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Farm To Fork 2011 in NC

burgeoningfoodie Mar 29, 2011 07:26 AM

Does anyone have any information on the date of this event and when tickets will become available?

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    boaviagem RE: burgeoningfoodie Mar 29, 2011 08:50 AM

    The 2011 NC Farm to Fork Picnic will be on Sunday, June 26 at the Breeze Farm.
    Watch the CEFS and Farm to Fork websites for the official announcement and ticket info - maybe in about 3 weeks.

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      burgeoningfoodie RE: boaviagem Mar 29, 2011 08:52 AM

      I was afraid of that (meaning I can't attend). Thanks for the info as I'm sure lots of others will have a grand time. I kinda wish they'd do one in the Fall and one in the spring to celebrate the different crops that are out at that time.

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        LulusMom RE: boaviagem Mar 30, 2011 09:48 AM

        Do you happen to know if this is going to be another event where no one under drinking age is allowed? I understand why they have to do it, just wondering if this is the same thing. I'm solo with Lulu that week; my husband will be traveling, so I'll only get to go if she's allowed to come too. But I'd really like to.

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          burgeoningfoodie RE: LulusMom Mar 30, 2011 11:53 AM

          Last year there were kids a plenty.

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            LulusMom RE: burgeoningfoodie Mar 30, 2011 01:56 PM

            Ok great. I guess it was the other big food gathering where kids weren't allowed (because one ticket allowed you tastes of several beers, etc.).

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              rockycat RE: burgeoningfoodie Mar 30, 2011 02:55 PM

              Oh, yes. My little monster and one of her classmates nearly wiped out Jason Smith's non-alcoholic drinks. There were many under-agers and the ones that I saw had a great time. We haven't broken the date to my kid yet since she will be at camp and we still intend to go without her. She will be soooo ticked off.
              The beer tent was separate and you paid by the drink.

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          durhamois RE: burgeoningfoodie Mar 29, 2011 07:45 PM

          It's sold out :-(

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            brokegradstudent RE: durhamois Mar 29, 2011 08:17 PM

            Still the 2010 website, no?

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              boaviagem RE: durhamois Mar 30, 2011 05:03 AM

              The tickets for 2011 have not gone on sale yet. www.farmtoforknc.com is still showing last year's info.

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                burgeoningfoodie RE: boaviagem Mar 30, 2011 11:52 AM

                That is correct.

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              anne7134 RE: burgeoningfoodie Apr 5, 2011 08:53 AM

              Tickets are on sale now.

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                boaviagem RE: anne7134 Apr 5, 2011 02:55 PM

                Thanks for the info. Just last week I was told it would be three weeks before they went on sale.

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                  LindyD RE: anne7134 Apr 9, 2011 09:53 AM

                  Thanks so much - just go my tickets.

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                  durhamois RE: burgeoningfoodie Apr 9, 2011 11:02 AM

                  Has anyone been to this in the past? How was the food?

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                    boaviagem RE: durhamois Apr 9, 2011 06:19 PM

                    Absolutely incredible would be a serious understatement.

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                      burgeoningfoodie RE: durhamois Apr 11, 2011 10:57 AM

                      There are (like a restaurant) hits and misses, but more based on personal likes than the dish being awful. For instance, Herons had a gazpacho shooter that I liked, but my fiancee wouldn't try because it had some spice to it. I had a fish dish that Magnolia brought and I thought it was pretty awful, but someone else may have loved it.

                      I would say go. Yes it is 60 dollars which you could pay at a known great restaurant for 3 courses.. However here you are giving it to a good cause, if you don't like something you don't have to feel guilty about eating it, there is alcohol, it is outside (weather could be great), and the food is usually simple and tasty. Especially if they have lamby joes or Saxpahaw's shortrib sammich.

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                        Tom from Raleigh RE: durhamois Apr 13, 2011 06:27 AM

                        Now that I am sure we have purchased our tickets, I can safely say that Farm to Fork is our favorite foodie event of the year. It is worth rearranging your calendar to attend.

                        Our favorite dish was the roasted pig tails from a few years.

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                          boaviagem RE: Tom from Raleigh Apr 13, 2011 08:23 AM

                          The roasted pig tails - I still regret not trying one in 2009. They looked so good and they were not served last year.

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                            burgeoningfoodie RE: boaviagem Apr 14, 2011 01:21 PM

                            I think they try to switch it up each year.. though I guess like if the lamby joes are a signature come check us out kinda dish.. then stick with it.

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                              winedine RE: burgeoningfoodie Jun 20, 2011 09:48 AM

                              We are so excited to be going this year! I seem to recall a comment about bringing your own chairs? I can not find any postings about this. Any suggestions, comments people have to make our afternoon there more enjoyable are greatly appreciated!

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                                meatn3 RE: winedine Jun 20, 2011 10:16 AM

                                Last year there was a large tent that had the silent auction items and the beer and such. ISTR there were some chairs in there.

                                There are some hay bales scattered about, but most people bring chairs or a blanket. It was HOT last year and I was envious of those with beach umbrellas!

