Help Bull City Ciderworks Move to New Durham Location!

Bull City Ciderworks

Photo courtesy Stacey Price Sprenz

Bull City Ciderworks produces delicious modern ciders from locally sourced NC apples. The renovated auto garage they operate out of in Durham has become a popular destination for the public to come try their ciders and enjoy local food trucks on weekends. Unfortunately the ciderworks has hit an unexpected bump in the road. The Durham police department has purchased the property on which they currently reside and they’re forced to relocate their business in order to make way for the new police headquarters.

The timing of this is very unfortunate as the scheduled date they must be out coincides with next seasons apple harvest. In order to keep the cider flowing they must vacate much sooner rather than later and rebuild the cidery from scratch. This is where you can help. Please check out their kickstarter campaign and consider becoming a backer to help support this local business as they make the best of a tough situation and work hard to upfit a great new location in Durham. For more information visit

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Raleigh’s Fat Tuesday Celebration on Fayetteville Street ~ Saturday Feb. 28th!


My top pick for this weekend is the Big Easy Restaurant Group’s “Fat Tuesday on Fayetteville Street” block party, scheduled for this Saturday, February 28th. All the fun will take place on the 200 block of Fayetteville Street in Downtown Raleigh (map).

“Our goal is to bring the downtown community together for a celebration before the traditional observance of Lent,” says Big Easy Manager Frank Ferlo. “We’re throwing a unique, New Orleans-style Mardi Gras party with live music, street performers, food trucks, games, prizes, giveaways and artisans.”

The event will take place from noon to 10 pm, is open to the public and free.

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“A Film About Coffee” Raleigh Premiere at Sola Coffee March 2nd & 16th

After screenings all over the world, Sola Coffee announces for two nights only the premiere of director Brandon Loper’s documentary “A Film About Coffee“.

The feature-length documentary from San Francisco-based production company and content collective, Avocados and Coconuts, and takes a deep dive into the specialty coffee industry, examining what it takes and what it means for coffee to be distinguished as “specialty.”

Film Synopsis
“A Film About Coffee” seeks to answer how the titular beverage has become a mainstay of culture all over the world. The film follows the production of coffee from farms in Honduras and harvests in Rwanda to its global consumption. Listening to farmers, buyers, roasters and baristas about the crop’s economic and environmental implications both locally and abroad, the narrative travels to coffee shops in Tokyo, Portland, Seattle, San Francisco and New York, with stops in between. Dropping in on artisanal cafes to investigate how each prepares its own unique cup, the film opens a window into the little-understood world of specialty coffee.

Dates & Ticket Info
Screenings are on March 2 and March 16 at Sola Coffee Cafe. Join the staff at 7pm for a coffee tasting with Counter Culture’s Lem Butler. The documentary begins at 7:30pm. Tickets may be purchased at Sola and are $10 (includes a complimentary coffee, beer or wine). Dinner may also be purchased. Space is limited. To guarantee a seat it is recommended that tickets be purchased ahead of time.


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Upcoming Triangle Spring Events 2015


I don’t know about you but I am already looking ahead to spring and warmer weather and the many fun events that are just around the corner. Below is a quick list of major annual spring events in the Triangle coming up in March, April and May. This list isn’t exhaustive, just a selection of major events that caught my eye. I’ll be adding others as I hear about them so check back each month. If you have any suggestions feel free to leave them in he comment below. I only note two large food truck rodeos but there are many other great food trucks events scheduled. Follow my friend The Wandering Sheppard to stay up to date on the latest food truck news and events. I’ll also be sharing about the upcoming annual outdoor concert series in a separate post in a few weeks. Here’s to warmer weather!

March 2015
5th – Empty Bowls 

7th – Nog Run Club St. Paddys Run Green 8k and Kilt Run 

8th – Durham Food Truck Rodeo 

8th – Bull City Food & Beer Experience

14th – Raleigh St. Patrick’s Day Parade

27th – Sarah P Duke Garden Spring Plant Sale

28th – Tour De Brew

28th – LoneRider Showdown

March 7th – April 26th – Taste 2015 A Celebration of Food and Drink

April 2015
9th – Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

11th – World of Beer Festival Raleigh

11th – Carrboro Open Streets

16-19th – Shakori Hills Grass Roots Music Festival

17th -26th – Wake Forest Herbfest

18th – Counter Culture Coffee 20th Anniversary Celebration

18th – NC Cuegrass Festival at The Pit BBQ

23rd – Midtown Beach Music Kickoff

24th-26th – Art of Cool Festival

25th – Spring Daze Arts and Crafts Festival Cary Bond Park

25th – Brewgaloo

25th-26th – Peidmont Farm Tour

April 30th – May 3rd – Raleigh Food & Wine Festival

May 2015
2nd – Apex Peak Festival

2nd-3rd – Oakwood Garden Tour & Tea

3rd – Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo

15th -17th – Artsplosure

15th-17th – Got To Be NC Festival

16th-17th – Hillsborough Spring Garden Tour

16th – Tour De Coup Raleigh

23rd – Annual Piedmont Car Show

30th – Durham Blues & Brews Festival

Have a suggestion? Feel free to leave it in the comment section below.


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Ella’s Race ~ 5K & 10K March 21st in Raleigh


Are you looking for a 5K , 10K or 1 mile fun run this month and want to support a great cause in the process? Well lace up your running shoes for Ella’s Race on Saturday March 21, 2015 hosted by Chick-fil-A Capital Crossing and Falls Village in North Raleigh. The race will benefit The Cure Starts Now and the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation to help pediatric research, aid, and support efforts for children with brain cancer & tumors.

The 10K and 5K races will include:

The 10K and 5K Race time is 8am. The 1 mile fun walk is at 9:30am. The course will take you through some of the nearby neighborhoods in beautiful North Raleigh. Directly beside the finish line of the race will be a FREE Family FunZone for children under 12 years of age. The Family FunZone will be open from 7:00-10:00AM on event day and will be filled with free activities and inflatables!

Ella’s Story
Ella was diagnosed April 29, 2008 with a Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma. This is a rare, aggressive, non-operable tumor located in the pons area of the brainstem. The prognosis for this type of tumor is extremely grim. There is no cure, no known effective treatment except for radiation-which, for some, provides only temporary relief of the symptoms. Ella lost her brave battle on Wednesday, February 8th while at home with her family.

How can you help
Run. Donate. Support. Proceeds of the Chick-fil-A Connect Race Series of Raleigh help organizations fight for children like Ella. Ella’s supporters believe in the work that The Cure Starts Now and the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation do. They are partnering to make this race a reality and to save children diagnosed with cancer and brain tumors.

Chance to win FREE Race Registration!
I have three FREE race registrations to give away to Triangle Explorer readers! To enter the giveaway just leave a comment below sharing why you like to run and whether you plan to run a 5k or a 10K. You can also earn additional entries into the drawing by sharing a link to this post about Ella’s Race on Twitter. Be sure to tag me @Trianglexplorer and use the hashtag #EllasRace so I can see you have shared the link. I will select 3 winners randomly on Monday March 16th and notify them by email with the promotional codes. Thank you for helping spread the word about this wonderful cause!

Ella’s Race 2015
When: Saturday March 21, 2015 at 8:00am
Where: Chick-fil-A at Falls Village – 6701 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh, NC
For more information about Ella’s Race and to register visit

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