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Terra Vita has your tickets on sale now

Terra Vita in Chapel Hill includes a lot of classrooms and knowledge, but there’s plenty of food too.
Terra Vita in Chapel Hill includes a lot of classrooms and knowledge, but there’s plenty of food too.

What’s Terra Vita? That’s Chapel Hill’s annual festival that involves food, drink and lots of deep thoughts on sustainable food production. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution named it “One of the 10 Southern Food Festivals You Need To Taste.”

I had the good luck to be invited as a speaker last year (OK, so everybody provides the deep thoughts, I just keep talking and hope I say something smart), on a bourbon-focused panel with Gary Crunkelton and chefs Bill Smith Jr. and William Dissen of Asheville’s Marketplace. I have to say it was a fascinating event, with classroom-style discussion bracketed by dinner events and drinking events.

Tickets have just gone on sale for this year’s festival, Oct. 8-10: You can get day passes ($65 for Friday, $55 for Saturday) or a two-day pass for $110 that gets you five total classes.

The lineup looks pretty swell:

Waste Not: Scraps, Bites & Bits; Me, Myself & Ribeye: An Exploration of Home Butchery; Beyond the Bar: Cocoa from Salty to Sweet, Lands of Milk and Honey: An Exploration of Terroir in Wine and Cheese; Apple of Our Eye: Cider and the Apple; NC in Five Drinks; NC in Five Plates; Spirited: The Souls and Stories Behind the Cocktails; Praise the Lard: Show & Tell With a Misunderstood Fat; and Sour Power House: Demystifying Sour Beer.

Speakers range from Andrea Weigl, my colleague at The News & Observer, food writer Robert Moss and Phoebe Lawless of Scratch.

Get the full lineup and schedule, and tickets of course, at www.terravitaevent.com.

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