Hoedown at Raleigh City Farm

Come ready to celebrate local farms, food, music and drinks!

What: Raleigh City Farm's 1st Farm-Show. Coinciding with Farm Aid 2014, a national celebration of farms and good food right here in Raleigh, we're throwing a party with local farms, food, music and drinks! Join us (and Farm Aid staffers and farmers from across the country)!When: Thursday, September 11th, 7-10pmWhere: 800 N. Blount St. Raleigh

Hoedown Tickets: 1st Farm-Show & Local Gumbo (Veggie, Sausage or Seafood)

$15 presale @ www.farmaid.org/event (event info under Thursday, scroll down to registration for tickets)$20 day of Hoedown @ the Farm (limited tickets available)Farmers: Bring a Farm Business Card and get 2 Free Beer Tickets at entryMusicians: Bring an instrument and join the Bluegrass Jam and get 2 Free Beer Tickets

Local Gumbo

Join Raleigh City Farm, Firsthand Foods and Locals Seafood and as we team up with three of the best chefs in Raleigh from The Fiction Kitchen, Gravy and 18 Seaboard, all committed to supporting local farms, to serve up three uniquely Local Gumbos.

Veggie Gumbo: Featuring Raleigh City Farm & Chef Caroline Morrison of The Fiction Kitchen
  • Raleigh City Farm is a high-profile, high-production, community-supported, urban farm in the heart of Raleigh.  We accelerate new farm entrepreneurs through the benefits of co-location, shared infrastructure, collaborative production planning, co-marketing and distribution, community support, business and chef engagement.  City Farm is a food hub that increases the supply and variety of local produce availability in Raleigh by connecting urban and rural growers with city markets and urban eaters.  Kailyard Farm, Endless Sun Produce and Understory Farm are three of our principle farm entrepreneurs this year.
  • After years of hard work in the food industry and many successful pop-up food events, Caroline Morrison and Siobhan Southern finally opened the 100% vegetarian restaurant, The Fiction Kitchen, in Raleigh, NC. Their goal has been to not only prepare inspiring and beautiful vegan and vegetarian cuisine but also to support the community, local growers, bakers, brewers and artists to provide a vibrant culinary experience and start a local food revolution! The Fiction Kitchen is located at 428 S. Dawson Street.

Sausage Gumbo: Featuring Firsthand Foods & Chef Brent Hopkins of Gravy

  • Firsthand Foods connects North Carolina’s pasture-based livestock producers with local food lovers, restaurants, food service providers, and retailers.  We source from a network of remarkable farmers who raise their animals humanely, on pasture, without feeding antibiotics or animal by-products, or using added hormones.  We do the legwork necessary to get a consistent selection of quality local meats into local markets.
  • Gravy’s Executive Chef Brent Hopkins marries his love of Italian food with his passion for seasonal ingredients from area farmers. His more than 15 years of kitchen experience includes work at some of the best Italian restaurants in Portland, Or., where he shaped many of his culinary philosophies, including the farm-to-fork movement and scratch cooking. Chef Brent makes his own pasta, cures his own meats and works to foster relationships with farmers who grow the produce he uses. You’ll see all of this and more at Gravy, with a menu that reflects the bounty of each season. Recently named one of the best chefs in America, you can view his profile at Best Chefs America.

Seafood Gumbo: Featuring Locals Seafood & Chef Jason Smith of 18 Seaboard

  • Long time friends, Ryan Speckman and Lin Peterson started Locals Seafood in 2010 with a cooler full of Stumpy Point shrimp and a pick-up truck. Both Fisheries and Wildlife Science majors from NC State University, their love for the coast, the outdoors, and good seafood started early. Locals Seafood is dedicated to delivering the freshest possible seafood from North Carolina fishermen to the Triangle area. They have come a long way from the truck tailgate, and both are dedicated to sharing their knowledge and passion for North Carolina seafood.
  • As Chef-Proprietor of 18 Seaboard, Jason celebrates straightforward American cuisine with a modestly contemporary edge. By marrying all that’s he’s learned from his mentors with his enthusiasm for cooking, it’s certain that he’ll leave his mark on North Carolina dining, just as those excellent chefs left their indelible mark on him.

Local Music

Sarah Osborne, banjo player and singer from the South Carolina Broadcasters will open the show with her original solo material and collaborations with fellow Raleigh musicians. Bring your voice or an instrument for an open jam session with Sarah & Friends prior to the main act.sarah osStick around to throwdown with TONK, the City of Oak’s premiere honky tonk country band, whose original country music will rock the Raleigh City Farm stage for our very first on-farm show.tonk-2013-txt

Local Drinks

Lonerider Brewing Company, a Raleigh-based brewery, and White Street, a Wake Forest-based brewery, are providing beer for the Hoedown.  Following the Hoedown, join us around the corner @ Person Street Bar, for a special Paw Paw Fruit Cocktail, made from North Carolina’s largest and most forgotten native fruit, grown in Chatham County at Full of Life Farms and mixed with Crude Shrub.  Proceeds will support Raleigh City Farm.

EventsRebekah Beck