Food Festivals and Events in Fayetteville, NC Summer 2024
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Food Festivals and Events in Fayetteville, NC Summer 2024

There are many culinary events taking place in Fayetteville during the summer.

These include a festival highlighting food insecurity, a holiday-themed drag brunch, an event featuring dishes inspired by a beloved old-time soul food restaurant, a vegan cooking class and a black-ish barbecue competition, now in its third year.

Bring your appetite to Fayetteville’s culinary events happening in July and August.

Underground Food Festival

The Underground Food Festival (TUFF) will take place Saturday at Festival Park. The event will raise awareness of food insecurity by collecting food for the Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC, with a portion of ticket sales going to the nonprofit. Events include food trucks, live music, games and giveaways.

Children 12 and under get in for free. Tickets can be purchased in advance on Eventbrite and are $15 for children 13 and up and $25 for adults. Tickets sold at the door are $20 for children 13 and up and $30 for adults. Attendees can bring five canned food items for $5 off the ticket price.

Date and time: July 13, 1:00-5:00 p.m.

Address: Address: 335 Ray Ave.

Online: Search for “Underground Food” on Facebook

Christmas in July Drag Brunch

Carolina Drag Brunch brings the spirit of Christmas to the stage with the Christmas in July Drag Brunch at Gaston Brewing Taproom, open to adults 21 and older. Drag queens Amanda Playwith, Kirby Kolby, Emory Starr, Portia Foxx and Jereka Michaels will perform after the brunch buffet. Tickets start at $22 and can be purchased at carolinadragbrunch.com.

Date and time: 11:00 July 14th

Address: 421 Chicago Drive

Online: www.carolinadragbrunch.com

Black Excellence Meeting: Remembering Vick

The fourth annual Remembering Vick’s event is part of the Black Excellence Reunion July 20 at Festival Park. Meals inspired by the former Vick’s Drive-In soul food restaurant, which operated on Rowan Street in Fayetteville for 57 years, are $10.

Date and time: 4:00-7:00 p.m. July 20

Address: Address: 335 Ray Ave.

Online: Organizer Rakeem Jones’ Facebook page or search “Black Excellence Reunion” on Facebook

Vegan BBQ

Prima Elements Holistic Wellness Center is hosting a vegan barbecue on July 26 where attendees will learn how to cook plant-based summer dishes. Tickets are $20 and must be purchased in advance on Eventbrite.

Date and time: 6:30 PM July 26

Address: Anderson Street 124

Online: Search for “vegan cookout” on Eventbrite

Wonderland Brunch

World of Beer Bar & Kitchen is hosting a Harry Potter-themed brunch on July 27. The event is said to transport attendees to the enchanted world of Hogwarts.

Date and time: 11 a.m. July 27th

Address: Skibo Road 1944

Online: Search for “Wizarding World Brunch” on Facebook

Black BBQ Contest

The Black BBQ Cook-Off in Fayetteville, now in its third year, will take place Aug. 17 at the Crown Complex. Participants will cook pork ribs, chicken thighs and brisket for a chance to win trophies and cash in each meat category and overall. Admission is free. To sample the pulled pork entries and vote for the winner, purchase $20 tickets on Eventbrite.

Date and time: August 17, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Address: 1960 Coliseum Drive

Online: Search for “Black BBQ Cook Off” on Eventbrite

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