PepperFest, our biggest annual event, comes each year at the beginning of fall, which is the perfect time to celebrate the year’s harvest, to enjoy the cooler weather after summer’s intense heat, and to savor the deliciousness of Carolina peppers. PepperFest is a chance to hang out with your friends, listen to fantastic live music, and sample all you can eat of pepper-themed dishes and beverages, made by dozens of star chefs, brewers, distillers and more, from central N.C.
It’s also a chance to support your local foodshed, local farmers, and local sustainability, and to learn about all the amazing restaurants in our area that incorporate locally farmed ingredients into their menus.
PepperFest has grown by leaps and bounds since its humble beginnings in 2008 as a taste test for a local organic farmer‘s pepper breeding program, to today’s serious celebration of the abundance of local food in the Piedmont of North Carolina.
Creativity is on display everywhere at PepperFest — from the scrumptious concoctions dreamed up by our chefs and brewers, to the sweet melodies wafting down from the bands onstage, to the complex flavors embedded in the peppers themselves, — there’s a lot to make us proud to be from N.C.
Check out our official PepperFest website, to find out how to attend, sponsor the event, volunteer or get involved!