Food and Drink

Chapel Hill and Orange County has long been a culinary destination and can be best sampled at any one of the many food and drink events held year round. Also, check out our music events as many have local food trucks on site or offer a full menu.

Some of our favorites:

Walking Food Tours - sample tastings and personal insights from a cross-section of the finest and most unique establishments in the communities of Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Hillsborough. Tours are offered weekly, check the events calendar below for details.

Southern Season for weekly wine tastings and cooking classes.

Wine Down Wednesday at La Vita Dolce Expresso & Gelato Cafe in Southern Village recurring weekly until September 13, 2017 from 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Sip a new wine, bubbly or wine cocktail each week with free palate-pleasing samplings during their open social. Live music on the patio. Kid friendly: free mini gelato cones for kids.

Save the Dates:

August 17 The Tasting Experience - Presented by The Cloth Mill. The Tasting Experience is an event designed to delight your palate with deliciously crafted presentations from six exclusive caterers: Beau Catering, Cook Shack Catering, Donovan's Dish, Durham Catering, Southern Harvest Catering, and The Catering Company. The evening will begin with mingling, hors d'oeuvres, and music from Cool Receptions in their beautiful outdoor courtyard, followed by the main event inside. Details 

Chapel Hill Farmer's Market event - BrewfestAugust 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.

Festa Italiana Event - Il Palio

September 14  Festa Italiana | A Friends of the James Beard Benefit Dinner. Hosted by Chef Teddy Diggs, il Palio Chapel Hill. DETAILS

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.

Carrboro Coffee Roasters | TerraVitaOctober 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.