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Beericana Craft Beer & Music Festival September 27th – Holly Springs, NC

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If you like craft beer, live music, and food trucks this event is for you! Mark your calendars for September 27th and make plans to be at Sugg Farm Park in Holly Springs, NC to attend the first annual Beericana Craft Beer and Music Festival.

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Craft Breweries
Hundreds of American craft beers will be available to sample from more than 50 breweries from the Triangle to California. Located just 20 minutes from downtown Raleigh and 30 minutes from Durham, this event is the perfect opportunity for beer aficionados, beer lovers, and the casual beer drinker to meet brewers and brewery representatives and learn about their beers.

  • Breweries Participating Include (but are not limited to): AleSmith, Aviator, Bear Republic, Big Boss, Bombshell, Brice’s Brewing, Brueprint, Bull City Ciderworks, Carolina Brewery, Carolina Brewing Co, Compass Rose, Crank Arm, Deep River, Double Barley, Draft Line, Flat Top, Florida Brewing, Foothills, Fortnight, Front Street, Fullsteam, Gizmo, Haw River, Lagunitas, Lonerider, Mystery, Natty Greene’s, New Belgium, Nickelpoint, Olde Hickory, Oskar Blues, Railhouse, Regulator, Sierra Nevada, Starpoint, Steel String, Sub Noir, The Olde Mecklenburg, The Unknown, Triangle, Triple C, White Rabbit, White Street
  • VIP Breweries Participating Include (but are not limited to): Bear Waters, Birdsong, Burial, Catawba, Fonta Flora, NoDa, One World, Raleigh, Twin Leaf, Wicked Weed
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Music Lineup
Beericana is proud to bring in musical talent from around the state. Headlined by Asheville’s The Honeycutters, the stage will feature local bluegrass duo Lynda and Pattie as well as Darkwater Rising and Skinny Bag of Sugar. The inaugural festival will have the perfect soundtrack to enjoy some great brews on an early autumn afternoon.

  • Featured Musical Artists The Honeycutters (thehoneycutters.com); Lynda and Pattie (lyndaandpattie.com); Darkwater Rising (darkwaterrising.net); Skinny Bag of Sugar (skinnybag.com)

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Food Trucks
In addition to the tunes, the 2014 Beericana Craft Beer and Music Festival will feature over a dozen local food trucks! From Korean BBQ to pretzels to gourmet cupcakes, this year’s festival will provide food options sure to appeal to everyone!

  • Food Trucks Participating Include: All-American, Baguettaboutit, CJ’s Street Food, Dump Pho King, Hobby Hill Farm Fresh Pretzels, JAM Ice Cream, Ko Kyu BBQ, Not Just Icing, Olio and Aceto, Stuft, Tailgater Toby, Valentino’s

Ticket Info
Tickets for the 2014 Beericana Craft Beer and Music Festival are on sale now. General Admission tickets are $45 in advance and $55 at the door (if available). VIP Tickets are $75 online and will feature a 90 minute VIP-only time, as well as special beers from breweries not available to general admission. Tickets can be purchased online at www.beericana.com.

The festival offers a “Designated Driver” ticket price of $15, available online or at the door, to encourage attendee responsibility. There will also be plenty of cabs available from both Taxi Taxi and Safe Ride Home. For those driving, on-site parking will be plentiful and free!

Supporting Local
We are proud of the festival’s Holly Springs, NC roots.In an effort to do our part and give back to the Holly Springs and NC Beer communities, the Beericana Craft Beer and Music Festival is donating a portion of its proceeds to Meg’s Smile Foundation (megsmile.org) and The NC Brewers Guild (ncbeer.org).

Beericana Craft Beer & Music Festival
September 27th, 2014 12pm-6pm
Sugg Farn Park – Holly Springs, NC (map)
www.beericana.com
For updates & inside notes follow them on twitter @beericana and @919beer.

All attendees are urged to taste responsibly. Please know your limits. No one under the age of 21 will be admitted into the show. Valid photo identification must be presented.

