GRAZEFEST on Wednesday, June 23
A Celebration of Grass-Fed and Pasture-Raised Foods from North Carolina's Small Farms
The Raleigh Downtown Farmers Market will host GrazeFest, a celebration of grass-fed and pasture-raised farm foods, on Wednesday June 23 from 10am – 2pm. The market, located each week at City Plaza on the 400 block of Fayetteville Street, invites food lovers of all ages to enjoy festivities that showcase North Carolina’s harvest of beef, lamb, pork, poultry, cheeses, eggs, milk and other dairy products. The event features a chef demonstration by Sarig Agasi of Zely & Ritz, an ice-cream eating contest with Lumpy’s Ice Cream, and bluegrass music by Old Habits. Portia McKnight of Chapel Hill Creamery will show aspiring cheese-makers how to stretch mozzarella using milk from her Jersey cows raised down the road in Orange County. Festival goers can purchase a grass-fed lunch prepared by market farmer Coon Rock Farm. They will be serving grilled bratwurst from pasture raised heritage breeds for $5 per sandwich. At 11:30 am, kids are invited to a special EGGstravaganza with egg relays, veggie trivia, veggie charades, and a market scavenger hunt.
While at the market, customers can visit the information booth and sign up for a free raffle where they can win a copy of The Grassfed Gourmet Cookbook, or 4 flex tickets including a parking pass to a North Carolina Symphony’s Summerfest concert of choice ($90). All meat lovers are invited to pick up a free copy of “The Great News about Grass,” an informative publication offering tips for making the most of pasture-raised foods and showcasing great recipes.
10:00 am - Market Opens
10:30 am-11:15 am - Bluegrass Music by Old Habits
11:15 am-11:30 am - Mozzarella Stretching Demonstration, Portia McKnight, Chapel Hill Creamery
11:30 am-12:00 pm - Bluegrass Music by Old Habits
11:30 pm - EGGstravaganza
12:00 pm-12:30 pm - Chef Demonstration, Sarig Agasi, Zely & Ritz
12:30-1:00 pm - Bluegrass Music by Old Habits
1:00 pm-1:15 pm - Lumpy’s Ice Cream Eating Contest
1:15 pm-1:45 pm - Bluegrass Music by Old Habits
2:00 pm- Market Closes
The Raleigh Downtown Farmers Market is hosting GRAZEFEST to bring together food lovers of all ages to sample local foods from the region’s most dedicated small-scale farmers and to help raise awareness of the health, environmental, animal-welfare, and culinary benefits of allowing farm animals to roam on pasture and eat what nature intended.
About Grazfest The Raleigh Downtown Farmers Market is one of many organizations across the nation to hold a Grazefest event this year. GRAZEFESTsm began in 2004 as a national grassroots campaign to promote the diverse flavors and unique farming and ranching techniques of small-scale family farmers who are dedicating their lives to finding humane and environmentally responsible alternatives to large-scale “factory farms.” Grass-based farming has gained favor with animal welfare advocates, wildlife preservationists, environmentalists, health and nutrition experts, and social justice advocates who view these unique farming and ranching techniques as critical to the health and well-being of farm animals and the farmers who work the land. It has also captured the attention of food enthusiasts and professional chefs, who embrace the unique flavors and outstanding quality of the beef, pork, lamb, bison, goat, poultry, milk, and cheeses that come from animals raised on well-managed pastures.