar list of speakers who will be speaking about their passions and sharing more detail about their own causes and how they are doing good in the community.

This prestigious panel event for Thursday will feature Jeff Polish from The Monti as the moderator and guest speakers include:
  • Ashley Christensen, Chef & Owner, AC Restaurants
  • Margaret Gifford, Food Advocate
  • Henry Hargreaves, Photographer
  • Kat Kinsman, Editor, Tasting Table
  • Virginia Willis, Chef & Author
  • Mike Moore, Chef & Owner, The Blind Pig

Using a combination of TedX style and the visually stimulating format of Pecha Kucha the discussion will be a unique opportunity not to be missed. Half of the proceeds from this event will be divided among causes highlighted by each panelist. This panel discussion is an opportunity to hear unique perspectives presented in a very creative way about how food connects us to our local community, our health, our families and our friendships.

There are a number of events happening over the three day event and several of the sessions are almost completely full. Don't miss an unforgettable opportunity to learn and experience some fantastic sessions in the Sustainable Classroom and the After Hours parties! And the grand finale tasting event will finish the festival off with an amazing afternoon of food + drink!

TICKET SPECIAL! Click here to purchase your tickets to TerraVita. This weekend you can take 10% off the ticket price by using this PROMO CODE: BESTOFTVFCHL15 (not case sensitive).

I'm SUPER excited to attend this event for the first time this year! I LOVE learning and I'm in awe of the speakers, presenters and folks that are involved (and organizing) this event, especially since its all for a great cause. I'm excited to learn about sour beers, food sustainability, craft cocktails and much more! I can't wait to be inspired by industry luminaries and I love supporting local! The more I can learn the more I can share! I hope that you can join me!

+Chana Lynn

Thursday, September 10, 2015

EVENT: SPARKconX Celebrates 10 Years in Downtown Raleigh

This year's SPARKcon festival hits downtown Raleigh September 17-20th and they are celebrating BIG! This year marks ten years of the festival known to showcase the Triangle as the “Creative Hub of the Southeast.”Visual Arts Exchange (VAE) produces SPARKcon to celebrate and highlight diverse creative efforts in the Triangle and is a part of the VAE mission to support and provide opportunities for artists and connect the community to the arts. SPARKcon was founded in 2006 by Aly and Beth Khalifa of Designbox.

SPARKcon is a four day festival that features fashion, dance, film, music, design, theater, circus and more in a wide variety of open events and exhibits in downtown Raleigh.

Quote: “We do it because we love the Triangle, we love creativity and we love sharing that love with everyone else,” says Mary Kay Kennedy, a SPARKcon organizer. “This year, we are even more excited to celebrate the 10th SPARKcon with at least 60,000 participants, including 55,000 attendees.”

Over the festival's four days, there are many events being held in many different city venues and locations. You can view a complete schedule of events by clicking here.

Some of this year's big events include:
danceSPARK: Glow Zumba, Sept 18 at 10pm City Plaza
“Wear What You Are” Fashion Show, Sept 19 at 8pm City Plaza
WIT! Improv Game Show,Sept 20 at 2pm City of Raleigh Museum

Community Favorites and easy to walk and enjoy include:
artSPARK: 700 street painters incl 500 WCPSS students on Fayetteville St
65 concerts in various venues throughout downtown
bazaarSPARK: 45 local vendors and artisans all located on Fayetteville Street.

The festival has specific creative themes running simultaneously including art, circus, dance, comedy, design, fashion, geek, ideas, music, poetry, food, theater and more! 

N E W !!
BANDALOOP a pioneer in vertical dancing will be performing off the side of the new Aloft Raleigh (2100 Hillsborough Street, across from the NC State Bell Tower) on Saturday, September 19th following brief performances by local musical guests.

5:30-6:15PM /  Peter Lamb and the Wolves
6:15-6:35PM / Triangle Taiko
6:35-6:50PM / Tom Koch playing NC State Memorial Belltower Carillon
6:50-7:00PM / BANDALOOP encore showing
This will be a MUST SEE!!

There will also be Improv Comedy Night featuring Raleigh Mayor McFarlane part of the comedySPARK improv show, Friday September 18 from 5-7 pm at Kings!

There's SO many different things to chose from! Just find what you are interested in and get involved, help out, participate or simply enjoy the art and the performances. One of our favorite things to do is to go downtown on Saturday and watch groups of people, art students, school kids, etc drawing their chalk squares and catch the street performances. The chalk squares are stunning. You can catch the CircusSPARK folks
performing on Fayetteville Street.

This is a fun family-friendly event and a great way to spend the day in downtown Raleigh!