Heat up your Sunday at the 7th Annual Pepper Festival | Food
Food
INDY Week's food blog

Archives | RSS

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Heat up your Sunday at the 7th Annual Pepper Festival

Posted by on Wed, Oct 1, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Top chefs from across North Carolina bring the heat at the 7th Annual Pepper Festival on Sunday, Oct. 5, at Briar Chapel in Chapel Hill. 

More than 30 chefs and craft brewers have been invited to create dishes for the festival. The chefs have a great deal of latitude as they can make anything from chocolate to beer. The only real requirement is that the creation include locally developed and grown North Carolina peppers as a key ingredient. Among those taking part are chefs from Little Hen, The Fearrington Granary, Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen, Fiction Kitchen and 518 West as well as craft artisans from YesterYears Brewery, Steel String Brewery, Carolina Brewery, Top of the Hill Distillery and Fair Game Beverage Company. Just reading that list should make you hungry and thirsty. (Or is that just me?) 

They will be giving their best effort too, because they won't be flashing culinary creativity just for show but for the sweet taste of victory as well. "Celebrity" judges will be roaming the festival and scoring the food and drink in a variety of categories. I put celebrity in quotes because I'm one of the judges, so clearly the festival is using a very loose definition of the word. Also taking part in the judging will be reporter Leoneda Inge from WUNC and Durham Foodie blogger Johanna Kramer. 

More than food and drink are on the menu. Phil Cook (of such groups as Phil Cook & His Feat, Guitarheels and Megafaun) and Tender Fruit will each perform musical sets. Also, there are special activities for the kids and Learning Tents for those interested in sustainable lifestyle topics such as "Raising Chatham Rabbits for Meat," "Lacto-Fermenting Peppers for Good Gut Health" and "Intro to Aquaponics." 

More than a thousand people attend each year so the festival has clearly established itself as an entertaining afternoon of highlighting North Carolina food and culture.

Emceeing everything will be Bryan Welch of Mother Earth News and The Utne, The Pepper Festival takes place at the Great Meadow, Briar Chapel’s newest section, and all proceeds benefit Abundance NC (formerly Abundance Foundation), a nonprofit that cultivates and celebrates resilient communities by strengthening food systems, increasing renewable energy education and developing robust local economies. Abundance NC partners with Piedmont Biofarm and other Chatham County farms to supply local peppers for the festival.

Adults $25-$35, 12 and under free. Cash bar. Tickets may be purchased at www.theabundancefoundation.org or call 919-533-5181.
Great Meadow Park at Briar Chapel, 185 Granite Mill Blvd., Chapel Hill. (Enter Granite Mill Boulevard from Andrews Store Road near Margaret Pollard Middle School and follow signs to the festival.)  pepperfestnc.org.

Tags: , , , , , ,

Pin It

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

INDY Week publishes all kinds of comments, but we don't publish everything.

  • Comments that are not contributing to the conversation will be removed.
  • Comments that include ad hominem attacks will also be removed.
  • Please do not copy and paste the full text of a press release.

Permitted HTML:
  • To create paragraphs in your comment, type <p> at the start of a paragraph and </p> at the end of each paragraph.
  • To create bold text, type <b>bolded text</b> (please note the closing tag, </b>).
  • To create italicized text, type <i>italicized text</i> (please note the closing tag, </i>).
  • Proper web addresses will automatically become links.

Latest in Food



Twitter Activity

Comments

Thanks so much Ciranna! Martha is a superwoman... it was a pleasure having you at Dinner this year again!

by Wendy Perry on Behind the Scenes of the Fifth Annual Dinner in the Meadow Fundraiser (Food)

David. I went back and read the article. It was truly disgusting. It represents the worst of what identity politics …

by Timothy Oswald on Friday Night Bites: The Lakewood and Scratch are Suddenly Closing, Cucciolo Osteria Is Opening, Saltbox Lands on Taste of the South's Hot List, and More (Food)

Most Recent Comments

Thanks so much Ciranna! Martha is a superwoman... it was a pleasure having you at Dinner this year again!

by Wendy Perry on Behind the Scenes of the Fifth Annual Dinner in the Meadow Fundraiser (Food)

David. I went back and read the article. It was truly disgusting. It represents the worst of what identity politics …

by Timothy Oswald on Friday Night Bites: The Lakewood and Scratch are Suddenly Closing, Cucciolo Osteria Is Opening, Saltbox Lands on Taste of the South's Hot List, and More (Food)

To be clear, I am referring to Victoria's incredibly biased negative review of The Lakewood when it first opened. Definitely …

by David Hewitt 1 on Friday Night Bites: The Lakewood and Scratch are Suddenly Closing, Cucciolo Osteria Is Opening, Saltbox Lands on Taste of the South's Hot List, and More (Food)

Congrats to the Indy Week food editor Victoria Boulabasis for her role in torpedoing The Lakewood. I am so thankful …

by David Hewitt 1 on Friday Night Bites: The Lakewood and Scratch are Suddenly Closing, Cucciolo Osteria Is Opening, Saltbox Lands on Taste of the South's Hot List, and More (Food)

Thanks for publishing the recipe! I made it for an office lunch this week. It smells wonderful as it is …

by chuck02 on Make This: Ashley Christensen's Homegrown Tomato Pie with Buttermilk Cheddar and Horseradish (Food)

© 2018 Indy Week • 320 E. Chapel Hill St., Suite 200, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation