Wow, in only its third year, TerraVITA has become a leading Southern food and wine event, with a focus on farm-sourcing, artisanal producers. This year’s event has expanded over several days, with activities running Nov. 1 to Nov. 3 in Chapel Hill.
Much of the credit goes to founder and organizer Colleen Minton. I’ve seen a lot of “food festivals” come and go, but this one keeps getting bigger and better. And … Colleen gives back, as well. TerraVITA has donated more than $10,000 to local nonprofits over the past two years, and this year is adding a fund-raiser for the Carrboro Farmers’ Market.
Below are some details on this year’s celebration, and tickets are on sale NOW! Ordering info. is here.
WHAT: TerraVITA is a 3-day festival featuring the best in sustainable food and beverage in the South and celebrating chefs, farmers, and artisan beverage producers who offer the necessary foundation to create a sustainable network. The event features educational workshops and demonstrations, guest speakers, as well as food and beverage tastings and meals. The festival will begin with the Harvest Potluck Fundraiser for the Carrboro Farmers’ Market and end with the pinnacle event, the Grand Tasting on The Green.
FEATURING: More than two dozen chefs and artisan food producers from across the state of North Carolina participating in tastings, demos, dinners and workshops for the general public. Also, artisan wine producers, micro brewers, coffee roasters and boutique distillers will participate in workshops and over more than 100 tastings.
★ Harvest Potluck Fundraiser: Thursday, Nov. 1, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Carrboro Farmer’s Market
★ The Sustainable Classroom (Speakers, Workshops & Demonstrations): Friday, Nov. 2 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at multiple locations in Chapel Hill (hotel shuttles provided)
★ The Carolina Table: East Meets West (Dinner): Friday, Nov. 2 from 7 to 10 p.m. (Location TBD)
★ The Grand Tasting on The Green: Saturday, Nov. 3, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. on The Green at Southern Village in Chapel Hill
HELPING: TerraVITA has donated more than $10,000 to local non-proﬁts over the last two years. Each year, they hold a silent auction and donate 100% of the proceeds to charity. This year, they’re adding a fundraiser for the Carrboro Farmers’ Market with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the Market. The last two years both the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA) and TABLE, a non-proﬁt offering weekend meals to children in need, have been beneﬁciaries. Last year, they added Culinary Historians of Piedmont NC (CHOP NC).