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Farm To Fork Picnic Hosts Sold Out Crowd With Great Local Food

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By The Raleigh Telegram

HILLSBOROUGH – Last Sunday, the annual Farm to Fork picnic once again featured a sold out crowd as hundreds of local food lovers enjoyed tasty food, desserts, beer, music, and more at the W.C. Breeze Family Farm just outside of Hillsborough in Orange County.

The annual event is organized by Orange County, the Center for Environmental Farming Systems at NC State University, Slow Food Triangle, the NC Agricultural Foundation and other groups.  The event benefits farmer training programs at Breeze Farm, which trains farmers on sustainable agricultural techniques and other innovative farming methods.

Once again this year, turnout was great for the event and the Breeze Farm was filled with enthusiastic attendees, volunteers, local chefs and brewers, farmers, and musicians.  Rain held off until the event just finished, so folks got to eat outside and listen to music or enjoy tours of the farm.

The dishes this year once again included everything from goat meat barbecue with goat’s cheese topping to blueberry pies and even a Korean dish named Bo Ssam that used pork shoulder from the Lucky 3 Farm. Another favorite dish was a fried corn dog made with local meats combined with potato outsides with a side of homemade mustard.

All of the food was grown or made locally and local farms, local restaurants, and local catering companies provided all of the food.

The beverages were even local and included beer made in Durham by Fullsteam brewery and Bull City Burger and Brewery that was made with wild mulberries.  Some hard cider was also provided straight from the wooden cask at the event as well.  A local soft drink was also provided that combined ginger, soda water, and blueberries.

Music was provided underneath the big tent by local musicians including bluegrass music from the Deep Gap Band and the Occoneechee String Band.

The venue once again lived up to its name “Farm to Fork,” as everyone enjoyed a fantastic afternoon sampling local fare at its finest.  ::

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Article Posted: Saturday, June 15th, 2013.

Photo: The Telegram.