Farm Fare, A Culinary Expedition

Enjoy tastings of farm fresh excellence at our first annual Farm Fare! Local restaurants, food artisans and resident farmers will showcase their very best while leading you on a culinary expedition. This event will benefit our local high school students involved with Virtual Enterprise!

The People’s Peppers

Come celebrate pepper season at the Carrboro Farmers’ Market with The People’s Peppers! Between the roasted peppers, the raw peppers, the fried peppers, the pepper jelly and the two delicious pepper recipe contest finalists it will be a sampling bonanza!  Sheri Castle will be preparing our two finalist recipes: Corn and Pepper Salad by Paul Piersma and Cold Roasted Red Pepper “Borscht” by Susan Spalt – come try them both and vote for your favorite!  We will tally the votes and crown our People’s Peppers Champion at 11:45am.  In the meantime, chow down on samples, enjoy live toe-tapping Latin music by Con Acento, and pick up a limited-edition 2015 People’s Peppers Cookbook!  Proceeds from cookbook sales will support our Gary Murray Memorial Scholarship Fund for new and beginning farmers.

Opening Celebreation: West End Poetry Festival

Fri 10/16, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Opening Celebreation for the West End Poetry Festival

The opening celebration at Flyleaf will include a reception with hors d’oeuvres and wine, readings, and time for book signing and socializing. Introduced by Celisa Steele, five poets will read from their own work. The West End Poetry Festival continues into Saturday evening in Carrboro. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, go to the West End Poetry Festival website at

Opening Celebreation featured poets are:

Tsitsi Jaji is a Zimbabwean American and grew up in Harare before moving to the U.S. for college. Her first poetry chapbook, Carnaval, is included in the collection Seven New Generation African Poets, and she was awarded an honorable mention in 2015 for the Ron Sillerman Prize. Her poetry has appeared in Prairie Schooner, Madison Review, Black Renaissance Noire, Bitter Oleander, Illuminations, ElevenEleven, Poetry International’s Zimbabwe page, and the Center for Book Arts Broadside Poetry Series. She is also the author of a scholarly book, Africa in Stereo: Music, Modernism, and Pan-African Solidarity (Oxford University Press, 2014). She teaches at Duke University.


Terry L. Kennedy is the author of the poetry collections New River Breakdown (Unicorn Press, 2013) and Until the Clouds Shatter the Light that Plates Our Lives (Jeanne Duval Editions, 2011). His work appears in a variety of literary journals and magazines, includeing Border Crossings, Cave Wall, From the Fishouse, Southern Review, and Waccamaw. He currently serves as the associate director of the Graduate Program in Creative Writing at UNC-Greensboro and is editor of the online journal storySouth.


Maria Rouphail is a member of the English Department faculty at NC State University, where she teaches courses in literature and serves as an academic adviser. A member of the North Carolina Writers’ Network and the North Carolina Poetry Society, she has twice been a finalist in the NCPS Poet Laureate competition. The author of Apertures, she has published in Pinesong, International Poetry Review, Main Street Rag, and One. She has garnered Honorable Mention in the Nazim Hikmet Poetry Festival competition. Second Skin is her newest collection of poems. She is currently at work on a third collection.


Crystal Simone Smith is the author of Routes Home (Finishing Line Press, 2013) and Running Music(Longleaf Press, 2014). Her work has appeared in numerous journals including Callaloo, Nimrod, Barrow Street, Obsidian II: Literature in the African Diaspora, African American Review, and Mobius: The Journal of Social Change. She is an alumna of the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop and the Yale Summer Writers Conference. She lives in Durham, NC and is currently the managing editor of Backbone Press.