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Cary Food Truck Rodeo Sunday June 22nd

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Chatham Street Chowdown – Cary, NC

I know Food Trucks have been at events in Cary before, but this is exciting because this event will be the first official “Food Truck Chowdown” hosted by the town. The fun goes down Sunday June 22nd 12-4:30pm on W. Chatham Street in downtown Cary. 15 local trucks are scheduled to feed the hungry crowd. Beer from Fortnight Brewing and wine from Chatham Hill Winery will be available for sale as well. Live Music by Russ Thompson 12-2 followed by tunes from Jacob Lutz 2:15-4:15

The list of scheduled food trucks is impressive and I highly recommend checking it out for a fun afternoon out with the your family. You can read more about the rodeo here: “Chatham Street Chowdown“.

Want More Food Truck News ? Follow This Guy!

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The Wandering Sheppard

As readers of my blog you know that from time to time I like to share news and features about local food trucks, but to keep up to date on ALL the latest food truck news I recommend you also follow my friend and local food truck guru The Wandering Sheppard. He publishes a weekly roundup of all the best weekend food truck events and shares daily food truck news and updates on twitter at @RUWandering.

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Parking Lot Party w/ Food Trucks at Taylor’s Wine Shop in Raleigh Saturday June 21st

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Taylor’s Wine Shop

Taylor’s Wine Shop is a hidden gem in North Raleigh. Don’t let its unassuming exterior fool you. This is a top notch wine shop with a nice selection of wines & craft beers offered by knowledgeable and friendly staff. Join them this Saturday, June 21st 1-4pm for one of Taylor’s famous Parking Lot Parties. The event will feature live music by Velvet Goldfish, Free beer and wine tastings, and two awesome local food trucks: Sol Tacos selling gourmet southern tacos & Not Just Icing offering delicious cupcakes. You can learn a little more about both of these great food trucks below.

Sol Tacos

Sol Tacos

Sol Tacos serves tacos in soft  hand made soft tortillas. Owner Andy Schaumann has worked in a kitchen his whole life and prides himself on using locally sourced southern organic ingredients whenever possible that compliment Mexican street food including herbs fresh from his own garden.

Sol Tacos Fish Taco

Buttermilk Fried Flounder Taco

I am a big fan of Sol Taco’s buttermilk fried flounder taco with cilantro sour cream, lettuce, and citrus radish salad. Other great menu offerings include the blackened chicken nacho taco, cheddar chuck burger and beer braised pulled pork tacos. I also here he may have a special side item this weekend. A stuffed avacado BLT with thick cut bacon, compari tomatoes, and maldon sea salt. You can read more about Sol Tacos in this great post about the truck by local food truck guru Art over at The Wandering Sheppard.

Not Just Icing

Not Just Icing

Not Just Icing  is the Triangle’s first mobile cupcakery making their cupcakes right there on the truck. They are committed to providing made from scratch, baked fresh daily on the truck scrumptious treats throughout the Triangle area. I’ve had their cupcakes a several times now and they are fantastic!

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Strawberry Delight

Not Just Icing’s cupcakes are made using all-natural ingredients with real butter instead of oils and real fruit instead of fruit flavored extracts. Their cupcakes are free of preservatives so they are best eaten the day you buy them. My current favorite cupcake is their “Strawberry Delight”, a vanilla cake with strawberry buttercream icing topped with a fresh strawberry slice.

Hope to see you at the party – make sure you bring a lawn chair and stay a while to enjoy the music!

