Foodies, Unite

Attention foodies: This fest is worth the trip to Chapel Hill. 

The TerraVITA Food & Wine Event, named among the “10 Southern Food Festivals You Need to Taste,” returns this weekend for its fourth season, featuring renowned North Carolina chefs, artisans and makers of top sustainable wines, microbrews and spirits.

Local participants in TerraVITA include An Cuisines, Little Hen Restuaurant, Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen, LaFarm Bakery, Herons and The Chef's Academy.

The event marks a mission led by Colleen Minton, TerraVITA founder and director, to increase awareness of the efforts of chefs and makers of fine wines and beverages committed to the principles of sustainable practices.

TerraVITA features 30 of the top-rated North Carolina sustainable chefs and artisan food purveyors, offering samples of fresh foods made from locally-grown ingredients. Nearly 20 of the leading biodynamic and organic wines and microbrews from North Carolina and around the world also will be highlighted, organizers said. 

Live music will be provided throughout the event, which also features a silent auction; auction proceeds benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

TerraVITA has also set the goal of producing a zero-waste event by using compostable and recyclable goods and recycling nearly all of the waste produced at the event. 

While most TerraVita events have sold out, tickets do remain for the Grand Tasting on The Green, this Saturday, Oct. 12 from 1 to 4:30 p.m., at The Green at Southern Village, 400 Market St., Chapel Hill.

The Grand Tasting offers flavors from across our state, with more than 30 chefs and food artisans, and more than 100 different beverages to choose from, including wine, craft beer, coffee and specialty cocktails.

Ticket prices start at $50; for more information, see

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