L. Lamar Wilson is the author of Sacrilegion (2013)—the 2012 selection for the Carolina Wren Press Poetry Series, a 2013 Independent Publishers Group bronze medalist, and a 2013 Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry finalist—and co-author of Prime: Poetry and Conversation (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2014), with the Phantastique Five. Individual poems and scholarly essays have appeared in African American Review,Black Gay Genius (2014), Callaloo, Crab Orchard Review, Cream City Review, jubilat, Muzzle, Rattle, The 100 Best African American Poems (2010), Please Excuse This Poem: 100 Poets for the Next Generation(2015), Vinyl, and elsewhere. The poem from which Sacrilegion’s title emerged, “Resurrection Sunday,” was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. A Cave Canem and Callaloo graduate fellow, Lamar holds an MFA from Virginia Tech and is completing a doctorate in African American and multiethnic American poetics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

8th Annual Chapel Hill Pepper Festival

The 8th Annual Chapel Hill Pepper Festivalhosted by Briar Chapel in Chapel Hill, has added extra “spice” for 2015. Featuring approximately 45 of the state’s top chefs and brewers, the Pepper Festival is now one of the largest food and family events in North Carolina!
Please join us on September 27, 3-7 p.m., to witness and taste first-hand the heat as chefs compete with one-of-a-kind recipes, featuring the locally bred and grown North Carolina pepper. From pepper chocolate to pepper vodka, you’ll see a dizzying array of dishes from culinary heavy hitters like Heron’s at the UmsteadThe FearringtonTOPOHarvest 18 and Gravy with brews from Carolina BreweryCrude Bitters, Yesteryears and the likes. Eat your fill while enjoying local bands—including The Stacks, artisans and family friendly activities.
The best part? It’s also a chance to support your local farmers and local sustainability and to learn about all the amazing restaurants in our area that incorporate locally farmed ingredients into their menus.
Please join us!
Tickets are available here.

Curds and Crafts: An Artisanal Cheese and Craft Beer Festival

The First Annual Curds and Crafts Festival celebrates local, artisanal cheese producers, craft breweries, and the natural and delicious pairing of cheese and beer.

We bring together North Carolina and Virgina cheese makers and breweries to offer samples of a variety of beers and cheeses. Special brewery selections have been made to match up with a local cheese makers’ delicious artisanal cheese.

We also welcome local artisanal food producers to sample their products, look for awesome charcuterie, handmade bread and small batch jellies and pickles.

Festifall to Crowd Franklin Street Sunday

CHAPEL HILL – Chapel Hill’s 41st annual Festifall on Franklin Street is Sunday.

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“We always get excited for this beautiful event. It’s been voted the last 3 consecutive years as Chapel Hill’s best event,” event organizer Wes Tilghman says.

Festifall is on West Franklin Street in downtown Chapel Hill.  Tilghman and Chapel Hill Public Library staff member, Megan Rosen say this year the event is bigger than ever.

Attendees can expect art, music, live performances, local food, good reads, and plenty of dancing.

“We’ve got over 80 artists, 4 live performance areas, and we’re going to invite some of the local restaurants to the streets with us to join in,” Tilghman says.

Six blocks of West Franklin Street will be filled with all types of different artists, and community organizations from the Chapel Hill and Carrboro area. Over 120 different exhibitors will be at the festival.

Chapel Hill’s newly expanded and improved Public Library will host one of the exhibits with a digital book-mobile. And Rosen says it won’t be hard for the attraction to catch your attention.

“We’re bringing in an 18-wheeler that’s loaded for bear,” Rosen says, “It’s a 74-foot long tractor trailer, that’s tricked out with broadband internet access, HD monitors, an awesome sound system, and lots of interactive video and instructional material about downloading e-books from the Chapel Hill Public Library.”

Rosen says library staff members will be there to answer questions, help people browse the library collections, and see what it is the new library has to offer.

“We’re really hoping to expand people’s awareness of their community-owned resources at the library,” Rosen says.

WCHL’s own Aaron Keck will host the Dance Evolution stage. The stage will feature a lot of different types of dance, and dance productions.

“They’re going to get the crowd pretty involved, so you might find yourself on stage,” Tilghman says, “There will be lots of fun, local entertainers that everyone knows, and have heard before.”

Tilghman and Rosen hope you come out Sunday to support local artists, to purchase gifts, to grub on great, local dishes; or go to browse 6 blocks of Chapel Hill and Carrboro’s finest.

For more information about Festifall, click here.