Chapel Hill’s TerraVita Food & Drink Festival announces dates

The TerraVita Food & Drink Festival, which has become a must-do on Triangle foodies’ lists, is set for October.

The four-day Chapel-Hill-based festival, now in its eighth year, will feature award-winning chefs, journalists, authors, food artisans Oct. 18-21. Tickets will go on sale in May.

The festival features dinners, tasting events, chef demos as well as the Sustainable Classroom – workshops and tastings with acclaimed speakers.

The festival lineup includes:

Oct. 18: The Carolina Table: East Meets West. The dinner features North Carolina chefs from across the state.

Oct. 19: Hill Fire: Pits, Spits & Grills. The dinner, held outdoors, features food over fire with chefs and beverage producers from across the Southeast. Last year featured barbecue. This year will showcase seafood.

Oct. 20: The Sustainable Classroom. A series of culinary workshops, food and beverage tastings, demonstrations and intensive panel discussions.

Oct. 21: Grand Tasting on the Green. The festival concludes with this event, which has tastings from more than 50 chefs and beverage producers, and a tent with handcrafted products for purchase.

The festival got its start in October 2010 as a one-day event. Since then, it has grown into a nationally recognized event because of its focus on sustainable focus and drink.

It also is a “zero-waste event.” It uses compostable and recyclable good and recycles or composts nearly all of the waste produced over the four days, according to event organizers.

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