TerraVita 2018, in its ninth year, will kick off Wednesday, October 17, with the East Meets West dinner (first year at The Carolina Inn) in which executive chef, Brandon Sharp, will host seven other chefs from across the state of North Carolina. The festival will end on October 20 with the Fall Fête on The Green in Southern Village. The Fall Fête was formally the Grand Tasting on the Green. This closing event features dishes from more than 35 chefs and food artisans from across the state. Additionally, more than 50 sustainably produced beverages from around the globe will be served, including organic coffee; biodynamic, organically grown and natural wines; sustainably produced spirits; and microbrews.

In between, there will be a special dinner in celebration of the South's legendary Edna Lewis; the Hill Fire dinner at Carrboro Town Commons; a walking culinary exploration of downtown Carrboro and Chapel Hill with mini-classes along the way; the Sustainable Classroom; and giving back to the community through a collaboration with TABLE and partner, Hungry Harvest. People will have an opportunity to donate much needed non-perishables along the way, as well.

In short, expect inspiring dinners, interactive sessions, plenty of time to mingle with chefs and food fanatics, and the best tasting event in the South. More details coming soon! Get on the email list to keep up to date with all things TerraVita! Tickets will go on sale Friday, Aug. 10 at 10 a.m. at terravitafest.com.

About TerraVita Festival of Food & Drink
Launched in October 2010 by food advocate Colleen Minton, TerraVita has been named one of the “10 Southern Food Festivals You Need to Taste” by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and “4 Can’t Miss Southern Food Festivals” by PeterGreenberg.com. One of the country’s leading events focused on sustainable food and drink with award-winning chefs, rising culinary stars, beverage makers and food artisans. TerraVita produces a zero waste event. In 2017, all events combined produced nearly 3,000 lbs of waste with all composted or recycled except 40 lbs of trash; the event’s best practices resulted in a 98.6% waste diversion.

The Chapel Hill Orange County Visitors Bureau is a proud sponsor of TerraVita Food & Drink Festival.