When it comes to food festivals, I’m a big fan! Sampling delicious eats from a variety of local restaurants is always a fun day in my book. And I’d have to say that Thrive NC is one of my favorites after its inaugural run in 2018. Sponsored by Blue Cross/Blue Shield of North Carolina and supporting six local charities, Thrive NC is focused on resolving food insecurity in the state. Almost 1 in 5 children in North Carolina regularly deal with hunger and more then 600,000 households don’t have enough to eat.
NC Triangle Dining was invited to a kick-off event at the Transfer Co. Food Hall where we listened to all the details about the upcoming Thrive NC festival from Reagan Greene Pruitt (BCBS of NC), Earline Middleton (Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC) along with Nick Neptune and Joe Kwon representing Transfer Co. Food Hall. Over three days, Thrive NC will host a summit around food insecurity, a day of service along with two days of the public food festival, very cool. Tickets have already sold out for the 2019 Thrive NC food festival and all proceeds will benefit: Conetoe Family Life Center, Food Bank of CENC, NC Future Farmers of America, Alliance Medical Ministry, Band Together and Meals on Wheels Wake County. Get all the details on the main Thrive NC website!
In addition to doing all this great community work, Thrive NC will also showcase some of the best restaurants in the area, along with some of the best chefs, breweries and distilleries to sample from. For entertainment, Thrive NC will have cooking demos at Market Hall along with live music on an outdoors stage. It’s all a ton of fun and food at City Market for a great cause! Last year’s event enjoyed some perfect weather making for an amazing two evenings. Check out the lineups below for the demo stage and participating restaurants!
So hope to see you at City Market Hall on May 9 and 10 for an evening of fantastic food and serving a great cause, abolishing food insecurity in North Carolina! I’ll be raffling a couple of tickets to this sold out event in the next couple of weeks on my social channels, don’t miss out!
Vivian Howard and Ashley Christensen have announced their star-studded chef demo lineup for May 9 and 10 at Thrive NC presented by Blue Cross NC at City Market in Downtown Raleigh.
VIVIAN HOWARD HOSTS DEMO STAGE | THURSDAY, MAY 9
6:30 PM | Dean Neff, PinPoint Restaurant
7:30 PM | Brian Noyes, Red Truck Rural Bakery
8:15 PM | Cynthia Wong, Life Raft Treats
ASHLEY CHRISTENSEN HOSTS DEMO STAGE | FRIDAY, MAY 10
6:30 PM | Meherwan Irani, Chai Pani & Cheetie Kumar, Garland
7:30 PM | Lin Peterson, Locals Seafood & Keith Rhodes, Catch
8:15 PM | Vansana Nolintha, Brewery Bhavana & Michael Lee, M Restaurants
Participating Restaurants, Breweries and Distilleries for Thrive NC
42 & Lawrence
Brew n Que
Captain Cookie and the Milkman
Carolina Ale House
Curry in a Hurry
Gonza Tacos y Tequila
La Farm Bakery
Oak City Fish and Chips
Oak City Meatball Shoppe
Plates Neighborhood Kitchen
Sam Jones BBQ
Videri Chocolate Factory
WakeMed’s Café 3000
Bold Rock Hard Cider
Neuse River Brewing Co.
Trophy Brewing Co.
White Street Brewing