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When:
 Saturday June 21st 1-4pm
Where: Taylor’s Wine Shop & BP – 1005, Six Forks Road (just north of I-540)

For more info about Taylor’s Wine Shop visit:
Taylor’s Website: http://www.taylorswineshop.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wineman.cash
Twitter: @TaylorsWineShop

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Weekend Picks: May 29th – June 1st

Apex Latino Arts Festival

Halle Cultural Arts Center ~ Apex, NC

Thursday May 29th

Oak City Seven Free Concert w/ Atlanta Rhythm Section
The Free Concert Series in downtown Raleigh’s City Plaza kicks off this Thursday 5-10:30pm with a lineup of live music headlined by the Atlanta Rhythm Section. The Chirba Chirba Food  truck will also be on hand to feed the hungry masses. Local brewers  selling their beer including White Street, Aviator, Big Boss, Triangle Brewing, and Lone Rider. 5-10:30pm Event Details

Music on the Back Porch atAmerican Tobacco Campus
The legendary Back Porch Music on the Lawn series returns Durham’s American Tobacco Campus May 15-September 7 with 8 free shows. This Thursday enjoy music by Mandolin Orange. Free Picnics and chairs welcome. Music starts at 6pm. Event Details

Friday May 30th

Durham Bulls Game w/ Fireworks!
The Durham Bulls take on Lehigh Valley Friday evening at 7:05. Make sure you stick around after the game for the Free Fireworks. The stadium was recently updated and now features more local beer and food options. The fireworks really are a nice show after the game! Event Details

Sol Tacos Food Truck at Big Boss Brewery
There is a new food truck in town. If you haven’t had a southern inspired gourmet taco from Sol Tacos yet you can find the truck this Friday at Big Boss Brewery starting at 5pm. My personal favorite is the buttermilk battered flounder fish taco for just $4. Tacos and beer go perfect together.

Blues on the Plaza at Northgate Mall
Free Blues Music show 6-9pm featuring Charlley Ward & friends including many of the Triangle’s best blues artists musicians. Food available for purchase from Papa Mojo’s Roadhouse, CJ’s Street food, and Iced Cupcakes; Beer available for purchase from Carolina Brewery. Event Details

Saturday May 31st

Saturdays at Saxapahaw
The Saxapahaw Rivermill weekly festivities include performances by top bands featuring bluegrass, back porch, blues, folk, gospel, latin, celtic, funk, roots, americana and old time music and a thriving Farmer’s Market with fresh local produce, cheese, eggs, baked goods, flowers, honey, organic meat, locally produced wine, hand made arts and crafts and more.  Saturday from 5pm-8pm. Admission is free though donations are appreciated. Event Details

Carolina Brewing Company Spring Bash
A family friendly event from 4-10pm at the brewery featuring live blues music, Food trucks, boucne house, corn hole  and $4 PINTS of CBC beer. Proceeds benefit the MS Society. Food trucks scheduled include Sol Tacos, Deli-icious, Jam Ice Cream, ans Valentinos. Event Details

Larkspur Garden Party
Great opportunity to visit a local private garden and browse works from local artists. The Alvarino Norwood family invites you  to visit their garden located off Atlantic Avenue in Raleigh this Saturday and Sunday. The garden is in full bloom and artists will be selling Saturday, May 31st from 10am until 6pm and Sunday, June 1st from 10am until 4pm. No early birds please. Event Details

Oxford Strawberry Jam Festival
Join the Granville Arts Council, Downtown Oxford Businesses, live bands and TONS of arts, crafts and food vendors for a jamming day kicking off the start of Summer. Event and Festivities will begin at 10 am and last through 4 pm. Keep an eye out for local food truck Not Just Icing serving their delicious cupcakes!  Event Details

Apex Latino Arts Festival
The Town of Apex will be captivated by the Latino Culinary Fest, dance, music, arts and crafts on Saturday May 31, 2014. Latino Art Exhibition at the Halle Cultural Arts Center, artisan bazaar, and a day full of family craft activities. Event Details

Sunday June 1st

Food Truck Rodeo in Carrboro benefiting Fix-a-Home
The community is invited to the food truck rodeo, 3-7 p.m., Sunday, June 1 at the Carrboro Town Commons. The rodeo will include the following food trucks: Parlez-Vous Crepe, Chirba Chirba Dumplings, Pie Pushers, Steel String Brewery, Captain Poncho’s Taco Truck, MaMa Duke’s, and Tar Heel Creamery. Event Details

Jazz Brunch at Weaver Street Market in Carrboro
Every Sunday in the Summer you can visit Weaver Street Market, grab some food, and find a spot on the lawn or under a tree and listen to music from 11am-1pm. This week music is provided by Bucket Brothers w/ Giffanzo & Pelli. Always a treat to visit downtown Carrboro in the Summer. Event Details

Mark Your Calendars ~ Upcoming June Events!

Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo –  June 8th
Find Over 50 of the Triangle’s most popular Food trucks in downtown Raleigh at the same time. Trucks line Fayetteville Street from the Capitol Building all the way to City Plaza. Serving from 1-6pm. Event Details

Txakolifest Wine & Food Event at Six Plates – June 14th
Two special sessions of wine and food at Six Plates featuring spritzy Basque wine, oysters, and pintxos (tapas). Six Plates teams up with the wine experts from Wine Authorities and several local chefs from several of the Triangles most celebrated restaurants for this special day of wine and food benefiting Urban Ministries of Durham. Event Details

New Belgium Tour De Fat – June 21st
Fun times, fun friends, fun bikes and fun beers. The Tour de Fat is back in Durham and better than ever! Bring a smile and your best costume, we’re about to have a good time. Event Details

 

 

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Fullsteam Brewery – Durham, NC

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I’m a big fan of the Triangle beer scene and one of my favorite local places to enjoy a pint is Fullsteam Brewery in Durham.  The brewery was opened by Sean Wilson, known as the “Chief Executive Optimist”, in a former 7Up bottling plant on Rigsbee Avenue back in 2009. It’s described as a “plow to pint” operation with a mission to craft the distinctly Southern beer that celebrates agriculture by using local seasonal ingredients while  fostering relationships with local farmers.


To me Fullsteam is much more than just a great brewery. When I visit the taproom the first thing that comes to my mind is community.  On any given visit you will find the space alive with activity and conversation. During the day you are likely see large groups of friends, families with their kids, and people with dogs gathered at the large communal picnic tables inside the spacious interior. As the day transitions into evening the crowd shifts over to primarily adults and all of Rigsbee Avenue seems to come to life.


I’ve enjoyed my fair share of pints sitting at one of the many orange tables inside.  There are also a few tables outside along the sunlit alley and two more tables out front in the area where the food trucks usually set. Check out With so much seating it easy to find a spot to sit and relax with your beer and food. Fullsteam is also simply a great spot to just sit back and people watch. There is a small stage that plays host to music on occasion on weekends, but for the most part the brewery serves as a community gathering space – a place for conversation over a good beer.


The beer offerings at the bar a very diverse and range from classics like a traditional American IPA to seasonal southern beers inspired by local agriculture like a sweet potato lager and a “Hogwash” hickory smoked brown porter. Fullsteam is know for making some interesting brews and they even feature beers from other local breweries on a few “guest taps”. Beers are available by the pint, half pint, tasting flights, and they even do growler fills.


As you first enter the brewery through the large red warehouse door you pass through a fun room filled with several classic arcade games along with a pinball machine and ping pong table. I think this room captures the youthful spirit of the brewery and further galvanizes the communal atmosphere.  On a given week the taproom plays hosts to events like belly dancing, trivia and yoga. There is even a run club that meets there each Wednesday.


Whether you are a casual beer drinker or a diehard craft beer enthusiasts I highly recommend a visit to Fullsteam during your next visit to the Bull City. Check out there event calendar before heading over to find out what is going on in the taproom and what food trucks will be parked there that evening. If you are thinking of heading over tonight (5/16) they are holding their Summer Basil release party starting around 6pm.

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Fullsteam is open Mon-Thurs: 4 p.m. – midnight, Friday: 2 p.m. – 2 a.m., Saturday: noon – 2 a.m., Sunday: noon – midnight. Drink local and support NC beer and agriculture!

Fullsteam Brewery

726 Rigsbee Avenue, Durham, NC 27701
website: http://www.fullsteam.ag
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fullsteambrewery
twitter: @fullsteam
instagram: @fullsteambrewery

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