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Travel the Triangle for Fall “Feastivals!”

Raleigh Triangle Restaurant News

By Sean Lennard, Triangle Food Guy, trianglefoodblog.com

On Saturday, September 8th from 12–5pm Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre will host Tacos ‘N Taps, featuring all you care to taste beer and tequila along with the area’s best tacos and Mexican food.

The Root Cellar and House of Hops will co-host a Low Country Boil and Brew on Sunday, September 9th from 4–8pm. at their adjoining Pittsboro locations in Chatham Park. Your $25 ticket gets you an overflowing plate of fresh shrimp, sausage, corn on the cob, and potatoes. Thirsty? They’ll have 24 craft beers on tap and hundreds of bottled and canned beers available for purchase.

The Mac and Cheese Throwdown for Hope is scheduled for Sunday, September 16th from 5–8pm at 214 Martin Street.  They’ve had a great response from some “mac makers” and have some new contestants this year. So far, it looks like the lineup is Relish, Oak & Dagger, The Wandering Moose, Dram & Draught, US Foods, The Mac House, Southern Charred, NOFO @ the Pig, and the chef from 214 Martin Street.

The Root Cellar Cafe & Catering will host its annual Porkapalooza festival at their new Pittsboro restaurant on Saturday, October 6th at 5pm. To celebrate their seventh year they will offer small plate creations, featuring locally raised pork from Hickory Nut Gap Farm and Sharp Family Farms, served casually indoors and outdoors rather than a traditional seated dinner. Their Pittsboro location is at 35 Suttles Road in Penguin Place in Pittsboro. Tickets are $50, which includes all food, entertainment, and a souvenir pint cup.

The 2nd annual Sip + Savor, featuring 30 restaurants, 30 wineries, and live music, will take place at the DPAC on Sunday, October 14th from 4–7pm. It’s an opportunity to sample the Triangle’s top restaurants paired with famed wineries from across the world. There will also be live music, dessert, and bubbly on the DPAC stage. A percentage of the proceeds will benefit the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle.

And I tell you every year, but I will repeat it: DO. NOT. MISS. THIS. EVENT. The dates for the 9th annual TerraVita Food & Drink Festival over in Chapel Hill are October 17th to 20th. Things will kick off Wednesday, October 17th with the East Meets West Dinner (first year at The Carolina Inn) and end on October 20th with the Fall Fête on the Village Green in Southern Village.


Sean Lennard has been catering in the Triangle for more than 15 years, and his blog is a go-to foodie hotspot. He taps into local restaurant partners and his online catering business, Triangle Food Guy, serves events of all sizes. Check out TriangleFoodBlog.com for weekly news.