Somehow, regretfully, I end up being out of town every year for one of my favorite events — the Pepper Festival in Chatham County, so please go for me! This year’s fest, on Sunday, Oct. 6, from 3 to 7 p.m., is at Boulder Park in Briar Chapel. The outdoor celebration of local food, chefs and businesses, is in its sixth year. Ticket holders get to sample pepper-themed dishes from local chefs including from Pittsboro’s Oakleaf, Raleigh’s 18 Seaboard, and Carrboro’s Glasshalfull. There will also be beer sales, live music, and information displays about local farms, renewable energy, and local food.
For children, activities include bubbles and face painting. Tickets are $30 in advance, and $35 at the gate. Admission is free for children under age 12. The festival is a benefit for The Abundance Foundation, which spreads the word and the fun about sustainability, and for research at Piedmont Biofarm, a year-round vegetable farm in Pittsboro that specializes in peppers and seed saving.