Participants eat dinner during last year's Feast Down East Raise the Barn event. (Photo by Kyle Maples/UNCW)
Feast Down East will host the 4th annual Raise the Barn, a gourmet farm-to-fork dinner, on May 20 at the New Hanover County Arboretum.
The event showcases food prepared by locally-renowned chefs and proceeds support Feast Down East’s mission to grow the local food system in Southeastern North Carolina.
Raise the Barn will feature a tapas-style gourmet dinner prepared with locally grown and raised ingredients sourced through the Feast Down East Food Hub, or directly through area farms and fisheries. Guests can expect a wide variety of savory and sweet dishes from area chefs including Ryan Andress of UNCW Campus Dining, John Balderson of Plantation Village and Craig Love of Surf House. An open bar will feature local beer, wine and a specialty cocktail.
“This will be our second year hosting Raise the Barn at the Arboretum,” said Feast Down East associate director, Sarah Daniels. “We will capitalize on all the great things about this venue and add some fun new activities to give the event new life.”
There will be a raffle, a photo booth, corn hole, live music from modern bluegrass artists Brothers Egg, and more, said Daniels. Guests will also have the opportunity to meet both farmers and chefs who are at the forefront of the local food movement.
Early bird tickets are on sale now through April 30 and are $95 per person (the price increases to $115 on May 1). Tickets and sponsorship information are available online
Daniels said updates about the event, including additional participating chefs and teasers about the evening’s surprise activities, can be found on the Facebook event page
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