{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!

May 23-24 JawsFest - The annual Chapel Hill JawsFest features Music Festival, Food Trucks, Vendors, Beer, Burlesque Show, Art and more Memorial Day Weekend off of West Franklin and Graham streets. Al's Burger Shack, Rumors, Beer Study, Local 506, The Baxter, Syd's Hair Shop and IP3 are all participating. 

June TBA 6th Annual Cardinal Directions Beer Festival - 6-9pm on the Carrboro Town Commons at 301 W. Main Street. A celebration of NC craft beer with proceeds benefitting Farmer Foodshare! 30+ NC craft breweries are bringing their best to downtown Carrboro, joining them is food trucks, local bands and craft vendors. Tickets are $20 and include festival glass and 5 - 4oz pours, additional pours available for $1 each.  The event is open to public, family, and dog-friendly. Tickets are not required unless you plan on drinking alcohol. You may enjoy the food trucks, N/A beverage vendors, live music without a ticket.  Coordinated by Steel String Brewery. 

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August 29 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 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.

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September 18-19 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.

November 8 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.

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