{FOOD} - Eats, Feasts, Cuisine, Edibles, Fare, Grub; No matter how you say it, food (and drink), particularly if you're trying something new, has a way of bringing out the best in people. Let’s face it; food makes people happy! So gather up your favorite companions and head over to your favorite towns of Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Hillsborough for some fantastic - however you want to say it - ‘food’. Not sure where to go? We've got you covered! Here's a listicle of not-to-miss upcoming food adventures.  And, if you feel inclined, tag #visitchapelhill, #visitcarrboro or #visithillsboroughnc in your photo’s because well you’ll probably want to take some – and we would love to share them!

Copy of Steel String Brewery

August 26 BrewfestBeer and the Chapel Hill Farmers’ Market are a natural match, considering local brewers source many of their ingredients from nearby farms. At this special Saturday market, join them for free beer samples from Mystery Brewing Company, Dingo Dog Brewing Company, Haw River Farmhouse Ales, Starpoint Brewing, Steel String Brewery, Fullsteam Brewery, Oak & Dagger Public House, Bull City Burger & Brewery, Raleigh Brewing Company, and Bull City Ciderworks – poured by knowledgeable brew staff. Plus, they’ll have a demo on cooking with beer (beer-battered fish and Mississippi-style hush puppies!) by Claudia L. Sanders of Good Intentions Culinary Services; corn hole, plus live music by Joe Woodson and more. And don’t depart the market without entering to win a case of beers – a multi-pack of products from participating brewers.

September 14  Festa Italiana | A Friends of the James Beard Benefit Dinner. Hosted by Chef Teddy Diggs, il Palio Chapel Hill. Join Host Chef Teddy Diggs of Il Palio at the Siena Hotel in Chapel, Hill for Festa Italiana, a Friends of the James Beard Benefit Dinner. Cocktail hour begins at 6:00pm on the terrace with hors d'oeuvres created on Sea Island Forge Kettles, games of bocce and a silent auction. Dinner begins at 7:30pm in the Il Palio dining room and is followed by a live auction.

Copy of Put some South in your Mouth - Hogg Day

September 15-16 35th Annual Hillsborough Hog Day - If you’re looking for the best NC pulled pork around together with a festival featuring live music, one-of-a-kind and handcrafted gifts, home decor, emergency vehicle displays, face painting, and bounce houses for the kids, then Hog Day is the place for you! Come out to see us and sample the BBQ from the teams that stay to smoke it overnight.

September 17 Curds & Crafts: An Artisanal Cheese and Craft Beer Festival - An artisanal cheese and beer festival with a focus on Southern Cheesemakers and NC Breweries featuring 16 cheesemakers, over 12 breweries and other artisan food producers. The event will take place at The Cloth Mill at Eno River. This is the Triangle’s newest, unique, urban event venue located in the historic Eno River Mill campus in downtown Hillsborough, NC. Live music by The Ivory Boys.

TerraVita Grand Tasting

October 18-21 Terra Vita Food & Drink Festival - The Chapel Hill, NC-based festival, now in its seventh year, offers exceptional dinners, tasting events, after parties, chef demos as well as the “Sustainable Classroom” – educational experiences featuring renowned chefs, authors & national media. As one of the country’s leading events focused on sustainable food and drink, TerraVita lives its mission by producing a zero waste event by employing intensive use of compostable goods, and recycling nearly all of the waste produced at the event.