Food festival Terra Vita sets dates for 2019
Chapel Hill’s TerraVita Food and Drink Festival turns 10 this year and plans to celebrate by toasting some of North Carolina’s great chefs of the past decade.
TerraVita returns Oct. 16-19, with four days of thoughtful and tasty dinners, as well as food and drink workshops and panel discussions. Founder Colleen Minton started the festival in 2009 and has used it as a showcase of the South’s culinary talent and trends, particularly the chefs, brewers, wine pros and bartenders in North Carolina.
This year’s main event will be a celebration of James Beard Award-winning pastry chef Karen Barker, who died in February of cancer. The Friday night dinner typically honors a chef who has made a profound impact on the local dining culture and is influential throughout the South and beyond. Last year’s dinner celebrated the late Edna Lewis, with Crook’s Corner chef Bill Smith honored the year before that.
The TerraVita format remains largely the same. The East Meet West dinner brings North Carolina chefs from across the state together to prepare a single meal. This year’s Hill Fire dinner, typically cooked entirely with wood fire, focuses on North Carolina’s barbecue tradition and features pitmasters Sam Jones of Sam Jones BBQ and Wyatt Dickson of Picnic.
The festival concludes with a Saturday smorgasbord, the Fall Fete, where more than three dozen chefs and two dozen beer, wine and cocktail pros throw a party at Chapel Hill’s Southern Village.
Tickets for this year’s TerraVita go on sale July 11. For more information, visit terravitafest.com.