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picture of a set table and a banner with information about the Farm Feast

Farm Feast at Raising Roots Tickets

SOLD OUT- The next Farm Feast will be on June 28, 2025. Tickets will go on sale in April 2025. Sign up for the Extension newsletter  (sign up link located on our main page), follow Raising Roots or Eat, Drink and Be Local on Facebook or check the Catawba County Local Food Guide online at

Eat, Drink, and Be Local eat, drink be local logo with picture of produce

June 24-29,  2024 

Schedule of Events

Monday June 24th
6 p.m. Smithupickfarm   FREE

7584 Greedy Highway, Hickory, NC
SmithUpickFarm has been primarily a blueberry farm for many years but has started to plant blackberries, raspberries (ready next year) and U-Pick flowers, available this year. Register Here

Tuesday June 25th

6 p.m. 8:28 Farms  FREE

1828 Houston Mill Rd, Conover
8:28 Farms is a newer farm in our area, specializing in heritage Mangalista  pigs, chickens, vegetables and herbs. Register Here

Wednesday June 26th 
10 a.m.-12 p.m. Cooking Demonstration Hickory Farmers Market 

Under the Sails, Downtown Hickory

5:30 p.m. Canning 101 with Extension Agent Andrea Sherrill from Iredell County. FREE

Learn the basics of canning and food preservation. Andrea will cover pressure and hot water bath canning.
N.C. Cooperative Extension- Catawba Center, 1175 S. Brady Ave. Newton
Register Here

Thursday June 27th
11 a.m.-1 p.m. Cooking Demonstration at The Public Health Farmers Market

3070 11th Ave. Dr. SE, Hickory, NC

5:30 p.m. Growing and Using Medicinal Herbs for Teas with Extension Agent Susan Hawkins from Davie County. FREE

Susan is one of the founders of the Piedmont Medicinal Herb Growers Group. This will be on the night of our monthly Lost Arts Group Meeting. This is a great chance to check this club out and meet people who are interested in gardening, cooking, raising animals, fermentation, and so much more. There is a always a sharing table.
Register Here

N.C. Cooperative Extension- Catawba Center  1175 S. Brady Ave. Newton, NC

Saturday 29th FARM FEAST- 6-9 p.m. Raising Roots Farm $45

SOLD OUT. Check back in with us in 2025, Farm Feast June 28th. Tickets will go on sale in April 2025.

Chef/Farmer Pairings

More info about the chefs

Ben Sullivan (Charolais Steak House/ Cranford Brothers BBQ/ City Walk Brewing and Distilling) will be paired with Mai’s Farm

Calvin Reyes (Esquire Hotel and the new North Hickory Market) will be paired with Steele’s Town Creek Farm

Rick Doherr (Executive chef for Snider Fleet Solutions) will be paired with Eyrie Summit Farm

Brozdan Elliott (Esquire Hotel- Gastonia) will be paired with True Cut Ranch

Daniel Wheeler (Corporate Chef at UNOX, Inc.) will be paired with Walker Farms

Jason Trivette (Owner of Chef Trivette’s Conceptions) will be paired with Honey Tree Farm

Eat, Drink and Be Local is an annual weeklong celebration of local food in Catawba County happening in June or July. You can join in by enjoying shopping at the farmers market and trying a new recipe at home, or attending one of the many events throughout the week. For information contact April Vigardt at 828-465-8243 or

If you would like to be involved with the festival as a volunteer, please contact April Vigardt