The Festival

TerraVita Food & Drink Festival began in October 2010 and has been named one of the 10 Southern Food Festivals You Need to Taste by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and 4 Can’t Miss Southern Food Festivals by PeterGreenberg.com. Far more than a chance to indulge, TerraVita has earned its reputation as a premier culinary event in the Southeast because of its commitment to spreading the gospel of sustainable food and drink and promoting award-winning chefs, authors, educators, producers and farmers.

“Our goal is to create an amazing experience – while working with participants, volunteers, partners and attendees who care about how that experience affects the earth," says TerraVita Founder Colleen Minton. "We are also committed to developing content that challenges those participating on both sides of the table. Ultimately, we want to produce four thought-provoking, unforgettable days that touch our community and provide many delicious bites, as well."

The Chapel Hill, NC-based fall festival, now in its 10th and final year, offers exceptional dinners, tasting events, after parties and chef demos as well as the Sustainable Classroom – educational sessions featuring renowned chefs, authors and national media. In all, more than 100 different participants come from all across the Southeast and beyond. As one of the country’s leading events focused on sustainable food and drink, TerraVita lives its mission of producing a zero-waste event by employing the intensive use of compostable goods and recycling nearly all of the waste produced at the event. For updates, follow @TerraVitaFest on Twitter and Instagram and TerraVita Food & Drink Festival on Facebook.

Giving Back

Our festival's mission is to bolster the community we cherish. Since our founding in 2010, TerraVita has raised more than $60,000 for local organizations, including the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, CHOP NC (Culinary Historians of Piedmont), the Carrboro Farmers’ Market, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and TABLE.

In 2018, the TerraVita Educational Foundation is partnering with TABLE and Hungry Harvest during the four-day festival to pack 750 bags of nonperishable foods and fresh produce for local families. Hungry Harvest is a farm-to-doorstep rescued produce delivery service that expanded to central North Carolina from Baltimore in January 2018. Since that expansion, they have rescued 15,000 pounds of produce in our state. They work with farmers and wholesalers to recover their surplus and their “aesthetically challenged” produce, assemble it into variety boxes and deliver it to doorsteps every week. Each delivery saves at least 10 pounds of produce from going to waste.

The Hungry Harvest food resources we pack during TerraVita will assist TABLE, a Chapel Hill- and Carrboro-based nonprofit committed to providing healthy emergency food to hungry children each week. 

Nearly 30 percent of kids in the Chapel Hill and Carrboro City Schools district are food insecure and rely on the National School Lunch program to eat. These children are most at risk for hunger during the weekends, holidays and summer months. This is where TABLE comes in.

In just 10 years, TABLE has delivered more than 100,000 bags of fresh food and healthy nonperishables directly to kids at their schools, within after school programs or to their homes. During the 2017-18 school year, TABLE served 650 kids every week and 525 children each week during the summer. TABLE’s goal for 2018-19 is to feed 750 children every week.