                                Be aware that parking is far enough away from the event that you will want to watch the weight of what you pack in. You may want to bring bug spray. This is in the middle of a field which can be mucky if wet, so appropriate footwear is best. I saw a woman having a rough time with her high heels last year!

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                                  rafeco RE: meatn3 Jun 20, 2011 10:51 AM

                                  Thanks for this post. These are the sorts of details that I usually fail to get before attending an event for the first time.

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                                    meatn3 RE: rafeco Jun 21, 2011 09:21 AM

                                    Oh, this caused a little confusion last year for us 1st timers - they didn't send out tickets. They just had a checkoff list when you arrived.

                                    I'm unable to attend this year so not sure if that is still the ca!se

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                                      winedine RE: meatn3 Jun 21, 2011 03:37 PM

                                      I just received an email from Farm to Fork that clarifies things quite a bit; about tickets, parking, time frame, what is in what tents, what to bring, etc. So excited to be going!

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                                    burgeoningfoodie RE: meatn3 Jun 21, 2011 05:55 AM

                                    It will be a scorcher again this year with a chance of showers. High is going to be around 89. I went last year and you should act like you are going to a big picnic. If you don't mind standing than don't bring a chair. YOu can bring a blanket just as well, but do bring something to sit on is my recommendation.

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                          LindyD RE: burgeoningfoodie Jun 21, 2011 07:44 AM

                          Does anyone have an extra ticket for sale or know where or how I might obtain one.

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                            meatn3 RE: LindyD Jun 21, 2011 09:19 AM

                            Last year there was a last minute post by someone who couldn't attend with tickets to sell. Perhaps it will happen again.

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                            LindyD RE: burgeoningfoodie Jun 21, 2011 03:58 PM

                            Get Ready Ya'll !
                            18 SEABOARD
                            AYRSHIRE FARM
                            BLUEBIRD MEADOWS
                            CANE CREEK FARM
                            CELEBRITY GOAT DAIRY
                            CHAPEL HILL CREAMERY
                            CHAPEL HILL CREAMERY
                            CHEF AND THE FARMER
                            CHICKEN BRIDGE BAKERY
                            COON ROCK FARM
                            CORE SOUND SEAFOOD
                            COZI FARM
                            DOS PERROS
                            DOS TAQUITOS CENTRO
                            DUTCH BUFFALO FARM
                            EASTERN CAROLINA ORGANICS
                            EDIBLE PIEDMONT
                            ELAINE’S ON FRANKLIN
                            ELODIE FARMS
                            FARMER'S DAUGHTER BRAND
                            FARMHAND FOODS
                            FICKLE CREEK FARM
                            FOUR LEAF FARM
                            FOWL ATTITUDE FARM
                            FULLSTEAM BREWERY
                            GLASS HALF FULL
                            GOAT LADY DAIRY
                            GRANITE SPRINGS FARM
                            HICKORY MOUNTAIN FARM
                            HILLSBOROUGH CHEESE COMPANY
                            IL PALIO
                            IRREGARDLESS CAFÉ
                            LA RESIDENCE
                            LIL’ FARM
                            LUCKY 32 SOUTHERN KITCHEN
                            MAGNOLIA GRILL
                            MAPLE SPRING GARDENS
                            MASSEY CREEK FARMS
                            MCADAMS FARM
                            MILLARCKEE FARM
                            NEAL’S DELI
                            OKFUSKEE FARM
                            PEREGRINE FARM
                            PERRY-WINKLE FARM
                            POOLE’S DINER
                            PRODIGAL FARM
                            RARE EARTH FARMS
                            SAGE & SWIFT
                            SARI SARI SWEETS
                            SAXAPAHAW GENERAL STORE
                            SIX PLATES WINE BAR
                            STONE'S THROW PIZZA
                            SUNSET FARMS
                            THE CAROLINA INN
                            TYLER’S TAPROOM
                            WALTERS UNLIMITED
                            WATTS GROCERY
                            WEAVER STREET MARKET BAKERY
                            WHITTED BOWERS FARM
                            WILD HARE FARM
                            ZELY & RITZ

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                              brokegradstudent RE: burgeoningfoodie Jun 26, 2011 08:30 PM

                              For those lucky enough to have gone, what stood out? What did those of us who couldn't make it miss out on?

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                                brsmith2 RE: brokegradstudent Jun 27, 2011 03:38 AM

                                I didn't get to try nearly everything as I was chasing my three year old around most of the time, and she got tired after a while, but some of the best things I had were:

                                1) Arancini from Toast Restaurant: grilled eggplant, Carolina gold rice, and CH Creamery smoked mozzerlla, served on heirloom tomato passata. These things were huge.

                                2) Two things from Magnolia Grill: One was a CH Creamery mozzerella and tomato "summer pudding", which was more like a soft caprese-flavored bread pudding sandwich (?); the other was a CH Creamery quark panna cotta with blackberry and cornmeal shortbread. Both extremely delicious.

