This weekend marks the start of April and North Carolina Beer Month so there are plenty of craft beer related activities to check out in the next few days. Another favorite of mine this time of year is the Cedar Creek Pottery & Glass Festival in nearby Creedmoor. Also, happy to pass along that new Cocoa Cinnamon location in Durham is now open on Sundays and the Honeysuckle Tea House in Chapel Hill is now open for the 2016 season. Here are the rest of my top picks for the weekend:
Friday – April 1st
Casks on Fools at Crank Arm Brewery
At least 20 breweries are joining with Crank Arm to celebrate the kick off of NC Beer Month by bringing a signature cask. Portion of proceeds goes to NC Brewers Guild & NC Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Cedar Creek Glass & Pottery Festival
The glass and potter festival at Cedar Creek in Creedmoor runs Friday-Sunday. Includes demos, workshops, local vendors and daily food trucks.
Saturday – April 2nd
Bond Brothers Beer Grand Opening in Cary
Celebrate the grand opening of the highly anticipated new brewery in Downtown Cary. Festivities include live music from local touring artists, Chatham County Line and Diamond Creek! Local food truck favorites attending include: The Humble Pig, Pie Pushers, Chirba Chirba, Heavy Metal Grillers, CJ’s Street Food, and Sweet Traditions. There will be new releases of Bond Brothers beer, special collaboration beers, plus raffles and more!
LoneRider Beer Showdown
Lonerider Brewing Company presents a day of beer, bands and other great entertainment with a portion of proceeds going to benefit the Lung Cancer Initiative NC.
Tour De Brew
What better way to solve a world crisis (lack of clean water) than spending a day with friends exploring new breweries, joining one of the bike rides, or just hanging out at the Tour de Brew party?
Sunday – April 3rd
Free Coffee from Allegro Coffee Bus
Keep an eye out for the Allegro Coffee Bus this at the Durham Whole Foods. The bus is a restored vintage 1951 bus that’s been outfitted as a mobile coffee bar and they will be in Durham Sunday from 2-5pm giving out free coffee and tea drinks.
Bonus: Fariview Garden Garden Center – FREE Classes
Fairview Garden Center, one of the largest garden centers in the Triangle, will be hosting a series of free classes throughout the months of March, April and May with the goal of empowering local community members to take charge of their family’s nutrition and learn to enjoy the act of gardening.
Do you really know where our food comes from? Are you inspired by your neighbor’s garden and want to start your own? This series will cover these topics and more. All classes will be taught by Fairview’s owner and certified horticulturist, Brad Rollins and his wife Heather every Saturday at the garden center located at 8422 Holly Springs Road in Raleigh. Saturday classes are followed by a mini food truck rodeo featuring two local, gourmet food trucks each day. Classes are free to attend and are open to the general public.
Upcoming classes include:
March 31 – Greenhouse Safari for the Kids
April 2 – Easy Edibles
April 17 and May 14 – Container Gardening
May 7 – Big Color, Easy Plants
May 21 – Organic Gardening
To see the full list of upcoming events or to register for free, visit http://fairviewgardencenter.com/about/classes-events/.