711 Washington Street, Durham
The award-winning distillery specializes in gin and a selection of crafted liqueurs. Visitors can tour the distillery and discover how Melissa and Lee Katrincic, former scientists, have incorporated modern lab techniques with timeless gin-making traditions to create their small-batch spirits. And thanks to a new law, you can purchase one bottle to take home with you.
Farm Table Kitchen & Bar
960 Gateway Commons Cir, Wake Forest
This seasonal restaurant from the Giorgios Group is working with local farmers and providers to offer guests a fresh, rustic inspired menu. The restaurant even has its own onsite herb garden to season its dishes. Favorite plates include garden risotto with roasted tomato and sweet corn and seared scallops with house-made vegetable noodles. Eat al fresco on the outdoor patio and garden, or enjoy your meal inside at farm tables in the homespun decor.
TerraVita Food & Wine Festival
Multiple Locations, Chapel Hill, Sept. 28-Oct. 1
This mouth-watering event is a great reason to head to Chapel Hill. Known for spreading “the gospel for sustainable food and drink,” the four-day festival offers attendees a diverse schedule of culinary events, including the Deep Run Roots dinner with TV personality Vivian Howard of PBS’s “A Chef’s Life” and the Sustainable Classroom, where participants can learn from cookbook authors, brewers, bakers and more. Choose one event to attend or the whole series.
Haw River Farmhouse Ales
1713 Sax-Beth Church Road, Saxapahaw
Beer lovers won’t find the 45-minute trek to Haw River Farmhouse Ales too far. Nestled at the end of the Saxapahaw Rivermill, a beautifully restored cotton mill and dye house on the banks of the Haw River, the brewery focuses on crafting beer in the Belgian tradition. The brewers take local sourcing seriously with their Farmhand Exchange program, supporting their neighbors, farmers and providers within a 100-mile radius.
Peak City Grill and Bar
126 N. Salem St., Apex
This locally owned eatery housed in a historic 1905 building was completely restored to capture as much of the original detail as possible, including the tin ceiling. The menu, however, offers contemporary American dishes such as artichoke fritters, drunken sea scallops and more. Plan your visit on a Tuesday, Thursday or Friday and enjoy live music.