After hunkering down and hibernating for the winter, we’re all pretty stir crazy by spring.
Thankfully, the Triangle leaps into festival mode to help us all reenter society. Here are the food and street festivals worth checking out this spring, many drawing dozens of breweries and local restaurants.
Taste: A Celebration of Food and Drink
The details: April 18-22. tastetheevent.com
The multi-day event spotlights Triangle chefs with a grand tasting, gluten-free wine-pairing dinner and artisan cocktail dinner. Tickets are sold out for the grand tasting, but they remain for the dinners.
Cary’s Downtown Chowdown and Rodeo on Rosemary
Cary and Chapel Hill host their food truck rodeos on the same day: April 22. Go to the town’s respective sites for details.
Cary: South Academy Street, between Dry Avenue and Waldo Street, Cary. townofcary.org. A food truck rodeo in downtown Cary features a roster of Triangle food trucks, plus beer and wine vendors. The lineup hadn’t been announced yet.
Chapel Hill: noon to 4 p.m. East Rosemary Street in front of Wallace Parking Deck. 15 trucks, plus kids activities. facebook.com/CHCommunityArts
The details: April 27-28. City Plaza and Fayetteville Street, Downtown Raleigh. shoplocalraleigh.org/brewgaloo
Downtown Raleigh hosts one of the state’s largest beer festivals, pouring brews from more than 100 North Carolina breweries and drawing more than 50 food trucks. A Friday night block party is at City Plaza, with breweries pouring samples of beers that won’t be around on Saturday. Those tickets are $45. The Saturday festival is free to attend, with samples and full pints available for purchase.
Garner Strawberry Festival
The details: April 29, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Technology Drive off of N.C. 42, Garner
A strawberry in the springtime is a thing to be celebrated, and the Garner-Cleveland Chamber of Commerce throws this free festival each year.
Related: See photos from last year’s Brewgaloo below!
Bull City Food & Beer Experience
The details: Feb. 25, 4 p.m. Durham Performing Arts Center, 123 Vivian St., Durham. bullcityexperience.com
The 6th annual festival features more than 30 Durham restaurants and food trucks serving plates of food as well as 30 craft breweries from around the world pouring brews, all within the glass palace of DPAC. Tickets appear to be sold out at press time.
Durham Food Truck Rodeo
The details: March 11, noon to 4 p.m. Durham Central Park, Durham. durhamcentralpark.org
This the second of five food truck rodeos scheduled this year in Durham, which typically bring more than 50 food trucks and a roster of local breweries. More are sheduled June 17, Sept. 2 and Nov. 4.
St. Patrick’s Day
The details: March 17. Downtown Raleigh. raleighstpats.org
The annual parade (10 a.m. to noon) and festival falls on a Saturday this year. A host of food vendors will be on hand to balance this holiday that’s often about the beer. Of course, if beer is what you want, head to Isaac Hunter’s Tavern, 414 Fayetteville St., in downtown Raleigh by 2 p.m. for an epic bar crawl. Find details at raleighstpats.com.