Celebrating Local Food & Local Farms


Farm to Fork is Now Celebrating Local Food Year-Round!

North Carolina has a year-round growing season, and Farm to Fork is celebrating by spreading our 2018 events out over several seasons. This year's lineup begins with the perennial favorite Farm to Fork Picnic, where the area's best farmers and chefs are paired together to create delectable bite-size dishes that inspire and amaze. The event is a celebration of our local food community and the people who work so hard to bring delicious local foods to our plates year-round.

The fun continues in the fall with a pop-up dinner featuring Jacob Boehm of Snap Pea Underground & Catering, and then in the winter we'll welcome John T. Edge, Director of the Southern Foodways Alliance, to join us for a celebration of Southern foods.

Not only are the Farm to Fork Events delicious, they also benefit a great cause. All proceeds support beginning farmer programs at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) and Breeze Farm. Please join us at one, two, or all three events - we look forward to seeing you there!

Photos from the 2016 picnic, courtesy of the Rachel Mcclain Photography.

10 Year Anniversary video, courtesy of Big Dog Little Bed Productions.


4 - 7 PM

Farm to Fork Picnic (SOLD OUT)

Fearrington Village in Pittsboro

The Farm to Fork Picnic will launch our year-round celebration on Sunday, June 3. A joyous tribute to local foods and the people who produce and create them, Bon Appétit magazine called it "the country's best all-you-can-eat feast"! We'll return to the beautiful grounds of Fearrington Village, where dozens of our area's best chefs, farmers, artisan producers and beverage providers will create a dizzying array of delectable dishes highlighting the bounty of the season. The Picnic also features fun activities for children, live music, and surprises!

Tickets for the picnic are $100 per adult, $50 for ages 13-20 (no alcohol), and kids 12 and under are free.


5:30 - 9 PM

pop-up dinner featuring Jacob Boehm of Snap Pea Underground & Catering

We'll reconvene on November 4 with a pop-up dinner featuring Jacob Boehm of Snap Pea Underground & Catering. Boehm's monthly dinner events are the stuff of legend across the Triangle. The self-taught chef dazzles guests with a multi-course, hyper-local meal designed around a compelling theme, gathering diners in bucolic outdoor settings or dramatic indoor spaces not typically associated with fine dining. While specific details will not be announced until days before the event, we guarantee that Boehm will be cooking with seasonal ingredients at their peak, provided by some of our best known farm partners. Libations provided by The Haw River Wine Man, Honeygirl Meadery, Fullsteam and TOPO Organic Spirits.

Tickets are $150 per person.


6 - 9 PM

Celebration of Southern Food with John T. Edge

Lavender Oaks Farm in Chapel Hill

On December 6, we'll present our final event of the series amid the fragrant setting of Lavender Oaks Farm in Chapel Hill with guest speaker John T. Edge, author of critically acclaimed The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South. A prolific writer and insightful social commentator, Edge is director of the influential Southern Foodways Alliance.

This celebration of Southern food will be a sort of moveable feast, with dishes prepared by 8 prominent area chefs at different stations. Participants include: Sean Fowler of Mandolin in Raleigh; Cheetie Kumar of Garland in Raleigh; Brendan Cox of Oakleaf in Chapel Hill; Wyatt Dickson of Picnic in Durham; Ricky Moore of Saltbox in Durham; Robert Kinneen of the Boot in Durham; Alexander Kast of Uli's Raclette; Jonathan Fisher and Phoebe Lawless.

Beverage sponsors include Carrboro Coffee Roasters, Fullsteam Brewery, Haw River Wine Man, TOPO Organic Spirits and Honeygirl Meadery.

Live music by the Counter Clockwise Band.

Tickets are $45 per person.

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Farm to Fork Sustainer

Maximize your impact by becoming a Farm to Fork Sustainer. Your Sustainer ticket includes passes to both Fall and Winter events AND a $55 tax deductible donation to the cause. Sustainer tickets directly support our beginning farmer programs at the highest level. You will receive a Farm to Fork magnet to show your support when you're on the go.

Tickets are $250 per person.

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Farm to Fork is an initiative of the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) and a fundraiser for the beginning farmer programs at CEFS 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.