                                3) Orechiette from Il Palio: with sausage, zucchini, peppers, pesto, asiago, and a liberal application of olive oil

                                4) Tomato popsicle from Watts Grocery

                                5) Squash fritter from Market Restaurant: herbed soft pillow of squash with sweet tomato chutney

                                6) Sausages from Farmhand Foods, especially the spicy one

                                7) Black and blue Berry Buckle from Scratch

                                8) The pizza from Stone's Throw Pizza was pretty good

                                Like I said, I really didn't try everything, and I couldn't anyway, as I got really stuffed even splitting stuff with my daughter. There were some things that sounded great but were only so-so, but overall the event was really awesome. I felt like they could have had a lot more people attend, as it was really easy to just stroll up to each tent and get whatever you wanted - there was no waiting in line at all. Already looking forward to next year!

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                                  LindyD RE: brokegradstudent Jun 27, 2011 04:42 AM

                                  It was an amazing event. Perfect summer weather and a picturesque setting. This year there was an enormous tent with tables and chairs so there was comfortable seating out of the sun.
                                  With 30 farms and restaurants paired up it was wild, wild wild! creative food! over the top!
                                  My favorites:
                                  1. Cane Creek Farm & Il Palio - Orecchiette Genovese: Italian Sausage with squash, zucchini, red and yellow peppers, pesto, Chapel Hill Creamery Asaigo cheese and white wine. Amazing combination of flavors and to the minute fresh.
                                  2. Rare Eath Farms & Herons's - Smoked grass-fed beef brisket with pickled tomato barbecue
                                  3. Massey Creek Farms & Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen - Smoked lamb sliders
                                  4. Four Leaf Farm & Poole's Diner - newley dug potatoes with pickled beans, charred onions, cherry tomatoes and bacon aioli
                                  5. Sunset Farms & Piedmont - gazpacho, blue crab-basil salad, old bay potato chips
                                  6. Coon Rock Farm & Zely & Ritz
                                  Sungold tomato, cucumber & bell pepper salad with sweet onion vinaigrette
                                  7.Whitted Bowers Farm & Scratch - Black and blue berry buckle, Heirloom melon agua fresca with bitter coffee ice
                                  8. Chapel Hill Creamery & Magnolia Grill - Quark panna cotta with cornmeal shortbread
                                  7. Full Steam Brewery Beer - Summer Basil Farmhouse Ale.

                                  Lucky 32 Restaurant
                                  109 S Stratford Rd, Winston Salem, NC 27104

                                  Zely & Ritz
                                  301 Glenwood Ave Ste 100, Raleigh, NC 27603

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                                    rafeco RE: LindyD Jun 27, 2011 07:55 AM

                                    I posted some pictures of the event (mostly of the individual dishes) here:


                                    I thought the pasta from Il Palio was really great. The braised pork posole from Watts Grocery was really good, too, as was the Bruschetta from the Chef and the Farmer. I also really liked the Black and Blue Berry Buckle. I thought the potato salad from Poole's was excellent (great aioli). And I made multiple stops to get donuts from Sari Sari Sweets.

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                                      LindyD RE: rafeco Jun 27, 2011 12:05 PM

                                      Great photos! Do I really have to wait a whole year for the next one?

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                                    rockycat RE: brokegradstudent Jun 27, 2011 08:26 AM

                                    I'll second most of what everyone's already said. I think I'm still suffering from a food hangover, but I'm ready to go at it again. So sorry I didn't get to try the donuts and I only had a tiny nibble of the lamb sliders but I was soooo stuffed. Oh, and the flatbread from Scratch was also very good.

                                    I wanted to give a couple of shoutouts:
                                    Thank you to whoever decided to put up the central tent. It was a very welcome upgrade from last year.

                                    Thank you to all the chefs who were willing to accomodate "special orders." So many dishes had cilantro garnishes and nobody gave me any problems about making me a plate without cilantro. I'm sorry I had to skip a good number of other dishes in which cilantro was integral. There seemed (at least to me) to be too many of those. One of my friends does not eat pork and many chefs were even willing to make her pork-free plates, when possible. Big thanks for your consideration.

                                    Looking forward to next year....

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                                    burgeoningfoodie RE: burgeoningfoodie Jun 29, 2011 10:27 AM

                                    So sorry I missed this one but was busy getting married. Too bad I couldn't have combined the two. The Arancini sounds delicious. Were they fried to order... well not order but you know.

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                                        meatn3 RE: burgeoningfoodie Jun 29, 2011 07:19 PM

                                        Maybe this can become an anniversary tradition?!

                                        Best wishes to you both and many happy years (and meals)!

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                                          burgeoningfoodie RE: meatn3 Jun 30, 2011 06:39 AM

                                          except that it is a moving date ;-) I still think they should have one in the spring/summer and one in the fall/winter to highlight the different crops.

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                                            meatn3 RE: burgeoningfoodie Jun 30, 2011 09:21 AM

                                            The moving date just extends your celebration!

                                            I agree on other dates completely! Plus it wouldn't be so hot.

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                                              LindyD RE: burgeoningfoodie Jun 30, 2011 02:58 PM

                                              I bet this time of the year is best because of all the fresh vegetables that are coming in that will not be available later.

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