Presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina

Friday, June 3 - Sunday, June 5, 2016

Celebrating Local Food & Local Farms

Please join us for an amazing weekend celebrating our region's rich bounty of local foods and honoring the skillful farmers and chefs who artfully produce and prepare them!

Photos from last year's picnic, courtesy of the Raleigh Telegram.

2016 Weekend Schedule

6 PM

Sustainable Supper & Square Dance

Haw River Ballroom, Saxapahaw

Join us for an unforgettable, educational, and high energy, family-friendly evening at the Haw River Ballroom in Saxapahaw. Special guest Deb Eschmeyer (invited), is Executive Director of Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Initiative and Co-Founder of FoodCorps, a national organization whose mission is to connect kids to healthy food in schools. We will begin with an inspirational conversation with three North Carolina FoodCorps service members, followed by a talk by Eschmeyer about the importance of engaging youth in the food system and physical activity. Eshmeyer’s talk will be followed by a delicious, sustainable dinner from the brand-new Durham restaurant PICNIC, ice cream cones from the Howling Cow creamery at NC State University, and drinks provided by The Haw River Brewery and the Haw River Wine Man. Evening festivities will include a lively, kid-friendly square dance led by Randy Lewis of the award-winning documentary The Last Barn Dance, bluegrass with Tommy Edwards and the Bluegrass Experience, and entertainment by the Paperhand Puppet Intervention.

Tickets for this event are $35 for adults, $15 for kids 8-12 and free for those under 7 years old. You can opt to include bus transit round-trip from Carrboro for an additional $10 per ticket.

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6 PM

Dinner with Chefs Sam Kass & Andrea Reusing

The Durham Hotel, Downtown Durham

James Beard Award - winning Chef, Andrea Reusing of Lantern Restaurant, and President Obama’s former personal chef and assistant White House chef Sam Kass will co-host a very special evening at The Durham Hotel in downtown Durham. Kass, who has served as President Obama’s Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition will offer some thoughts on children’s nutrition and how to help children achieve healthier lifestyles. The conversation with Sam will be followed by a five-course dinner prepared jointly by Reusing and Kass, with wine pairings presented by sommelier Maximilian Kast of the Fearrington House Restaurant. Lively entertainment will be provided by the Grammy nominated John Brown Jazz Ban. The evening is generously presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina.

Tickets are $195 per person or $220 to include a signed copy of Andrea Reusing's Cooking in the Moment cookbook.

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4 - 7 PM

Farm to Fork Picnic

Breeze Family Farm, Hurdle Mills

The weekend culminates Sunday with the ninth Farm to Fork Picnic at Breeze Farm in Hurdle Mills. The picnic features over three dozen chefs producing bite-size dishes featuring local, seasonal ingredients grown by a local farm paired with that chef. The event also spotlights fourteen local food artisans and breweries; each providing samples of their products, and local wine, coffee and tea companies. Live music will be provided by local bands Big Fat Gap and the Holland Brothers. The weekend is presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina. The picnic will take place rain or shine.

Tickets for the picnic are $100 per adult and kids under 12 are free.

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Farm to Fork is an initiative of the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) and the WC Breeze Family Farm. Farm to Fork fundraising efforts operate under the auspices of the NC Agricultural Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization.


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