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Weekend Picks! June 7-9th

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The theme of this weekend’s picks is coffee and food! Starting with celebration of the 1st Anniversary of Raleigh’s own Slingshot Coffee on Friday and wrapping up with a massive Food Truck Rodeo on Sunday. See below for all my picks of places and events to check out this weekend!

Friday June 7th

Slingshot Coffee Anniversary Party at Oak City Cycling
Slingshot Coffee (Cold Brew Coffee made right here in Raleigh) is one year old this month and celebrating June’s First Friday birthday-style with their roommates Oak City Cycling Project. Swing by for a special new Slingshot Cold Brew cocktail (or two), tasty beer and food from Captain Ponchos… even a pinata or two.  To top it all off, they’ll have birthday cupcakes and The Parlour ice cream bus! Stop by to say hello, have some good drinks, some good sweets, some good fun.

When: Friday 6-10 pm
Where: 212 E. Franklin St. Raleigh – Slingshot Coffee Co. HQ/Oak City
More Info: website

Saturday June 8th

The Hills to Holly Water Music Arts Tour
Special thanks to Kim over at Triangle Localista for sharing news about this fun event! The Hills To Holy Water Music Arts Tour is bringing local NC flavor and entertainment to Moore Square in downtown Raleigh. Join them for an afternoon in the park to support NC Catch fisheries, local farms and breweries and help raise money for Nourish International and the NC Coastal Federation. Menu items include a good ‘ol fashioned fish fry, steamed clams, an assortment of delectable seafood plates and cold craft beer. So bring a blanket and a chair and big appetites for NC Fresh Catch: Fresh Seafood, Fresh Music, Fresh Beer, Fresh Art. This is an all ages, kid friendly show.

When: Saturday 1-7pm
Tickets: $5 for general entry
Where:  Moore Square – Downtown Raleigh
More Info: website

Sunday June 9th

Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo – 50+ Trucks!
Downtown Raleigh is set to host it’s second large scale Food Truck Rodeo to date this Sunday. This time there will be even more trucks with over 50 food trucks lined up single file along Fayetteville Street. There will also be beer and coffee for sale, in addition seating. There is sure to be a crowd, so get there early and avoid the long lines!

When: Sunday 12-5pm
Where: Fayetteville Street, Downtown Raleigh
More Info: website

Raleigh Public Record Pig Pickin’ & Pie Baking Contest
Join the great people behind the Raleigh Public Record for local food, including a sustainably raised hog, local beer and great discussion on local news and issues. This year’s party includes musical entertainment and a pie-baking contest. To help them know how many people to expect, please RSVP at the website below.

When: Sunday 3-6pm
Where: 907 Glenwood Avenue (next to Fred Fletcher Park)
More Info: website

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Picture of the Week: Yarn Bomb!


I snapped this week’s picture last Friday while walking back to which was parked by the Oak City Cycling Project on Franklin Street in downtown Raleigh. I had just picked up my race packet for the Krispy Kreme challange at the Krispy Kreme shop on Person Street and caught a glimpse of this sneaky cat out of the corner of my eye. While amusing myself with the cat’s antics I noticed this colorful creation known as a”yarn bomb”.

In case you didn’t know, a “yarn bomb” is a type of street art that uses colorful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn or fiber rather than paint or chalk. You see them most often in downtown urban areas though they sometimes appear on traffic signs out in the suburbs. Either way, I thought it was a nice addition to the streetscape and I plan to keep an eye out for other examples around downtown.


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First Friday at Oak City Cycling Project with Slingshot Coffee Co. HQ Opening Tonight!


Oak City Cycling Project
212 East Franklin St. Raleigh, NC

This past summer I stopped by Oak City Cycling Project during a First Friday in downtown Raleigh. I was blown away by how cool this place is and intrigued by the idea of a bike shop featuring art and serving as a community meeting place. Oak City Cycling is all that and more. It is now one of my favorite places to visit on First Fridays in Raleigh. If you haven’t been by their shop yet you have another chance to check them out tonight, Friday November 2, starting around 6pm for this month’s First Friday celebration presented by the cool people at NewRaleigh.com.



As described on their website, Oak City Cycling Project is “a local, independent cycling shop focused on increasing bicycle ridership through sales, service, outreach, and community.” When I was there I notice a wide range of awesome used bikes and I have heard great things about the people there and the services they offer. Though I am not currently and avid cyclist I plan to purchase a bike in 2013 and plan to hit up Oak City Cycling when I am ready to pull the trigger on a purchase.


Checking out artwork inside Oak City Cycling Project

Tonight’s first Friday event at Oak City Cycling is extra special because it will not only feature great artwork by local Raleigh artists Becky Joye, but it also marks the opening of Slingshot Coffee Company’s new headquarters which is now located within part of the Oak City Cycling building. The festivities tonight also include acoustic music and three local food trucks: American Meltdown, Captain Pancho’s Tacos, and Bulkogie Korean BBQ.


Slingshot Coffee Sampling at previous First Friday

About Slingshot Coffee
Slingshot Coffee Co. was started by Raleigh resident Jenny Bonchak earlier this year. Jenny creates hand-crafted cold brew coffee in small batches using fair trade organic coffee beans from local roaster Counter Culture Coffee in Durham. The 16 oz. bottles of cold brew are sold in two forms, a ready-to-drink version and in concentrate form. The ready-to drink bottle makes for two servings while the concentrate will create 6 individual servings. Cold brew can be consumed both as a cold beverage or combined with other ingredients to make delicious hot & cold cocktails.


Slingshot Coffee Cold Brew

Slingshot Coffee Co. cold brew is made with beans that are in season, meaning the flavor is evolving seasonally throughout the year. I last had it during the summer and look forward to trying it again now that it is fall and it is being made with a new variety of beans. You can read more about Slingshot Coffee and where you can purchase it from local retailers on the company website and facebook page.


Oak City Cycling Lounge Area

First Friday at Oak City Cycling – Presented by New Raleigh

Friday, November 2, 2012 at 6 p.m.

Oak City Cycling Project/Slingshot Coffee Co. HQ
212 E. Franklin St.  Raleigh, North Carolina (Map)

For more information about tonight’s First Friday event at Oak City Cycling check out the facebook event page.


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