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"Go Wild” at the 11th Annual Pepper Festival

  • The Great Meadow, Briar Chapel 161 Salt Cedar Lane Chapel Hill, NC, 27516 United States (map)

The 11th Annual Pepper Festival, one of the largest chef competitions in North Carolina, takes a walk on the wild side with a spicy line-up of pepper-themed dishes and brews, family activities and live music!

Join us on September 23, 3-6 p.m. as approximately 50 top chefs and brewers compete to create one-of-a-kind recipes, featuring the locally bred and grown North Carolina pepper. This year, chefs will be challenged to “go wild” and kick up their culinary creations with wild, foraged ingredients! From pepper donuts to pepper ribs, you’ll see a dizzying array of dishes from culinary stars like Harvest 18, City Kitchen, Parizade and Saint Jacques, along with bold brews from the likes of Fullsteam, Carolina Brewery, Mystic and more!

Eat your fill while enjoying the musical line up of whiskey-soaked bluegrass from Elis Dyson and the Shambles, voted “Best Local Band,” along with jazzy dance tunes from ZamBamBooGee.

Families can explore workshops, face-painting, bubble art, aerial silk lessons and storytelling journeys at the Kids’ Pepperpalooza.

Proceeds benefit Abundance NC, a nonprofit that supports sustainable food, fuels and more than 200 farmers across the state.

For your GPS, enter: Margaret B. Pollard Middle School
185 Granite Mill Blvd, Chapel Hill, NC 27516. PepperFest is just up the hill from Margaret Pollard Middle School on Great Ridge Pkwy. Then watch for signs and people directing traffic!

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